Friday 15 December 2017

'Love/Hate', the 'Late Late' and 'Mrs Brown' are tops with viewers

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in Love/Hate
Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge in Love/Hate
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

THE 'Late Late Toy Show', 'Love/Hate', All-Ireland finals and 'Mrs Brown's Boys' were the big winners last year for Irish television viewers.

RTE enjoyed bumper figures for a number of its flagship shows in 2013, while its rival TV3 had a poor turnout with just one programme making it into the top 20.

Four RTE programmes pulled in more than one million viewers, while 'Mrs Brown's' Boys enjoyed almost two million viewers for two shows which occupy two top 10 slots.

As in previous years, the 'Late Late Toy Show' was the biggest television event, pulling in a staggering €1,547,000, followed by the final episode of gangland drama 'Love/Hate' which had a total of 1,117,000 viewers.

The All-Ireland Senior Football Final was more popular with viewers than the hurling final, they came in third and sixth respectively.

'Mrs Brown's Boys' is the big success on the list with Brendan O'Carroll's comedy taking up the next two places, fourth and fifth.

The BAFTA-winning show enjoyed more than one million viewers in the viewership stakes and its Christmas special boasted figures of 913,000. But the comedy was beaten by 'The Sunday Game', whose coverage of the All-Ireland Senior Football Final, where Dublin beat Mayo, placed third overall with an audience of 1,064,200.

Ryan Dolan's performance at the Eurovision in Sweden may not have inspired the rest of Europe, but the show was in seventh place, while in eighth place was the January 20 episode of RTE's 'Nine O'Clock News', attracting 724,000 viewers, while the 'Six One' programme was in tenth place.

RTE Two's coverage of the disappointing RBS Six Nations clash between Ireland and England came in at number 11, while Ireland's longest-running soap, 'Fair City', is still popular with families nationwide, ranking 13th.

Just one TV3 show made the top 20, with the 'Coronation Street' March 18 episode coming in at number 17 -- the night the Rovers Return went on fire.

In a disappointing year for the channel, TV3 failed to place any other programmes among the top 20.

Irish Independent

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