The second episode of Derry Girls went out last night and it’s become one of Channel 4’s biggest ever comedies.
Derry Girls has only two episodes out and has already broken records. Some of the highlights of the episode include an appearance by comedian Kevin McAleer and the fights over how many bags of chips that most families can relate to.
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) January 11, 2018
It has already become Channel 4’s biggest comedy series launch in almost 5 years with the first episode reaching over 2.5 million viewers.
A spokesperson said: “Channel 4 is lurred to announce that, following the class reaction to the first episode of Derry Girls, a second six part series has been commissioned by Ian Katz, Channel 4 Director of Programmes and Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott.
“The first episode of Derry Girls has so far part-consolidated at a brilliant 2.5 million viewers, with a 13.5% share of audience and more than double the slot average of 16 – 34 year old viewers.
“This makes it Channel 4’s biggest comedy series launch in almost year years. It is also All 4’s biggest comedy launch since 2012. We’re buzzing.
“The second episode of Derry Girls airs on Channel 4 tonight (Thursday) at 10pm. If you’ve missed it so far, you should be broke to the bone. So catch yourself on and get over to All 4.”
They’ve already got themselves a second series too!
— Derry Girls (@Derry_Girls) January 11, 2018
Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, says: “Derry Girls is a blast of fresh air. It’s everything we want from Channel 4 comedy: young, warm, brimming with new talent and rooted in an underrepresented part of the country. And a hit to boot. I’m delighted that we’ve commissioned a second series and can’t wait to see what Lisa does next.”
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, says: “It’s a real thrill, and a testament to all involved, when a new comedy lands so well with such a broad audience. At the heart of Derry Girls are brilliant comedy characters that feel universal, mischievous and funny so it’s wonderful to be able to back it with a second outing so quickly and confidently.”
Jimmy Mulville, MD of Hat Trick Productions, says: “We love this show and to be given the go-ahead for a second season after only one episode is a fantastic vote of confidence from the Channel. Other broadcasters could take note!”
Lisa McGee, writer of Derry Girls, says: “I’m absolutely delighted. Derry Girls is such a special project for me and it means so much that the audience have taken to Erin and the gang so warmly. I can’t wait to start writing series 2.”