Tuesday 24 April 2018

Mrs Brown's Boys favoured over The Queen's Speech for highest Christmas Day ratings

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Punters are backing Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Day special to bag the highest TV ratings in the UK on the most festive day of the year.

Early bets favoured the annual Queen's Speech at 2/1, according to BoyleSports, but a spate of recent bets have favoured Mrs Brown pushing the Queen out to 5/2.

Mrs Brown's Boys currently tops the betting with short odds of 5/4.

Last year's Christmas special topped the ratings in both Ireland on RTE One and on the BBC in Britain last year with 703,100 and 7.6m viewers respectively.

In 2013 it was also the most watched TV programme in the UK, attracting 9.4 million viewers, and Ireland with 832,000.  It was the first time Mrs Brown bagged a coveted Christmas Day slot in the UK.

Downton Abbey claims the third spot at 7/2 with Eastenders character death drawing odds of 4/1 to be the top TV programme on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, the X Factor winner looks set to dominate the Christmas UK and Ireland charts at 11/10 and 4/7 respectively.

"We were inundated with bets on the Christmas Day UK Top Programme market on Monday evening right through to Tuesday morning for Mrs Brown’s Boys to land the top spot on Christmas Day and Agnes could now cost the firm a very large Christmas payout should she surpass the Queen’s Speech," said Aoife Hefron, PR Executive for BoyleSports.

Mrs Brown's Boys two Christmas specials will air on RTE on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

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