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Andy Samberg's 'Cuckoo' smashes BBC Three comedy record

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BBC Three's Cuckoo began with over a million viewers last night (Tuesday, September 25), becoming the channel's most-watched comedy launch.

The Andy Samberg sitcom, about a travelling American hippie who crashes into the lives of a British family, averaged 1.15m (6%) in the 10pm slot.

With Greg Davies and Tyger Drew Honey also starring, Cuckoo smashed the record set by Jack Whitehall's Bad Education only last month.

Cuckoo: Dylan (TYGER DREW HONEY), Rachel (TAMLA KARI), Cuckoo (ANDY SAMBERG), Ken (GREG DAVIES), Lorna (HELEN BAXENDALE)

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Don't Tell the Bride pulled in a strong 918k (3.9%) an hour earlier on the popular digital channel.

The Great British Bake Off's audience soared again on BBC Two, drawing a new high of 4.54m (18.8%) in the 8pm hour. Vikings followed with 1.64m (6.9%).

Capping a successful night for the corporation, BBC One's Newcastle-set period drama The Paradise premiered with 5.47m (23.1%) in the 9pm hour.

Over on ITV1, a new episode of Midsomer Murders interested just 3.99m (16.6%) between 8pm and 10pm, but added 432k (2.1%) on +1.

DCI John Barnaby and DS Ben Jones from Midsomer Murders

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The Martin Lewis Money Show debuted with a respectable 3.53m (16%) on ITV1 at 7.30pm (+1: 161k/0.7%), airing opposite a highly-rated episode of EastEnders.

The Boy Who Can't Forget took 1.87m (7.9%) for Channel 4 at 9pm, adding 385k (2.3%) on timeshift. 8pm's Double Your House for Half the Money managed 1.34m (5.6%) and 211k (0.9%) an hour later.

Meanwhile, Person of Interest anchored Channel 5's night with 964k (4%) in the 9pm slot, adding 175k (1%) an hour later.

Overall, BBC One topped primetime with 23%, ahead of ITV1's 16.7% (+1: 1.3%). BBC Two claimed third place with 9.8%, beating Channel 4's 5.7% (+1: 1%), and Channel 5's 3.3% (+1: 0.3%).

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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