The eagerly anticipated, series three opening episode pulled in 2.247 million viewers, the highest-ever audience for an original commission on E4.

According to the Media Guardian, the Bafta-winning sitcom drew a 10.9 per cent share of the audience between 10 and 10.30 pm, beating the News at Ten with 2.049 million viewers and a 9.8 per cent share of the audience.

The Inbetweeners episode was E4’s highest-rating original show since an 2008 episode of Hollyoaks which was watched by two million viewers.

The funny foursome – Jay, Will, Neil, and Simon – narowly missed out on becoming E4’s biggest rating-show ever, which remains an episode of Friends which was watched by 2.367 million.

Series two of the award-winning comedy launched with 1.3 million viewers in April 2009 and went on to average 1.2 million viewers.

This series already looks set to top those figures.