The Horne and Corden sketch show was the most successful first series of a comedy ever shown on BBC3, it has been announced.

Despite a critical drubbing, the six-part series featuring Gavin and Stacey actors Mat Horne and James Corden averaged 0.9 million viewers per episode, and broke BBC3 records among the channel's target audience of 16- to 34-year-olds.

With an average audience share of six per cent in its 22:30 slot (and a 10.7 per cent share among 16- to 34-year-olds) the show's performance exceeded expectations and a second series is expected.

"Mat Horne and James Corden are wonderful young British talents – and I'm delighted their first series has performed so well," said BBC3 controller Danny Cohen.

"Horne and Corden has proved to be the most successful ever first series of a comedy in BBC3's history – for both young audiences and viewers across the board.

"It's a wonderful indication of their popularity with young people in particular, and it goes right to the heart of BBC3's mission to work with the best of young British talent."

After the gruelling promotion schedule for the series and the pair's film Lesbian Vampire Killers, Horne recently collapsed due to exhaustion while performing in the West End show Entertaining Mr Sloane.

29/04/2009 00:01:01