The Derry Girls total viewership figures are in - and they call for a 'Michelle style' celebration!
Everyone is pure lurred today after Channel4 announced that Derry Girls has been the biggest series ever in Northern Ireland.
No other show has brought in more viewers since records began in 2002. The comedy series was also the biggest launch on C4 since 2004, and the biggest ever on All 4.
The 1990s Troubles-set comedy averaged with 519k and 64.2% share of the audience. It reached 54% of the Northern Irish TV audience, including 65% of 16-34 year old viewers.
An average of 2.5 million UK viewers tuned in to the first series to see Erin, her friends and family and the Wee English Fella.
With another quip of great Derry Girls wit, writer Lisa McGee shared her delight with this news and said: “Derry Girls is a project very dear to my heart and I’m delighted that so many people have joined us for the ride (no, Michelle, not that sort of ride…).
“It’s particularly special to me that the Northern Irish audience has supported it in the way that they have – I’ve been blown away by the response to the series and am so excited that we get to do it all again with the second series.”
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4 said: “We are beyond thrilled that not only is Derry Girls our biggest comedy launch series since 2004, but that it is the biggest series ever to air in Northern Ireland! This level of popularity is proof positive that Lisa’s crafted not only a proper gem of a comedy but also one which is run through with authenticity and relatability.”
Last month Channel 4 announced that Derry Girls had been commissioned for a second series. Class!