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“Ted” sets record for U.S. comedy import at Sky

More than 1.3 million households tuned in to watch the show on Comcast-owned Sky Max, according to viewership data.

More than 1.3 million households tuned in to watch the show on Comcast-owned Sky Max, according to viewership data.

"Ted" is a television prequel of the popular film franchise from Seth MacFarlane. The series streams on Peacock in the United States and airs on Sky Max in the United Kingdom. (Promotional photo courtesy NBC Universal)
“Ted” is a television prequel of the popular film franchise from Seth MacFarlane. The series streams on Peacock in the United States and airs on Sky Max in the United Kingdom. (Promotional photo courtesy NBC Universal)

A television adaptation of the film franchise “Ted” has proven to be a hit in the United Kingdom.

The Seth MacFarlane-created series saw more than 1.38 million people tune in to Comcast-owned channel Sky Max during its seven-episode run over a period of 28 days, according to the measurement firm Barb Audiences (formerly the Broadcast Audience Research Board).

The series serves as a prequel to MacFarlane’s two film series, and follows the foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear and his best friend John, who brought him to life by wishing on a falling star.

Making an appearance in the series are John’s parents, Matty and Susan, along with his cousin, Blaire, who crashes at the home in-between college classes.

The series streams exclusively on Peacock in the United States, where it debuted earlier this year. It was brought to Sky Max in February, and became the most-watched U.S. comedy import since Sky started keeping records in 2002.

Ted is co-produced by Universal Content Productions, which is also owned by Comcast, as well as Fuzzy Door Studios and MRC.

All episodes of Ted are available to stream on-demand through Now TV, which offers linear channels and replay content from Sky.

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