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Room To Improve reaches new heights – as it’s the most watched programme of the year so far

Daniel and Majella O'Donnell won the hearts of the nation last night


Last night’s much-anticipated episode of Room to Improve, in which architect Dermot Bannon revamped the Donegal home of country star Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella, was watched by an average audience of 722,000, with a share of 51%.

It is the top programme of the year so far, and the highest performing episode of the show in its history.

In what was an unforgettable saga, kicking off with some initial differences of opinion, Dermot won the trust of his celeb clients and wowed the couple as he brought light and spectacular landscape into their home in Kincasslagh.

The stunning results featured a huge open plan kitchen and living area, overlooked by a new mezzanine.

The series continues next week with a build in Fermoy that will see Dermot given the biggest budget he’s ever had in Room to Improve history.

The figures mark another winning weekend for RTÉ One. Since January, the channel has consistently delivered top entertainment with The Late Late Show and Dancing with the Stars.

This weekend Dancing with the Stars was the most-watched entertainment show on television, with 532,000 viewers, followed by The Late Late Show which had an audience of 510,000 (and 45% share).

On Saturday, The Ray D’Arcy Show was watched by 355,000; Winning Streak, which celebrates its 1000th show this coming weekend, was watched by 307,000; and the IFTAS were watched by 251,000.

Adrian Lynch, Director of Audiences, Channels and Marketing said. “When we heard Daniel and Majella were on board for the Dermot treatment, we knew we had a real treat in store for our viewers.

“The return of Room to Improve makes another fantastic addition to our bumper weekend schedule, which viewers are enjoying in huge numbers.”

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