Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mrs Brown's Boys the most-watched programme on Irish TV this Christmas

Have a laugh: Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown.
Have a laugh: Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown.

Sasha Brady

Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy's Christmas Punch was the most popular festive programme on Irish TV this year with just under 670,000 viewers tuning in for the seasonal special.

The show was a ratings knock out with a further 72,700 viewers watching on RTÉ One +1 that night.

Topping off a cracker of a Christmas for Brendan O’Carroll’s phenomenally popular creation, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie was the most watched item broadcast on Christmas Day (Pixar’s modern classic Brave came in second place) pulling 591,300 viewers and a further 45,500 viewers on RTÉ One +1.

Half a million viewers tuned in to watch a trip down memory lane on Sunday night and remembered they hadn’t done their homework during Well Holy God, It’s Glenroe.

The most-watched soap on Irish television on Christmas Day was Fair City with an average of 351,800 viewers enjoying the hour-long festive episode which saw the Brennans intrude on Orla and Wayne’s romantic get together.

On RTÉ2, the perennially popular Father Ted Christmas Special proved as big a draw as ever on Christmas Eve bringing in an average audience of 188,700.

Daniel O'Donnell's popularity shows no sign of waning after his stint on Strictly Come Dancing. On St Stephen's Day his festive special - Daniel O'Donnell and Friends - was the most watched entertainment show of the evening with 397,200 viewers tuning in as they tucked into their leftover turkey sandwiches.

On St Stephen’s Day, Donegal crooner Daniel O’Donnell’s festive special – Daniel O’Donnell and Friends – was the most watched entertainment show of the evening.

RTÉ2’s ongoing commitment to supporting Irish music paid off on Christmas Day when Hozier took viewers to the channel with an average of 97,000 viewers for the Hozier: Other Voices special.

Other Voices
Hozier special
Other Voices Hozier special

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