Derry Girls is the biggest Channel 4 comedy since 2007

Chennel 4 has a new King of Comedy - and it is the Irish Queens of Comedy, the Derry Girls.

Channel 4 revealed today that Derry Girls' new season has bumped it over the edge to be their most successful comedy since 2007, when similarly Irish-linked venture The IT Crowd reined supreme.

The British broadcaster revealed today that Derry Girls season two's season opener has had a total viewings of 3.2 million (including live broadcast and catch-up viewing figures), making it the channel's most successful comedy since The IT Crowd.

The figures also completely knock the previous season opening figures for Derry Girls season one out of the park, beating the show's still-impressive opening numbers of 2.8 million.

1.8 million people had tuned in to the Derry Girls season two opener live, but now that online and watch-later recordings have been totalled up, the figure has almost doubled - pointing to Derry Girls' appeal to younger audiences.

Channel 4, who also brought us everlong-Irish-comedy Father Ted said that Derry Girls is without a doubt the channel's strongest performing show for 16-34 year olds currently, comprising of over 20% of its total share for that age range.