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The Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme of 2018

Irish people can't get enough of the Toy Show!

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TAM Ireland’s Most Watched TV list for 2018 has been released, and The Late Late Toy Show landed at the top spot.

The much-loved programme topped the list once 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.

In second place was the Six Nations: Ireland V England game on Virgin Media One, which attracted approximately 975,000 viewers on St. Patrick’s Day.

Room to Improve landed in fifth place, as last season’s debut episode attracted an audience of 860,000 – who watched as Daniel and Majella O’Donnell got the Dermot treatment at their Donegal house.

Comedy also features prominently for RTÉ in the list, with the festive episodes of Mrs Brown’s Boys (689,000) and The Young Offenders (601,000) making an appearance.

The highest-watched documentary of the year was the much-acclaimed RTÉ produced Whistleblower: The Maurice McCabe story with reporter Katie Hannon which had an audience of 637,000.

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

“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.”