Saturday 24 February 2018

Colum Kenny: Forget sneering critics, it's the audience that matters

Ratings show that we enjoy a little soap and song along with news and current affairs, writes Colum Kenny

IT NEVER fails. The Rose of Tralee has done it again, making it into Ireland's top 10 TV programmes for viewers aged over 15. Audience research reveals that only the Late Late Toy Show with Ryan Tubridy and the All-Ireland hurling final attracted more viewers than the Rose of Tralee, which was presented last year by Daithi O Se.

It would be a brave but foolhardy TV executive who dropped The Rose from RTE's schedule.

Some may sneer, but they cannot argue with the force of viewing figures for 2010, made available by the ratings company Nielsen. We know what we like. And most of what most of us like the most is still to be found on RTE. All but 10 of the 50 most popular TV programmes last year were on RTE One, with six of the top 50 on RTE Two and four on TV3.

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