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The Independent Culture
Channel 4's Friday night comedy sequence is established popular TV: Cheers (3.2 million viewers), Roseanne (4.3 millon) and Clive Anderson Talks Back (3.6 million) are all consistently in the C4 Top 15. That the comedy slot is the domain of the post-pub audience is confirmed by the unusually large number of videos set to record them: Roseanne was taped by 300,000 viewers, Cheers by 200,000 and Clive Anderson by 100,00.

The FA Cup replay audience was 13.4 million, 2.5 million larger than for the first game. 'It makes a nonsense of those who said the country was fed up with watching Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday,' Kevin Flynn, a BBC spokesman, said.

All figures for week ending 23 May