Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gogglebox Ireland is a hit with viewers as comedy moments pull in big numbers

Angela and Eileen from Castleknock on Gogglebox Ireland
Angela and Eileen from Castleknock on Gogglebox Ireland

Sasha Brady

After much anticipation Gogglebox Ireland finally hit screens on Thursday night and it didn't disappoint.

Gogglebox is one of those rare shows that people of all ages can happily consume. The premise may seem strange (you're essentially watching other people watch TV... on TV). But their candid, funny and often revealing reactions are what makes it so enjoyable. The UK version is already popular with Irish viewers but now we have our very own and after weeks of anticipation viewers agreed that the show lived up to its hype.

TV3 introduced viewers to ten households, including the 'new O'Donovan Brothers' the Tully twins from Cavan, Cabra gal pals Jamie, Lindsay, Ashley and Grainne, as well as Castleknock retirees Angela and Eileen and Liberties duo Tracie and Anita. Their analysis of the week's TV was as Irish as it gets with comments on everyone's appearance from Sharon Ni Bheolain to Cher and arguments over cups of tea.

Read more: 'Ireland has two new O'Donovan brothers' - Things we learned from first ever Googlebox Ireland

It shows us that it's nice to sit back and watch TV with your best friends and a glass of wine. While at times the families seemed a little awkward, we're sure that their confidence will grow as the series progresses.

The first episode was an instant hit with viewers and pulled in a total of 392,000. 152,000 on average watched the show on TV3 with viewing figures peaking at 189,000. It was particularly popular with the 15-44 age group, commanding a 19 percent viewing share.

It also got people talking on Twitter with #GoggleboxIRL among the top trending topic on the social media app last night. Moments like Eileen’s Michael ‘Tea’ Higgins tea cosy, the Cavan twins battling a fly and the Cabra girls description of Marty Morrissey as looking like “John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever” were particular highlights.

Although some people weren't happy that the girls couldn't understand Morrissey's appeal.

There were tears too, of the opposite kind, as viewers were emotionally moved by scenes from Smalltown, which tugged on the heart strings of homes all over the country.

We're already counting down to next week's episode.

Will that pesky fly make a return?

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