Last night's premiere of Jesse Ventura's conspiracy series on truTV averaged 1.6 million viewers, which the network says was its "biggest audience ever for a new series launch."
truTV says the ratings for Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura were up 82 percent compared to the same programming last year. Among key demos, the show was up 84 percent with males 18-34, up 74 percent with males 18-49, and up 66 percent with adults 18-49.
Compared to the previous four weeks of programming in the same timeslot, truTV says Ventura's premiere episode was up 80 percent in total viewers and in the range of 50-60 percent growth among key demos.
It was nice that Jesse gave the show some good publicity by almost twisting of the head of comedian Jim Norton on some Sirius satellite radio show.
We hear Jesse was also great with Howard Stern, but unfortunately we and most of the rest of the world didn't get to listen to that one and Howard's people aren't as generous with the viral video.