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Eleven years on the air and "South Park" is still setting Comedy Central ratings records -- and offending viewers.

Wednesday night's premiere (3.7 million, 2.5 adults 18-49 rating) was up 21% from last fall's debut and topped all of cable during its time period. It stands as the show's most-watched fall premiere since 1999. "Park" also helped the premiere of "The Sarah Silverman Program" (2.4 million viewers, 1.6), which was up 18% to a series high.

Those expecting the "South Park" opener to revisit the creative heights of last year's "Imaginationland" trilogy may have been disappointed, however. Though any gag mocking the faux-authenticity of P.F. Chang's and the militancy of China's Olympics opening ceremony is always welcome, the show's other (and admittedly more funny) storyline left some viewers wincing even by "South Park" standards.

In the episode, the Colorado kids are traumatized by memories of watching "Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" over the summer, saying the movie essentially "raped" their action-hero icon. The episode featured a trio of parodies from famous movie rape scenes ("The Accused," "Clockwork Orange" and "Deliverance") to make the point that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg violated their beloved character in the long-awaited, yet ultimately disappointing sequel.

Paramount execs were apparently taken by surprise and didn't watch the episode (can't take your eyes off Trey and Matt for a minute, can you?).

Source: THRFeed.com

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'Indiana Jones' Studio Caught Off Guard by 'South Park' Attack

(Oct. 10) - This week's "South Park" episode opened up a vicious attack on George Lucas and Steven Spielberg for allegedly "raping Indiana Jones" when they brought the beloved archaeologist back to the silver screen this summer in "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull."

It's a move that could lead to further tension between Paramount and its parent company Viacom, which also produces the Comedy Central hit.

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that top execs at the studio were not made aware of the episode, which dreamed up recreated rape scenes from "Deliverance" and "The Accused" but with Lucas and Spielberg as the aggressors and Indiana Jones as the victim. Paramount is reportedly eyeing talks with its parent company over the matter.

Viacom is used to hearing complaints from Paramount about "South Park," like in 2005 when an episode targeting Scientology drew the ire of Tom Cruise, who was ramping up promotion of "Mission:Impossible III" at the time. The actor reportedly threatened to cease promoting the movie if Comedy Central continued airing the show, titled "Trapped in the Closet." The network allowed a repeat to air, but then pulled it from the rotation.

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wow i have to catch this on hulu

i recently turned off my cable

jmho

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I used to love and watch South Park......but I finally either grew up or got bored with it. I haven't watch an episode in probably 3-4 years.

jmho :pixiedust:

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lol cartman gets his azz kicked by a girl was funny

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The sad reality is this: South Park will eventually end. However, don't expect Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny to go away with a black screen for 15 seconds or be thrown into a Latham, Massachusetts, jail. Creator Trey Parker is leaning towards a more glamorous farewell: a sendoff on the big screen.

"We talked about maybe some day doing a movie to sort of end it all, and that seems like the best idea," Parker told The Los Angeles Times. "That's been a big thought to do the last show as a movie."

The foul-mouthed kids have graced the big screen before, courtesy of 1999's "f***"-filled South Park: Bigger, Louder, & Uncut, but that gem was merely a way for Parker to tap into his love of show tunes and built on an already passionate fan base. The series film finale would have to be the mother lode of all genius South Park ideas--and Parker and cocreator Matt Stone already thought they had that very idea.

"We came up with this pretty good idea for a movie, and then of course what happened was we got in the middle of a South Park run, and were completely out of ideas," explained Parker. "And we were like, well, we've got to use the movie idea. And that became [the three-part episode] 'Imaginationland.'"

As of now, there doesn't appear to be any end on the horizon for South Park, so don't expect a movie from Parker and Stone any time soon--be it South Park-related or not. The duo's last film, Team America, ended up becoming a much more arduous task than initially thought and "killed the movie spirit" in them.

No complaints here if we have to just endure more South Park instead.

Source: TV.com

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