Fewer Extras

1.2m switch off Gervais comedy

More than a million viewers have switched off Ricky Gervais's new comedy Extras in its second week.

The opening instalment, with guest star Ben Stiller started with 4.6 million viewers of 26 per cent of the audience.

But this week’s show, which featured Ross Kemp, was seen by 3.4 million, or 16 per cent.

The figure is still very strong for BBC Two – and this time the show was against stronger competition from rival channels, especially ITV1’s Bad Lads' Army.

Catherine Tate’s sketch show, immediately after Extras, also suffered a fall in audience – but not such a steep one.

She attracted 2.9 million viewers at 9.30pm, down 500,000 on the week before, or 13 per cent of the total audience.

At 10pm political sitcom Absolute Power at 10pm found 1.7 million, 200,000 fewer than the previous week.

Future episodes of Extras feature appearances by Kate Winslet, Patrick Stewart and Samuel L Jackson.


Published: 30 Jul 2005

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