Friday 9 December 2016

Rugby, renovations, Roses, and Minister Varadkar coming out feature in top 10 RTE shows of 2015

Published 22/08/2015 | 14:06

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has come out
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has come out
Aidan Gillen in Haughey
Robbie Henshaw, Ireland, scores his side's first try despite the tackle of Alex Goode, England at Dublin's Aviva Stadium last March
Una Foden, Kian Egan with Rachel Stevens and Bressie during a recording of The Voice of Ireland in The Helix
The Mooneys' house in Finglas on Room to Improve
The Meath Rose Elysha Brennan who became the 2015 Rose of Tralee at the Rose of Tralee International festival.
Molly Sterling performs Playing with Numbers, co-written with Greg French on the Late Late Show Eurosong special. Photo: Andres Poveda

The top 10 programmes on RTE so far this year feature rugby, renovations, and Roses among their highlights.

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Three part RTE series Charlie - starring Aidan Gillen as the late Charlie Haughey - kicked off on RTE One on January 4 and the first episode drew a whopping 851,700 viewers making it the most watched programme of the year.

Ireland's 6 Nations matches also drew massive viewership with Ireland v England on RTE2 the second highest rated programme of the year at 760,300 viewers.

Ireland v Scotland (702,900 viewers) on March 21, Ireland v France (693,000) on February 14, and England v France (660,500) on March 21 - all broadcast on RTE2 - were the fourth, fifth and seventh most watched.

The Nine O'Clock news on RTE One January 18th, the day Minister for Health Leo Varadkar revealed he was gay, was the third most watched programme of the year so far. 

More than 729,000 tuned in that night after Minister Varadkar had spoken about his sexuality with Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio 1 that morning.

The Voice of Ireland on February 22 was the sixth most watched show of the year at 688,100 viewers.  It was the first night of the battles and that day also saw reports circulating that the show would not return for a new series, which may also have piqued interest.

The eighth highest viewership watched Room to Improve with Dermot Bannon on February 8, the third episode of the series with 653,400 tuning in.

The episode saw Dermot struggling to help the Mooney family from Finglas to renovate their 1930s cottage, a feat made more difficult by torrential rain, a tight budget, and the fact builder Ian introduced Joe and Geraldine Mooney to the glamour of a house Dermot had designed in Blackrock.

This week's Rose of Tralee came in ninth with 652,300 viewers tuning in to see Meath Rose Elysha Brennan named as the 57th Rose of Tralee.

Coming in at tenth place is The Late Late Show Eurosong special broadcast on February 27.  A cool 645,400 tuned in to watch Ireland choose Molly Sterling as this year's Eurosong entry.

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