The Ricky Gervais comedy drama Derek returned for a second season on Channel 4 at 10pm. The show, about a group of misfits, averaged above-benchmark overnights audiences of 1.4m (7.2%) for its first season, when it ran from January to March in 2013. This was a strong performance, although numbers did decline slightly through the course of the season. However, consolidated viewing figures raised the audience average to just under 2m.
Season 2 began with a creditable 1.6m (9.2%), and provided a strong lead-in for C4′s other new comedy, Game Face. However, the Roisin Conaty show about a woman called Marcella, trying to sort out her life with the assistance of friends, a life coach and her driving instructor, could only muster 684,700 (4.9%) from 10.35pm. Will this manage to pick up an audience from time-shifted viewing via recordings? We’ll have to wait until next week to see.