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Mrs Brown's Boys is Christmas favourite as 600,000 tune in


Daniel O’Donnell’s Christmas message was a hit

Daniel O’Donnell’s Christmas message was a hit

Daniel O’Donnell’s Christmas message was a hit

Mrs Brown's Boys was the cream of the crop over the festive period, raking in more than 600,000 viewers on Christmas Day.

The hit sitcom, which is a firm favourite at home and in the UK, took in an average of 37pc of television viewers here when it aired on RTE One on Christmas night.

Figures released by the state broadcaster showed an average of 607,000 viewers for the Christmas special, which was entitled Mammy's Forest.


High drama in the capital also led to big figures for top soap Fair City. The tense scenes at the Brennan family Christmas dinner brought a swift end to the festive celebrations in Carrigstown.

On Christmas Eve, the traditional Father Ted Christmas Special maintained its festive popularity with close to 250,000 tuning in.

On RTE2, the Bridget & Eamon Christmas Special attracted an average of 185,100 viewers.

However, Ted and Dougal's antics did not manage to scoop the biggest draw on the night before Christmas. The biggest numbers for the state broadcaster came in the form of Daniel O'Donnell.

Christmas with Daniel took in an average of 342,000 viewers - a 25.35pc audience.

The Donegal singer drew in a big crowd on the big day itself too, with his Christmas message with wife Majella attracting 97,100 viewers.


The average for Daniel comfortably beat the number of viewers for the Queen's Christmas Day speech on BBC One,- with only 51,600 watching it in Ireland.

Christmas movies were as hugely popular as ever, with The Flag starring Pat Shortt on RTE One on Christmas night pulling in an average of 334,400 viewers.

Other classics also proved popular on TV3, with plenty tuning in to the classic Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory alongside other nostalgic favourites including The Wizard of Oz, The Commitments and 1980s cult movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off.