Mrs Brown’s Boys tops RTÉ’s Christmas ratings for ninth year in a row

Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom is still a huge hit after all these years

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The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special went down a hit with Irish viewers once again this year, as it topped RTÉ’s ratings for the ninth year running.

Mrs Brown’s Boys – A Wonderful Mammy was watched by an average of 574,000 viewers, and achieved a 41% share, an increase of 4%, with a 41% share among younger audiences (15 to 34’s).

Audiences also continued to turn to RTÉ for their news across the Christmas period, as the Six One News scored second highest Irish rated programme with viewers averaging at 437,400 (42% share) on Christmas Eve.

The Nine O’Clock News was the 5th most watched programme, with it averaging 368,400 (30%) on Friday 27th December.

On Christmas Day, viewers also tuned in to watch Fair City’s hour-long special, which was watched by an average of 332,700 people (21% share).

2019 saw the death of one of Ireland’s greatest entertainers, Brendan Grace, and RTÉ aired a three-part series in the autumn to honour him.

Brendan’s Thanks For The Memories Concert was also broadcast as part of the Christmas schedule, and an average of 329,000 viewers (29% share) tuned in to watch it.

Brendan Grace’s Late Late Show Special also aired on Friday 20th December, which averaged 495,000 with 47.6% share.

Next up, the Big Christmas Rewind was watched by 312,000 people (29% share). The programme saw Irish celebrities and their real-life or TV families sit down together to rewind through a nostalgic, heart-warming and hilarious mix of the best of Irish Christmas telly from years gone by.

Christmas movies on RTÉ proved to be a big hit with viewers over the festive season.

The most popular movie over the period was Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York, watched by 381,000 on Christmas Day and was viewed by 51% of 15 to 34 year olds.


Second most popular was Beauty and the Beast, watched by 369,000, which also aired on Christmas Day, with Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure also faring well with audiences.

On New Year’s Eve, there will be plenty to watch on RTÉ One as Irish singer Una Healy hosts a very special NYE party with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Following Una Healy’s NYE Party, the NYE Countdown Concert from Custom House Quay in Dublin will begin for the spectacular midnight moment.