'All Round To Mrs Brown's' is a ratings success for RTE
She’s the Queen of Dublin Town – and now Agnes Brown is the Queen of Saturday night TV.
While her new chat show drew the expected mixed reception from critics, All Round To Mrs Brown’s was a ratings success for RTE.
The live show – broadcast simultaneously on the BBC – attracted some 472,000 viewers, or a 38pc audience share.
Viewers watched Brendan O’Carroll’s alter ego sit down with legendary Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s mum Judy and singer-songwriter James Blunt.
Anderson discussed her time on Baywatch and her two teenage sons with ex-husband Tommy Lee, while Judy told the Finglas granny that she was often mistaken for a boy when she was a child.
The episode also featured X Factor judge Louis Walsh giving a guided tour of Madame Tussauds.
“The best thing about the show is that it’s going to include you, the audience,” said Mrs Brown.
During the show, a member of the audience was crowned Mammy Of The Week after she was nominated by her daughter.
While some viewers praised the show as “hilarious” and a “reason to stay in for six weeks”, others were not as impressed.
“The idea of All Round To Mrs Brown’s is quite possibly the worst thing the BBC has ever come up with,” one viewer tweeted. “Absolute sinking ship.”
The episode was followed
by The Ray D’Arcy Show,
which has been moved from its normal slot of 9.45pm to 10.25pm for the run of the new show.
Ray managed to hold on to some of Mrs Brown’s audience, with Saturday’s episode having an average audience of 326,900, or 35pc share.
Winning Streak was broadcast at the earlier time of 7.40pm, compared to its usual 8.30pm slot.
An RTE spokesperson noted ratings can often vary on weekend nights.
“Saturday night always fluctuates a little bit because of the movie slot,” the spokesperson said. “Then there’s a knock-on effect with news.”