CONSOLIDATED: Ruth Jones’ new comedy Stella nearly doubled its audience through catch-up, with consolidated ratings of almost 1.5m viewers.

The Sky1 series, written by and starring the Gavin and Stacey star, launched on 6 January with an impressive overnight rating of 735k (2.98%) – twice the channel’s usual average for the 9pm slot – according to Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

A further 688k caught the first instalment of the sitcom about a single mother struggling in the Welsh valleys, taking the total audience to 1.42m (5.1%).

Channel 4’s big comedy launch New Girl, in which Zooey Deschanel learns to cope with her new single status, also attracted strong catch up figures but still failed to woo a sizeable audience.

The first of a 24-part sitcom, which aired at 8:30pm, added a further 480k to its overnight ratings, taking the total tally to a below average 1.7m (6.43%).

A further 231k (0.83%) watched on C4+1, compared with the overnight figures of 216k (0.88%).

BBC1’s launch of The One Lenny Henry Show in the same 8.30pm slot fared poorly. Only a further 94k caught the stand-up comedian on PVRs, meaning just 2.98m (11.35%) sw the show in total, well down on slot average.

Meanwhile BBC1 drama Public Enemies held firm as it concluded its three-episode run, recording a consolidated audience of 4.75m (17.08%) after racking up 3.83m viewers at transmission.

It opened with a consolidated audience of 4.87m (16.9%), peaking on its second outing with 4.93m (17.72%) viewers.

The stripped show had been scheduled to run Tuesday-Thursday but was bumped back a day by the last minute addition of a Panorama special on Stephen Lawrence.

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