Horne & Corden was the most successful first series of a comedy on BBC Three.

The announcement from the BBC comes despite the sketch show, written by and starring Mathew Horne and James Corden, being panned by many critics.

The series, which finished its run of six episodes last week, not only broke all previous records among the channel’s target audience of 16 to 34-year-olds, but also among all audiences.

The series averaged 0.9 million viewers per episode and a six per cent share. It had a 10.7 per cent share among the channel’s target audience of 16 to 34-year-olds.

Danny Cohen, BBC Three controller, said: “Mat Horne and James Corden are wonderful young British talents – and I’m delighted their first series has performed so well.

“Horne & Corden has proved to be the most successful ever first series of a comedy in BBC Three’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 BBC Three’s mission to work with the best of young British talent.”

Advanced discussions are under way for a second series, the BBC said.

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