A one-off edition of BBC chart countdown 'Top Of The Pops' featuring Oasis, U2 and Flo Rida achieved average ratings of 6.7 million viewers.
"Comic Relief Does Top Of The Pops" had a 32% audience between 10pm GMT and 10.35pm on March 13, designated as Red Nose Day.
It was screened on BBC Two as part of the comedy-based telethon Comic Relief, which raises money for poor and vulnerable people in the U.K. and Africa. The show also featured comedy sketches by Ricky Gervais and "Little Britain" duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams featuring pop singer Robbie Williams.
The success of the special edition of "Top Of The Pops," which also featured Franz Ferdinand, James Morrison and Take That, is likely to lead to further calls for its permanent return.
The iconic U.K. show was cancelled in July 2006 after falling viewing figures. It originally launched on BBC One in 1964 and there have been demands for its return from artists. Two Christmas 2008 editions also proved ratings winners.
The Comic Relief single "(Barry) Islands In The Stream" (Mercury), performed by stars of BBC comedy "Gavin And Stacey" Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones with Tom Jones, went to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart last night (March 15). Comic Relief organizers say its success will add to the £5.5 million ($80.4 million) raised by Comic Relief singles over two decades.
The public had pledged a record £57 million ($80.4 million) by the end of the broadcast. More money will come from a deal between the record labels and the Apple iTunes store in the U.K. to contribute to the Comic Relief fund-raising campaign.
Apple iTunes and the relevant record labels agreed to each donate 10 pence (14 cents) for every download of a top 40 song from the iTunes store. The 20 pence (28 cents) donation per track for the Music Relief element of the campaign ran for a 48-hour period until midnight on Saturday evening (March 14).