Sunday 18 February 2018

A million more watch Mrs Brown than 'Voice UK' final

Brendan O’Carroll in ‘All Round to Mrs Brown’s’. Photo: Graeme Hunter
Brendan O’Carroll in ‘All Round to Mrs Brown’s’. Photo: Graeme Hunter

Sean O'Grady

Chat show 'All Round To Mrs Brown's' has proved a solid favourite with viewers after drawing in sky-high ratings.

The second episode was watched by an average of 5.5 million people on BBC One - just over one million more viewers than part one of 'The Voice UK' final.

The programme sees Brendan O'Carroll's alter ego Agnes Brown interview a range of celebrities.

On Saturday night, the Finglas granny was joined on the sofa by 'This Morning' presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who were both joined by their mothers.

During the show, Willoughby helped Mrs Brown solve a crossword puzzle.

Singer LuLu also appeared on the popular show.

The six-part series has also been a hit for RTÉ - the debut episode was watched by an average of 472,000 viewers on RTÉ One, a 38pc share of the audience.

However, Mrs Brown has yet to overshadow 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'.

The penultimate episode of the 7pm ITV show, which challenged presenter Dermot O'Leary to steal items from people's baskets in a supermarket, attracted an impressive audience of 6.3 million viewers on average on Saturday.

Mrs Brown has proved a hit with comedy fans and has featured in radio plays, novels, stage shows, an award-winning sitcom and a movie called 'Mrs Brown D'Movie'.

During the debut episode, Mrs Brown said: "The BBC has decided to give me my own Saturday night show. Will they ever feckin' learn?"

She then promised viewers "an evening of Irish craic - no, not the stuff you put up your nose".

A new character, Chef Aly, has been introduced into the line-up, who cooks dishes for the guests as they wait to be interviewed.

Singer James Blunt caused the most outstanding moment in the first week when he passionately kissed Mrs Brown during the programme.

The programme has proved popular with viewers, with many praising it on social media.

Irish Independent

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