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Mrs Brown’s Boys was the most watched TV show over Christmas

The show pulled in an average of 607,500 viewers on Christmas Day.

FOR THE SIXTH year in a row Mrs Brown’s Boys special was the most watched TV show over Christmas.

Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Forest was the most popular festive programme on Irish television this year pulling in an average of 607,500 viewers and a 37% share on Christmas Day.

Last year, the show pulled off a double whammy with the Christmas special – Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Christmas Punch - being the most popular with viewers on Christmas Eve, as well as Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie being the most watched broadcast on Christmas Day.

RTÉ’s soap drama, Fair City, pulled had an average of 423,700 viewers tuning in on Christmas night, with a share of 27% of the available audience.

The St Stephen’s Day episode of Coronation Street pulled in an average of 357,000 viewers for TV3.

On Christmas Eve, Daniel O’Donnell’s RTÉ One festive special – Christmas With Daniel –  drew in an average audience of 342,600 with a 25.34% share.

Daniel O’Donnell was also a big hit for TV3 with over 97,000 viewers tuning in to Daniel and Majella’s Christmas Message.

The ever-popular Father Ted Christmas special continued its tradition of being a hit with viewers, with an average audience of 229,600.

Also on RTÉ2 on Christmas Eve the Bridget & Eamon Christmas special attracted an average of 185,100 viewers and a share of 13.6% with a share among 15 to 34-year-olds of 23.2%.

The second showing of the Bridget & Eamon Christmas Special on St. Stephen’s Day attracted an average of 94,400 viewers.

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The other most popular Christmas movies this year were:

  • The Flag starring Pat Shortt shown on RTÉ One on Christmas night pulled in an average of 334,400 viewers.
  • Frozen shown on RTÉ One which attracted an average of 333,900 viewers
  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone was the most popular movie shown on RTÉ2 drawing in an audience of 186,500 on Christmas Day
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey shown on St. Stephen’s Day had an average of 149,100.

The most watched news broadcast over the bank holiday weekend was the St Stephen’s Day Nine O’Clock News on RTÉ One with an average audience of 474,500 and an audience share of 32.21%.

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