The Inbetweeners draws 2.5 million to E4

'The Inbetweeners' attracted an average audience of 2.5 million last night, the second-highest audience on digital channel E4 and just short of last week's opening episode's figures, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The Inbetweeners: attracts 2.5 million to E4
The Inbetweeners: attracts 2.5 million to E4

Last week's first episode of the coming of age comedy drew a record average audience of 2.6 million, a 12.5% share of the audience and the highest rating programme ever broadcast on E4.

Yesterday's show had an average audience of 2.5 million across E4, a 12.4% share of the TV watching audience. It was only beaten in its slot by 'The 10 O’clock News' on BBC One.

E4’s previous highest overnight rating was for an episode of ‘Friends’ in January 2004 which drew an audience of 2.4 million. The fourth biggest audience was obtained by ‘Glee’, which scored an audience peak of two million on 29 March 2010.

E4's previous highest rating for an original commission was 'Hollyoaks', which drew an overnight audience of two million and an 11% share of the TV watching audience on 10 August 2008.

Over on BBC One last night, the first episode of ‘Spooks’ opened with the funeral of Ros Myers, played by Hermione Norris, in the 9pm to 10pm slot. With an average audience of 5.58 million, a 23.2% share of the TV watching audience, it beat the actress's second mention of the night as the long-suffering mother in the remake of the 1970s classic ‘Bouquet of Barbed Wire’, in the same time slot on ITV1.

The final episode of ‘Bouquet of Barbed Wire’, which followed the story of a man’s unnatural love for his daughter, managed an average audience of 4.46 million across ITV1 and ITV1 HD, an 18.5% share of the TV watching audience.

The third episode of the six-part series ‘My Family's Crazy Gap Year’ on Channel 4 attracted an average audience of 1.44 million on Channel 4 between 9pm and 10pm, a 6% share of the TV watching audience. An extra 107,800 watched the show on Channel 4+1.

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