The first series began on 1 May 2008, with the pilot episode garnering 238,000 viewers.  The series averaged 459,000 viewers,  with 474,000 viewers watching the series finale.  The Inbetweeners received two nominations at the British Comedy Awards ; the show was nominated for "Best New British Television Comedy (Scripted)" and Simon Bird was nominated for "Best Male Comedy Newcomer".  Both won their respective categories.  The show was also voted by the British Comedy Guide website as the "Best New British TV Sitcom 2008".  It was nominated for "Best Situation Comedy" at the British Academy Television Awards 2009 ,  ultimately losing out to The IT Crowd .  It then won the Audience Award at the British Academy Television Awards 2010 .