RTÉ has scored 39 spots on TAM Ireland’s Most Watched TV list for 2018, with a range of entertainment shows, dramas, comedies, documentaries, sporting fixtures and news and events.

RTE One has 20 on the list followed by RTÉ 2 with 19 and Virgin Media One with 11.

The Late Late Toy Show topped the list again this year with an enormous audience of over 1.5 million and 72% share tuning in to see Ryan Tubridy and a cast of hundreds bring the Greatest Show to their homes.

Sport filled the next three spots with Ireland’s Grand Slam win over England on Virgin Media On bringing in an audience of 975,00, 50,000 more than the win over the All Blacks in November which was seen by 926,000 on RTÉ 2.

The same channel was home to the World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England that came in just behind on 924,000 before a gap to Dermot Bannon’s Room to Improve featuring Daniel O’Donnell that was seen by 859,000.

The two All Ireland Men’s finals came in sixth and seventh with Hurling having a slight edge on 854,000 viewers versus 841,000.

They were followed by the Six One News in the midst of the storms on March 1st when 807,000 tuned in to see how they could get their hands on bread. That was watched by 807,000 and another 707,000 tuned into the Nine O’Clock news on the same night.

They were separated by Ireland vs Scotland in the Six Nations which was watched by 729,000.

The Eurovision Song Contest final with Ireland in the final for the first time in five years came just outside the Top 10 with an audience on RTÉ One of 702,000. And the Late Late Show made another appearance in the Top 20, this time for its London special in October that drew 642,000.

Comedy also features prominently in the list with both the festive episodes of Mrs Brown’s Boys and The Young Offenders attracting over 600,000.

The Whistleblower documentary on Maurice McCabe made the Top 20 while the final of Dancing with the Stars came in at number 22.

The final episode in The Young Offenders, also on March 1st as Storm Emma raged just edged out RTE’s coverage later in the year of Pope Francis’ visit which attracted an audience on TV of 486,000, a little lower than was likely the case back in 1979.

“The TAM Ireland list clearly demonstrates how much Irish people love home produced, Irish content,” said Adrian Lynch, Director of Audiences Channels and Marketing for RTÉ

“We’re very proud to have delivered 40 out of 50 of the top viewed programmes across a wide range of shows and genres including entertainment, documentary, sport and news.”


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