It's official: the Late Late Toy Show was the most watched programme in Ireland last year 1 week ago

It's official: the Late Late Toy Show was the most watched programme in Ireland last year

It's the unofficial start of the Christmas season.

So, it's no wonder that The Late Late Toy Show topped the list of the 50 most watched programmes in Ireland last year.

The Christmas extravaganza topped TAM Ireland's ratings with an average of over 1.54 million tuning in on RTÉ One last November.

Sport on RTÉ2 scored 20 places within the TAM Ireland Top 50, with the All Ireland Football Final Replay Dublin V Kerry the most-viewed sporting programme of the year, at 991,000.

666,000 peopled switched on to watch the Late Late Show tribute to Gay Byrne.

The highest-rating Six One News at 530,000 was on November 4, the day Gay Byrne passed away, with the highest-rating Nine O’Clock News being watched by 572,000.

RTÉ Investigates - Creches, Behind Closed Doors went undercover to look at standards of care in a chain of creches located in Dublin, the impact of which continues to make headlines. It had an audience of 484,000.

The highest-rating Prime Time of the year featured the murder of Bobby Ryan (511,000).

Elsewhere, entertainment shows continued to dominate the top of the ratings.

A celebration of Shane McGowan on the Late Late Show also features in the Top 20, with 612,000 viewers.

An episode of Room to Improve from October made the Top 10, with a viewership of 688,000, demonstrating the public’s enduring affection for the show, and its presenter. One episode in Dermot’s other series, Incredible Homes, was watched by 555,000.

On Christmas Day Mrs Brown’s Boys was enjoyed by 633,000. And The Young Offenders was a big hit too - 487,000 watched an episode which aired in November on RTÉ2. Family favourites Dancing with the Stars, Operation Transformation, Ireland's Fittest Family, and Raised by The Village also feature in the Top 50.

The TAM Ireland/Nielsen figures for 2019 demonstrate that television viewing continues to dominate our leisure time with the average Irish adult in a TV home watching for 2 hours 55 minutes every day.

85 per cent of daily viewing is consumed live, (i.e. viewed as it is scheduled), with just 15 per cent watched as catch up. 60 per cent of all TV homes in Ireland now have PVR capability (the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV).

"Coming together to pay tribute and to celebrate is one of the things RTÉ takes great pride in. The figures released today by TAM Ireland show that TV is very much a part of our daily lives and that, despite competition from other channels in Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, RTÉ programming is most popular with Irish audiences," Adrian Lynch, Director of Channels, Marketing and Audiences said.