Nothing funny about these TV ratings

Comedy audiences slump

Thursdays may be funny, according to the BBC, but they are not proving all that popular – with poor ratings for last night’s comedy programmes.

Fewer than a million viewers tuned in to BBC Two’s Stephen Mangan comedy Never Better and the final part of Little Miss Jocelyn; as did Channel 4’s new US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Only Never Mind The Buzzcocks fared reasonably, with 2 million tuning in to BBC Two at 9pm.

Channel 4’s new import, about two geeks and their beautiful flatmate, had an average audience of 903,000.

The sixth episode of Never Better was seen by 823,000 people, meaning the average audience across the whole series was just 935,000.

Similarly, the last of Jocelyn Jee Esien’s sketch shows drew just 799,000, bringing the series average down to 1,1million.

A combination of Valentine’s Day and a Spurs football match on Five have been blamed for last night’s poor figures.

Published: 15 Feb 2008

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