No Joke: The Comedy Network Has Best December, Ever

— January 12, 2015

– THE COMPLETE BIG BANG-A-THON scores big with top episode drawing more than half a million viewers –

– Other big audience draws included mega-star comedian Jeff Dunham’s specials ALL OVER THE MAP and his VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, and THE COLBERT REPORT series finale –

– 2015 sees the return of GROUND FLOOR, SIRENS, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and the premieres of ANGIE TRIBECA, BUZZY’S, and Comedy original series JFL: ALL ACESS –

TORONTO (January 12, 2015) – Comedy had the last laugh in December as it experienced its most-watched month in the channel’s history with an average audience of 87,000 viewers, climbing four spots to rank #3 among Canadian entertainment specialty networks in the key A18-49 demo. The top-scoring program in December was THE BIG BANG THEORY where its top episode “The Hesitation Ramification”, delivered an audience of 567,000 viewers during THE COMPLETE BIG BANG-A-THON, which ran from December 24-30. This episode is also the top broadcast on Comedy this broadcast year-to-date. Honourable mentions go to the Canadian premiere of JEFF DUNHAM: ALL OVER THE MAP which drew an audience of 512,000 viewers. His holiday special, JEFF DUNHAM’S VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL clocked in with an audience of 351,000 viewers on December 23. Last but not least, the bitter-sweet series finale of THE COLBERT REPORT on December 18 saw an audience of 296,000 viewers checking in for one final dose of truthiness. January launched with a bang as Comedy claimed the top stop among entertainment specialties on New Year’s Day in the key A18-49 demo. Providing that boost were stand-up specials including Gabriel Iglesias’s ALOHA FLUFFY Part 1, Jeff Dunham’s ALL OVER THE MAP, and George Carlin’s CARLIN AT CARNEGIE, with each capturing an average audience of more than 200,000 total viewers. Throughout the year, Comedy viewers can look forward to the return of buzz-worthy series with Season 2 of GROUND FLOORand SIRENS premiering January 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, February 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, respectively. Also coming up this Winter/Spring is the Season 3 premiere of INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, and the exclusive series premieres of the much-anticipated comedy from Steve and Nancy Carell, ANGIE TRIBECA starring Rashida Jones, as well as BUZZY’Sstarring George Wendt and Ashley Tisdale. Returning this Summer is the Comedy original series JFL: ALL ACCESS with Season 3, and the second half of Season 4 of KEY & PEELE.   SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: The Comedy Network on Facebook The Comedy Network on Twitter

About The Comedy Network:

Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.


– Comedy –


Press Room

Andrea Allen

Manager, Publicity, Entertainment Specialty Channels

Mary Costa

Senior Manager, Publicity Specialty and Streaming