The Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special was watched by a British audience of 18.5m, becoming the biggest BBC TV programme outside of sporting and national events since records began in 2002.
That also makes it the biggest single episode of any comedy programme across all channels since 2002.
Of the 18.5 million individuals who tuned in to see the Shipmans and the Wests reunited for Christmas in Barry, 4.9 million were 16-34 year olds.
James Corden and Ruth Jones said: “It’s mind blowing that so many people watched our show – we still can’t get our heads round it, what a massive compliment. We are indebted to the BBC for their incredible support but most importantly to those 18.5 million viewers for watching. We just hope one day we can let them know what Smithy said next…”
Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: “These incredible viewing figures demonstrate the power of British comedy and the love for Gavin and Stacey. I want to thank James and Ruth for this gem and like everyone I’m longing to find out what happens next!”
Coronation Street in 2003 is the UK’s biggest ever TV programme outside of sporting and national events.
The biggest comedy before Gavin & Stacey was Only Fools And Horses with a seven day consolidated figure of 17.4m back in 2002. Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special has a 7-days 4-screen figure of 17.9m.
The reunion special screened in Australia on ABC Comedy at Christmas.