'Gotham' Draws Strong U.K. Debut Ratings for Viacom's Channel 5

Fish and Penguin

In the Fox show, Jada Pinkett Smith plays Fish Mooney, while Robin Taylor plays Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin.

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The show, which has earned a full-season order at Fox, outperformed the competition on Britain's Channel 4 and BBC Two

Britain's Channel 5, recently acquired by Viacom, on Monday night drew strong ratings for the U.K. premiere of new Fox hit show Gotham, according to overnight data. 

It drew a combined 2.1 million viewers in the 9 p.m. time slot and an immediate replay for a share of 9.3 percent of people watching TV at the time in Britain. Ratings consultancy Attentional said that put its U.K. audience above that of Channel 4 (1.9 million viewers for documentary show 24 Hours in Police Custody) and BBC Two (900,000 viewers for documentary series The Kitchen).

Channel 5 said that excluding a second airing on the Channel 5+1 network right after the premiere, Gotham drew an average audience of 1.7 million, for a share of 7.8 percent. Year-to-date, Channel 5 has averaged 1.3 million viewers in the time slot, or 1.5 million when including the +1 audience, according to a spokeswoman.

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"[Gotham] may well gain from a lot of viewing of recordings over the next seven days, so the final figure could be considerably higher," Attentional said in a blog post. The ratings are close to what Channel 5 hit shows draw for their season launches.

Fox on Monday said that it has given its fall breakout show a back order for an additional six episodes, bringing its freshman season to a full 22 episodes amid strong ratings in its first weeks.

Oct. 14, 2:45 a.m. Updated with more information on Channel 4 and BBC Two shows.

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