Singing kids, flying fairies and Robbie Kean’s biggest fan – Friday night’s Late Late Toy Show is the most-watched show this year to date with nearly 1.4m Irish people tuning in to watch the show.
The toy bonanza was also a major event for the Irish diaspora, with nearly 2m people in total tuning in worldwide.
Many social media fans tweeted and updated their online statuses during the show, with over 100,000 mentions on Facebook and 52,000 tweets recorded.
“We are absolutely thrilled that so many people got as much joy from watching this programme as we did making it,” The Late Late Show’s executive producer Kathy Fox said.
“We have also been overwhelmed by the feedback from viewers who were watching from all over the world.
“The Toy Show team pulled out all the stops to make this a truly memorable production.
“We pushed Ryan in ways he hasn’t been pushed before, but he didn’t disappoint. He was very brave, a little bit bold but absolutely brilliant.
“It was such an honour and privilege to have been part of it.”
The theme of this year’s show was based on the ever-popular musical film ‘Mary Poppins’ and Tubridy didn’t disappoint as he opened the show with his best Dick Van Dyke impression.
Over 237 toys and 231 performers featured on the show and Cavan native Fergal Smith made a name for himself as, for the first time ever, Tubridy had a co-host.
The set was designed by Darragh Treacy, the award-winning RTÉ set-designer and was over six weeks in the planning, though the production team has been researching this year’s Toy Show since earlier this year.
The Jack and Jill Foundation, Barnardos, Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, Barretstown and Ronald McDonald House (as a representative of Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital) brought children in before the show to enjoy the toy wonderland.