Peter Kay's pulling power

4.1million watch his stand-up on C4

Channel 4 ’s Funny Fortnight got off to a strong start in the ratings last night, with the TV debut of Peter Kay’s The Tour That Didn’t Tour Tour attracting more than 4.14million viewers.

A total of 3.63million watched the recording of the 2011 live show – the first he’d done in seven years – with an extra 580,000 watching on the +1 channel.

It was followed by new chat show Verry Terry, presented by Kayvan Novak’s Facejacker creation Terry Tibbs, which was seen by a combined audience of 730,000 – and a repeat of Chris Morris’s Brass Eye which attracted 350,000.

However comedians failed to help BBC1 and ITV1 in the ratings. A repeat of John Bishop's Britain at 9.30pm attracted just 1.81million and Jennifer Saunders's documentary Back on the Saddle, 1.88million, including the +1 screening.

On digital, Leigh Francis’s Lemon La Vida Loca recorded a respectable 680,000 on for ITV2 and ITV2+1; while Russell Brand's drug documentary From Addiction To Recovery attracted 504,000 for BBC Three.

Published: 17 Aug 2012

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