The Reunion breaks Sky One UK audience records – deadline
Friends: Reunion appears to be Sky’s lobster.
The reunion show was a big hit in the UK, where it aired on Sky One. The series, which originated from producers such as James Corden and Ben Winston’s Fulwell 73, drew more than 5 million viewers for the Comcast-owned network.
Much like the fact that Joey doesn’t share food, HBO Max, who commissioned the special, doesn’t share the ratings, so we may never know how it went in the United States by comparison.
Over four views, live, recorded and downloaded, the series has been watched by 5.3 million in the UK. It was Sky’s most-watched show in the past two years and only second after the last series of Game of thrones for the largest audience ever in Sky’s channel portfolio.
It aired on Sky One, the network’s entertainment channel, which is separate from Sky Atlantic, which typically aired scripted dramas, many of which were from HBO Max, brother of HBO.
Friends previously aired on Channel 4 in the UK during its ten years.
The UK reunion show’s launch on May 27 was Sky One’s highest rating since at least 2006, when the first records became available, and it is comfortably beating An idiot abroad, the network’s previous highest rater in 2011.
Friends: Reunion saw stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the comedy’s original stage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank on an unscripted special.
Guest stars included host James Corden, David Beckham, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.
Winston directed and the show was produced by Fulwell 73, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Horizon and Bright / Kauffman / Crane Productions.