"Silverman" golden for Comedy Central

Tue Feb 6, 2007 10:19am EST

Comedian Sarah Silverman arrives at the 2006 American Music Awards on November 21, 2006 in Los Angeles. ''The Sarah Silverman Program'' got off to a good start for Comedy Central. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Comedian Sarah Silverman arrives at the 2006 American Music Awards on November 21, 2006 in Los Angeles. ''The Sarah Silverman Program'' got off to a good start for Comedy Central.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Sarah Silverman Program" got off to a good start for Comedy Central.

The network's new original series drew an average of 1.8 million total viewers last week in its premiere. That figure makes the show's debut the best for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series "Drawn Together" (2.2 million viewers) in 2004.

The half-hour "Silverman," which premiered at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, also garnered 1.3 million viewers in adults 18-49, making it Thursday's most-watched primetime cable program in the demo.

The series features Sarah Silverman playing a character -- named Sarah Silverman -- whose absurd daily life is told through an array of scripted scenes and song. The show co-stars her real-life sister Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee and Jay Johnston.

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