Quiz show QI is to be moved from BBC1 to its former home on BBC2 for its 10th series this autumn.
The show, created by John Lloyd and hosted by Stephen Fry, launched on BBC2 in 2003.
Produced by Talkback Thames, it was moved onto its sister channel in 2009 where it remained for three series. At the time, Lloyd described BBC1 as “our natural home”.
For its most recent series, the show entertained an average of 4.49m viewers over its 16-week run from September to January, just below the slot average of 4.75m.
Lloyd said: “QI did very well in the ratings on BBC1 but we thought we ought to give Coronation Street a fighting chance. We’re very happy to be back in our old den on BBC2.”
BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow added: “I’m delighted that QI is returning to its original home. BBC2 looks forward to once again enjoying its wit, its cleverness and its always illuminating devotion to the really quite interesting.”
George Entwistle, acting director of Vision, said the decision to move the show meant it could be fitted into a “custom-built for a post watershed slot, where I guess it might dare to be even more interesting.”
In February, the series drew criticism following comments made about a survivor of the atomic bomb attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Fry and regular panellist Alan Davies are both tipped to remain in their posts.