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RTE leaves TV3 trailing as Tubs and Nidge pull in the viewers


 Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.

Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge.

NIDGE and Ryan Tubridy have one thing in common – they both topped the poll of most watched shows on RTE last year.

The Late Late Toy Show continues to dominate in terms of attracting viewers – pulling in a staggering 1,547,000 viewers.

The seasonal favourite was followed closely by the final episode of gangland drama Love/Hate, which had a total of 1,117,000 viewers.

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

The All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin and Mayo was more popular with viewers than the hurling final between Clare and Cork which came in third and sixth respectively.

Mrs Brown's Boys is the big success on the list with the BAFTA-winning comedy taking up the next two places, fourth and fifth.

Brendan O'Carroll's show enjoyed more than one million viewers 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.



A total of four RTE shows – The Late Late Toy Show, Love/Hate, the All Ireland Finals and Mrs Brown's Boys – attracted over one million viewers.

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.