Comedy Central acknowledges milestones in online, mobile platforms for South Park, Tosh.0

Amid all of the TV news making waves this week, Comedy Central put out a press release acknowledging the grand future of TV — which, of course, is on our computers and our telephones.

What the release actually announced was Comedy Central's biggest traffic week ever online, with close to 26 million videos streamed digitally online for the week of May 2, 2011.

Thank Osama bin Laden, or rather, his death, for that? That's what the network said drove viewers to clips about it from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Two other figures jumped out from the release:

The South Park episode, "Funnybot," was Comedy Central Digital's most-watched content, with upward of 1 million starts and more than 2.5 million overall streams. I wonder how that compares with online audiences for the broadcast networks.

And Daniel Tosh's series, Tosh.0, became the first Comedy Central app to hit the 1 million download mark via iPhone and iPad. That's building and maintaining a loyal audience for the series, which returns with new episodes next week.

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