The Young Offenders TV show kicked off on RTÉ 2 last night, providing comic relief for those already suffering withdrawal symptoms from the end of the first series of Derry Girls over on Channel 4.

It proved a big winner with 277,000 viewers tuning in and was the top programme on the night across the wide range of 15 to 44-year-olds.

The first episode of the six-part series had a share of 36 percent among 15-34’s and a massive 68 percent share among males aged 15 to 24.

In addition, there were 16,600 live and on-demand streams of The Young Offenders on RTÉ Player last night (84% live, 16% on-demand) with catch-up over the weekend likely to increase figures even further.

Written and directed by Peter Foott, the series follows the coming-of-age adventures of Conor and Jock (Alex Murphy and Chris Walley) as they hatch plans and adventures to help distract from their tough home lives and their inability to stay out of trouble at school.

Conor’s long-suffering mother Mairead (Hilary Rose) tries to keep both her son and his best friend on the straight and narrow, with varying degrees of success.

The Young Offenders was commissioned for BBC Three and is made in association with RTÉ.

Yesterday, BBC Comedy announced that it has ordered a further six episodes of the hit comedy from producers Vico Films. RTÉ said it welcomed the opportunity to work with BBC Comedy and Vico Films on series two.

“We knew that this show was going to be a big hit with our young audience and we’re excited to be able to bring it to RTÉ2 viewers first,” said Adrian Lynch, Director of Audience, Channels and Marketing at RTÉ.

“Writer and director Peter Foott has created a wonderfully high-energy comic world, and a set of characters with a lot of heart. RTÉ has enjoyed a successful partnership with BBC Comedy and Vico Films and we look forward to continuing to work together.”