*The fifth season premiere of “Drunk History” (Jan. 23), featuring narration by Tiffany Haddish and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin, helped to give the Comedy Central show a massive boost in the ratings.
The Emmy Award-winning show, which has famous people imbibing alcohol before explaining and reenacting important moments in history, improved on season four’s premiere by 44% among Men 18-34 and 19% among Adults 18-34.
Tiff’s episode, titled “Heroines,” had the comic reciting the story of Rose Valland a woman who recovered priceless works of art after they were stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
Haddish begins by telling host Derek Waters that she, too, dabbles in art. She used to make the men she brought home color with her to see if they “stayed in the lines.” If they failed, they weren’t getting any.
Tuesday’s episode also featured narration by Paget Brewster and reenactments by Busy Philipps, Evan Rachel Wood, and Mandy Moore. It was the timeslot’s #1 rated cable original among Men 18-34, and it improved upon Comedy Central’s year-ago ratings across all tracked demos, up 153% among Women 18-49, 84% among Adults 18-49, 53% among Men 18-49, and 50% among total viewers.
“Drunk History” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and can be streamed on cc.com and the CC App.