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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mrs Brown and Fair City special tops for festive TV

Brendan O' Carroll as Mrs Brown
Brendan O' Carroll as Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown's Boys was the most watched show in Ireland on Christmas Day for the fourth year running.

Figures reveal that the series, which was also the number one show in the UK, had 703,100 viewers in Ireland.

The Brendan O'Carroll comedy was followed by Coronation Street on TV3 with an average viewership of 393,200 - more than 300,000 below the top BBC comedy.

TV3 will be losing its highest-rated show when Corrie moves to UTV Ireland which begins broadcasting on New Year's Day.

However, while it got the second spot, viewership for the Manchester-based soap was down 14pc in comparison to last year's figures.

Soaps proved to be as popular as ever with Christmas viewers as EastEnders drew 363,000 and the Fair City one-hour special also did well with 343,000 tuning into see Claudia Carroll return to Carrigstown and rekindle her romance with Paul and the scheming of bitchy Yvonne Doyle (played by Ciara O'Callaghan inset).

RTE One and RTE2 delivered 17 of the top 20 shows on Christmas Day with the Six-One news was the most watched programme on Christmas Eve with 387,000 viewers.

In fifth place and also the highest rating movie on Christmas Day was Argo with 336,000 viewers on RTÉ One.

Ratings

While RTE performed well in the ratings overall, TV3 pipped them to the post on Christmas Eve.

Brendan Grace: Live from Castlebar wiped the floor with RTE's The Avengers pulling in an average of 221,000 viewers and a 15pc share. This compared to just 162,000 for RTE's big Christmas Eve blockbuster.

The Snapper, which aired on TV3 on Sunday reached more viewers than the Stephen's Day episode of Coronation Street and even trending online on Twitter.

The 1993 comedy was TV3's best-performing movie over the Christmas period, averaging 235,900 viewers and reached a peak audience of 714,300 individuals.

On Stephen's Day, the Six-One news and Nine O'Clock news both drew in over 389,000 viewers while James Bond's Skyfall was the most popular movie of the day with some 329,000 viewers on RTE One.

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