Channel 4 reports first audience increase in a decade thanks to shows like Humans, Hunted and Gogglebox

Channel 4 has increased its audience share for the first time in over a decade after its original content offerings helped it turn around a prolonged slump.

Shows including Humans- produced jointly by AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos-, reality series Hunted and Gogglebox saw viewers revive Channel 4's audience ratings which were at a 31 year low in 2014.

The broadcaster has now reported that viewing figures are beginning to increase after a modest uptick from 5.89 percent to 5.92 per cent in 2015.

The 2015 figures mark the first increase since 2006 and has led Channel 4's chief creative officer, Jay Hunt, to sum it up as a"fantastic year."

Hunt attributed the success as a result of having "hits in every genre and a bucket load of awards."

He added " I’m grateful to the amazing producers, directors and writers we work with and to my hugely talented commissioning team at 4.”

Come March Channel 4 will hope to pull in more audiences when the new Formula 1 season starts. It acquired the rights to broadcast F1 races live after the BBC's exited its agreement with the sport's heads early in a bid to save £700m.