‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ Tops Newcomers on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart; ‘Ava’ Remains No. 1

Comedy Central’s South Park: The Pandemic Special was the top new release on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart, coming in at No. 13 the week ended Oct. 3.

The standalone hourlong special, which satirizes society’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, aired Sept. 30 on Comedy Central and became available on HBO Max and other online sources the next day. The special is technically the start of the show’s 24th season, although additional episodes have not yet been scheduled.

The No. 1 title on the chart for a second consecutive week was Ava, a thriller from Vertical Entertainment that stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin. The movie is also available to rent on disc exclusively from Redbox. However, the Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, does not account for rental data.

The rest of the top 20 wasn’t much different from the previous week.

No. 2 was Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, which moved up one spot from the previous week.

The three seasons of Paramount’s drama series “Yellowstone” continued to occupy the top 10, with the third season at No. 3, the first season at No. 5, and the second season at No. 6.

No. 4 was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, climbing eight spots as Halloween-themed titles begin to assert themselves during October. Always a top seller around Halloween time, the 1993 film about three Salem witches who are resurrected in modern times was given a boost this year by a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray re-release.

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Likewise, Warner’s 1988 spooky comedy Beetlejuice returned to the list at No. 11 after a few weeks off the list, which it was on a few weeks ago after its own 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release.

And Disney’s 1993 animated fantasy The Nightmare Before Christmas joined the list for the first time at No. 16.

  1. Ava (Vertical)
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Hocus Pocus (Disney)
  5. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  6. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  7. Alone (Magnolia)
  8. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. Rick and Morty: Season 4 (Warner)
  10. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  11. Beetlejuice (Warner)
  12. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  13. South Park: The Pandemic Special (Paramount/Comedy Central)
  14. Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Lionsgate)
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)
  17. Outlander: Season 5 (Sony Pictures)
  18. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  19. The Silencing (Lionsgate)
  20. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Oct. 3.

‘South Park’ 23rd Season on Disc June 23

Paramount Home Entertainment will release South Park: Season 23  on Blu-ray Disc and DVD June 23.

The uncensored collector’s edition features the 300th episode of the series. This season the “South Park” characters explore the wonders of the human biome, tackle the consequences of immigration and get banned in China.

The Blu-ray will include #SocialCommentary with fun trivia and behind-the-scenes tidbits on each episode.

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‘South Park’ Coming to HBO Max in June 2020

HBO Max, the upcoming streaming platform from WarnerMedia set to launch in May 2020, has secured exclusive streaming rights in the U.S. to Comedy Central’s “South Park.”

The multiyear licensing deal was completed with South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. All 23 seasons of Parker and Stone’s award-winning animated satire will become available exclusively on the streamer in June 2020 followed by three new seasons, which will debut on HBO Max 24 hours after each episode premieres on Comedy Central.

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“‘South Park’ is unequivocally among the best — setting the satirical gold standard, with a consistent finger on the comedy pulse,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, and president of TBS, TNT, and TruTV. “Audiences have connected with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny — either alive or dead — for over 20 years, and we look forward to connecting these characters to new audiences on HBO Max.”

For the past six years, “South Park” has been the No. 1 primetime cable comedy among young adults, garnering 44 million viewers on cable last year alone. Since premiering in 1997, “South Park” has earned 19 Emmy Award nominations, five Emmy wins and a Peabody Award.

A Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter recently reported that Viacom and the “South Park” creators were poised to reap between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the irreverent animated series.

Report: ‘South Park’ Creators and Viacom Poised to Reap Half a Billion for Streaming Rights

“South Park” creators and Viacom could reap between $450 million and $500 million by selling the streaming rights to the irreverent animated series, according to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter.

The news outlet reported that as many as a half dozen companies are bidding for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to past episodes of the show, according to the sources.

The show has recently been available on Hulu, now controlled by Disney.

Viacom and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone hope to ink a new deal by the end of 2019 with a decision on the winner that could come as soon as this weekend, said the anonymous sources.

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Past seasons of popular TV shows have been a hot commodity as the number of streaming services have proliferated, with such shows as “The Office” and “Friends” set to move from Netflix to Comcast’s Peacock and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, respectively, for eye-popping prices. For its part, Netflix just picked up worldwide rights for “Seinfeld” for a half billion.

“South Park” is the longest-running show on Viacom’s Comedy Central and has been renewed for another three seasons.

‘South Park’ Season 22 on Disc May 28

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Comedy Central’s South Park: The Complete Twenty-Second Season on Blu-ray and DVD May 28.

The 10 episodes showcase Cartman, Kenny, Stan, Kyle, Butters and the rest of the South Park gang as they deal with legalized weed, an Amazon distribution center, e-scooters and an attack by ManBearPig.

The two-disc sets will include deleted scenes and mini-commentaries on all episodes by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The Blu-ray also includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes.

‘South Park’ Season 21 Coming to Disc June 5

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Comedy Central’s South Park: The Complete Twenty-First Season on Blu-ray and DVD June 5 (order date April 24).

All 10 episodes featuring Cartman, Kenny, Stan, Kyle, Butters and the rest of the group will be uncensored as they take on the opioid epidemic, experiment with water bears, dig into the underbelly of social media and go to war with Canada.

The two-disc sets also include deleted scenes and season commentary by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  The Blu-ray set also includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes.