(L-R) Tree, Mrs Brown Courtesy of RTE

Mrs Brown's Boys was most-watched tv show in Ireland over Christmas

880,000 viewers tuned in to the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special on Christmas Day, ahead of Eastenders, Fair City, and Anne Doyle’s last ever appearance reading the news.

MRS BROWN’S BOYS Christmas Special, the RTE comedy starring Brendan O’Carroll, was the most-watched programme on Irish television over Christmas.

A total of 880,000 viewers tuned in to the programme on Christmas Day, giving it a 48.6 per cent audience share.

It had over 300,000 viewers more than the second-placed programme, which was Eastenders, also on RTE One on Christmas Day, which was watched by over 563,000 viewers.

Gay Byrne’s programme about 50 years of The Dubliners had 527,000 viewers tune in on Christmas Day, putting it in third place overall.

Other programmes which featured in the top 10 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day include RTE Six-One News on Christmas Eve (480,000), Fair City (441,600 viewers), and Carols From The Castle on Christmas Eve (411,000).

Anne Doyle’s final ever appearance on the Nine O’Clock News was watched by 387,000 viewers on Christmas Day.

Daniel Craig’s second outing as James Bond in Quatum of Solace had 341,00 viewers on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile the Father Ted Christmas Special proved its enduring appeal garnering 275,000 viewers – fifteen years after it first aired.

In the top-rated Christmas pr, Mrs Brown had to plan an extra-special Christmas for her son Trevor returning home from the missions for the first time in four years.

RTE had a total of eight of the top 10 most watched programmes on Christmas Day and also on Christmas Eve in Ireland.

The figures were sourced from TAM Ireland/Nielsen TAM, Live + VOSDAL, National Individuals 4+, and programme averages, according to RTE.

Did you watch Mrs Brown’s Boys? What was your favourite programme over the Christmas period? Tell us in the comments…

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