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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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