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What happened on January 18? This RTE News bulletin has hit the most-watched TV programmes list

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Thousands tune into the Nine O'Clock News every night for the latest headlines, but this particular bulletin was the most-watched so far this year.

You may want to rack your brains to remember what happened on January 18.

A clue: it was in the world of politics... and four months before the Marriage Equality Referendum.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar's tell-all interview with Miriam O'Callaghan in which he announced he was gay caught the attention of the nation.

That evening, over 729,000 people tuned in to the RTE Nine O'Clock News for an update and analysis on Varadkar's announcement.

The programme was the fourth most-watched show on Irish television this year so far.

Sport made up the majority of the top ten, with just three non sport-related programmes hitting the list.

The most-watched programme so far this year was Sunday's All-Ireland final clash between football teams Dublin and Kerry. A whopping 875,000 people tuned in to the game.

Ireland's RBS Six Nations match against England made the cut at second, while the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final came in as the third most-watched programme.

The first episode of political drama 'Charlie' was the fifth most-watched programme, while Six Nations, both All-Ireland semi-finals between Dublin and Mayo and The Voice of Ireland made up the remainder of the list.

All ten most-watched programmes were broadcast on RTE television channels.

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