The Late Late Show’s London Special may have generated a few complaints about overbooking but it also delivered the biggest audience of the year to date with 52 per cent of those watching TV on Friday night tuning in.

It was the most watched Late Late Show so far in 2018 with an average audience of 610,000 people and a peak of 695,000 viewers.

The show had a reach of 1.15 million people who tuned in for a minute or more of the broadcast over the course of the night.

The programme also proved popular on RTÉ Player having been streamed almost 50,000 times over the weekend, twice the average for a regular Late Late Show.

A fifth of live streams of the show on the night came from the UK.

A video of a performance by Finbarr Furey and Imelda May generated over a million views on the RTÉ Facebook page.

“Bringing The Late Late Show to London was a huge undertaking but we felt it was important that, in these times of Brexit, we should acknowledge and celebrate the ties between these two islands,” said show host Ryan Tubridy.

“I feel that we did that on Friday night, contributing in our own way toward the ongoing discussion on Brexit with a lively debate and hearing the stories of the people, both well-known and not so well-known, who have made a life for themselves in Britain. I am delighted that people responded in such huge numbers.”

The broadcast, which came live from Central Hall, Westminster, featured interviews with Graham Norton, Brendan O’Carroll, Angela Scanlon, Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Laura Whitmore, Mick McCarthy, Barry McGuigan and a Brexit debate with Nigel Farage, Alastair Campbell, Baroness Dee Doocey and Liam Halligan.

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