Brendan O’Carroll’s old school sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys was the most-watched tv show in Ireland over Christmas with a viewing figure of 880,000 viewers or an 48.6% share.

Eight of the Top 10 most watched programmes on Christmas Day were on RTÉ Television. Eastenders on RTÉ One was watched by over 563,000 viewers making it the second most-watched programme for Christmas Day.

For One Night Only . . . The Dubliners on RTÉ One was the third most watched programme for Christmas Day as over 527,000 viewers (34% share) tuned in to see Gay Byrne celebrate 50 years of The Dubliners.

Home-grown drama was popular with Irish viewers on Christmas night as Fair City pulled in 441,600 viewers (32% share). The Christmas night RTÉ Nine O’Clock News, read by Anne Doyle, was watched by 387,000 viewers.

Overall eight of the most watched programmes on Christmas Eve were on RTÉ Television. The top-rated programme on Christmas Eve was RTÉ Six-One News with over 480,000 viewers.

Carols From The Castle presented by Mary Kennedy from the newly restored St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin was the third most watched programme on Christmas Eve with over 411,000 viewers.

RTÉ News Nine O’Clock News also made the Christmas Eve Top 10 programmes with over 403,000 viewers. Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace had over 341,000 viewers, just ahead of Winning Streak with 357,000 viewers.

Comedy on RTÉ Two proved popular on Christmas Eve with the Father Ted Christmas Special watched by 275,000 (18% share) and The Savage Eye Christmas Special by over 217,000 viewers.