"South Park" Ratings: Spielberg Rape Episode Draws Record Audience

11/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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

Wednesday night's premiere was seen by an average of 3.7 million viewers, up 21% from last fall's debut and topping all of cable during its time period. It stands as the show's most-watched fall premiere since 1999.

In the episode, the kids are traumatized by memories of watching "Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," remembering how the movie essentially "raped" the 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.

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