The third season premiere episodes of Portlandia were up solidly over last year. Friday’s airing on IFC garnered a total audience of 1.1 million. That’s a 30% rise over the Oregon-based Peabody-winning comedy series’ January 6, 2012 season two debut. Portlandia returned at 10 PM on January 4 with back-to-back episodes. The 10 PM and 10:30 PM shows combined pulled in 751,000 viewers among Adults 18-49. “The show’s outstanding performance underscores IFC’s successful brand strategy and growing appeal for the distinct point of view our original alternative comedies provide,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president & general manager in a statement on Wednesday. Starring Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen and Wild Flag guitarist Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia first debuted on January 11, 2011.
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