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'Toy Show' gets biggest TV audience of year: 1.4m viewers

Published 12/01/2013 | 05:00

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Ryan Tubridy is one of the 2fm DJs urging people to donate toys to children in impoverished families.

'THE Late Late Toy Show' has been crowned the most-watched programme of 2012.

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RTE's annual Christmas special ranked once again as the show with the most viewers, as a total of 1,453,000 people tuned in on November 30.

'The Late Late Show', hosted by broadcaster Ryan Tubridy, made a second appearance down the list, hitting the fifth place for its 50th anniversary episode.

The second most-watched programme of the year was RTE's Euro 2012 coverage of Republic of Ireland versus Croatia last June, with 1,236,000 viewers.

Coming in third was comedian Brendan O'Carroll's 'Mrs Brown's Boys Special' on Christmas Day with an audience of 1,068,000, while gangland series 'Love/Hate' scooped fourth place with an average of 1,034,000 viewers for the season three finale.

Out of the top 20 programmes of the year, 19 of them were broadcast on RTE and only one on TV3 – British soap 'Coronation Street' in 14th spot.

Other programmes to feature in the top 20 included RTE's Olympic coverage of champion Katie Taylor's win in London, which ranked 11th; 'The Rose of Tralee' final at 16; and the series finale of 'Operation Transformation', ranking at number 18.

Irish Independent

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