Late Late Show Valentine's Special is most-watched Late Late of the year
The Late Late Show's lively Valentine's Special on Friday night was the most-watched Late Late of the year so far.
More than 612,000 people tuned in to watch an audience of 200 singletons taking part in games, kiss cams and power ballads.
Almost half the available viewing audience - 46 per cent - watched the the entire programme.
While guests including Johnny Logan, Bonnie Tyler and Chris DeBurgh were undoubtedly a huge draw, singleton Dean Dixon proved to be the star of the show with his enthusiastic participation in a Blind Date segment.
“Friday night’s show was great craic and the response we have had, especially from younger viewers has been phenomenal," said executive producer Larry Masterson.
"Fifty years to the weekend the nation was scandalised when a married woman discussed her nightwear – or lack thereof – with Gay Byrne, the Valentine’s Special shows how far we have come as a country.
"We’re already planning to make next year’s bigger and better than ever."
The Valentine's Special was the third most-watched Late Late of the season behind the Toy Show - 1.36m - and the Country Special which drew an audience of 740,000 viewers.