Beavis and Butt-Head Returns With a Bang


Are Beavis and Butt-Head still relevant in 2012? The 3.3 million viewers who watched Thursday's resurrection of the Mike Judge–created nineties icons would seem to indicate the answer is a very solid "Heh-heh. Yes." While it certainly didn't hurt that Beavis aired in the golden 10 p.m. time slot normally occupied by Jersey Shore (which averaged over 7 million viewers each week last season), the numbers are nonetheless pretty stunning. Not only did the toon draw a big overall crowd, it absolutely crushed in MTV's core demos. With viewers 12-34, Beavis averaged a 2.6 rating, double MTV's prime-time average and easily beating scripted competition at 10 p.m. on ABC and NBC. The show also outdrew everything on ABC, CBS, and NBC Thursday except for Grey's Anatomy , The Big Bang Theory, and The Office, respectively. Also, despite airing opposite an epic Game 6 of the World Series, Beavis averaged a 3.4 rating with males 12-34. That's just a hair better than the 3.3 male 12-34 rating South Park earned Wednesday. MTV is labeling this batch of episodes the ninth season of Beavis; barring a massive drop-off in the next couple of weeks, Season 10 is a no-brainer.