Toy show makes Ryan king of TV
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
RYAN Tubridy's first ever 'Late Late Toy Show' made him the King of Irish TV this decade.
RTE's golden boy is celebrating another professional coup as figures reveal he wiped the floor with the competition.
Tubridy pulled in 1,388,000 viewers for his inaugural 'Late Late Toy Show' special in November 2009, according to figures released yesterday.
The ratings, which earned the show the title of the decade's most watched, even eclipsed those of his predecessor Gay Byrne who came in second with 1,276,000 viewers tuning in to see him present 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' in October 2000.
About a quarter of the population watched as Ireland was defeated by France in the World Cup qualifying match in November 2009 as 1,074,000 viewers witnessed Thierry Henry's handball. The match was the third most watched programme of the Noughties.
Ireland's Grand Slam victory against Wales in the Six Nations clash in March 2009 also pulled in close to a million viewers at 995,000 while the Ireland versus England Six Nations match in February 2007 drew 1,010,000 viewers.
More than one million viewers tuned in to watch former 'You're A Star' winner Mickey Harte during the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest. He took third place with his chart-topping hit 'We've Got the World'.
RTE reigned supreme in the viewing ratings compiled by AGB Nielsen Media Research and monopolised the most-watched shows in Ireland.