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Irish people love watching shows about Britain and that's good news for TV3

We also love our live football.

Coronation is back on TV3.
Coronation is back on TV3.
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SIX OF THE top ten most watched programmes on TV3 this year were about Britain, according to stats released by the broadcaster.

TV3 has revealed the most watched shows on the station this year and a returning former programme has jumped right back into the top spot.

Coronation Street returned to TV3 this month from UTV Ireland and the 19 December episode of the eponymous soap was the most watched show on the station this year.

The show attracted 489,200 viewers, pipping the England -v-Russia Euro 2016 football match into second place.

In all, live football matches made up six of the top 10 most watched shows on TV3 in 2016. Episodes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent also both made the list.

Earlier this year, the first live Leaders Debate of the 2016 general election was broadcast on TV3 and proved to be a ratings winner. Presented by Colette Fitzpatrick and Pat Kenny, the show was the sixth-most-watched show on the station this year.

Most watched shows on TV3 2016

  1. Coronation Street (489,200)
  2. Euro 2016, England-v-Russia (467,300)
  3. Euro 2016, Poland-v-Portugal (436,400)
  4. Euro 2016, Wales-v-Belgium (435,400)
  5. Euro 2016, France-v-Albania (433,400)
  6. General Election, Leaders Debate (427,500)
  7. The X Factor Final Results, (362,200)
  8. Champions League, Arsenal-v-Barcelona (350,900)
  9. Euro 2016, Croatia-v-Portugal, (346,100)
  10. Britain’s Got Talent (339,200)

In announcing their top numbers for 2016, TV3 has also released viewing figures for two of their highest profile Irish-made shows during the autumn season.

The long-awaited Gogglebox Ireland debuted on the station in September and its first show garnered a market share of 13.4% after being watched by 180,200 people. The second show was the peak of the show’s viewership with a market share of 15.22%.

TV3′s Living With Lucy also ran for six episodes up until November. The show featuring former singer Kerry Katona was the most popular of the six, reaching an audience of just over 200,00 viewers when it aired.

Read: UTV Ireland is to be relaunched… as the “female orientated” Be3 >

Read: Saying goodbye to those we lost from the stage and screen in 2016 >

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