Friends was first aired on the terrestrial Channel 4, but was soon taken over by satellite subscription channel Sky One while the latter was still a minor player in the television market. The series achieved a more mainstream audience through repeat showings on Channel 4. The program continues to be repeated daily on E4, Channel 4 and S4C in Wales, still achieving good ratings.
The Irish channel RTÉ Two was the first channel in Europe to air both the premiere and finale episodes of Friends. The show achieved exceptionally high ratings throughout the initial run, and continues to run twice weekly on RTÉ Two, and every weekday on Channel 6. It can also be viewed on E4 and Channel 4 from Britain.
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