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Glenroe, Dallas and Today Tonight - The top 10 programmes Ireland was watching in 1985

Some things never change with The Late Late Show coming out on top.

Image: Eamonn Farrell via Photocall Ireland

THE LATE LATE Show was the most watched programme on RTÉ 1 in Ireland in 1985, followed by Glenroe and Sports Special.

Thirty years later and the top show in Ireland still belongs to the Late Late, with the Late Late Toy Show being the most watched programme in Ireland in 2015, and also looks set to nab the top spot for 2016.

Information in the 1986 State Papers revealed the top 10 most popular shows on both RTÉ 1 and RTÉ 2 for the year previous.

The top ten for RTÉ 1 were:

  • The Late Late Show
  • Glenroe
  • Sports Special
  • National Song Contest
  • Murphy’s Micro Quiz
  • Davis At Large
  • Screen Test
  • Today Tonight
  • Dallas
  • Eurovision Song Contest

The broadcaster also gave a breakdown of which programmes were home produced and which were purchased.

The top eight programmes on RTÉ 1 were home produced with the final two, Dallas and the Eurovision Song Contest, being the only ones purchased.

Last year TAM Ireland, Television Audience Measurement, revealed the figures for the Top 20 programmes of the year.

Despite over 800 channels now being available in Ireland, RTÉ One and RTÉ2 provided 15 of the top 20 most popular programmes of the year. The other five went to TV3.

The All Ireland Football Final (on RTÉ 2) came in behind The Late Late Toy Show for RTÉ, while Charlie was the second most watched programme on RTÉ 1 in 2015.

Mrs Brown’s Boys, The Voice Of Ireland and Room To Improve also made it into the top 20 for RTÉ One.

All the top programmes featured for RTÉ 2 were sports games with matches in The Sunday Game, Euro 2016 and RBS 6 Nations all getting placed.

Back in 1985 the top 10 programmes on RTÉ 2 were:

  • Leave It To Mrs O’Brien
  • Irish Permanent (Gaiety) Gala
  • International Soccer
  • Benny Hill Show
  • This Is Your Life
  • Coronation Street
  • World Cup
  • Tales of Kilnavarna
  • Minder
  • Glenroe

Half of the top 10 programmes on RTÉ 2 were home produced.

The Benny Hill Show, This Is Your Life, Coronation Street, World Cup and Minder were all purchased.

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