TED proves a huge success with UK viewers

Ted breaks Sky records to become the biggest US comedy launch over the last 20 years* 

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Following the huge success of the global hit film franchise, Ted, the loveable, foul-mouthed teddy bear returned in 2024 to take over the small screen in a seven-episode prequel series. From Emmy-winning creator Seth MacFarlane, Ted - which debuted on Sky Max earlier this year – has secured the biggest US comedy launch audience* on Sky, since records began in 2002. The welcome return of Ted has been reflected in viewing figures with the opening episode on Sky in the UK hitting just over 1.36 million views in the 28 days following TX*. 

In this prequel series to the Ted films, it's 1993, and Ted the bear’s (Seth MacFarlane) moment of fame has passed.  He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennett (Max Burkholder), along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan (Scott Grimes and Alanna Ubach) and cousin Blaire (Giorgia Whigham).  Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship. 

Ted is co-produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Fuzzy Door and MRC. The prequel series is based on the hit Universal Pictures and MRC’s Ted. 

For UK fans who haven’t yet had a chance to check out Ted, all episodes are available to watch on Sky Max and streaming service NOW.



*BARB Techedge, based on 28-day cumulative, launch episode only 

These figures are comprised of launch episode viewing figures based on 7-day (any shows that launched pre-July 2013, when BARB capped viewing at 7-day) and 28-day (any shows that launched post-July 2013) cumulative records. It includes those tuning into original linear premiere, those who have chosen to catch up on demand on Sky or streaming service NOW since its original air date and customers catching up on recordings.