Ryan Tubridy has delivered the highest audiences in 12 years in his second season as host of 'The Late Late Show'.

An average of 809,000* viewers have watched the show so far this season (September-December 2010).

The 2010 'Late Late Toy Show' delivered the highest audience of any television programme in 16 years with an average of 1.4m* viewers, a 72% share* of the audience.

Each of the three subsequent programmes in December attracted a one-minute peak of over 1m viewers with 'X Factor' contestant Mary Byrne's appearance on 18 December the biggest draw of the season so far with a one-minute peak of 1,231,800*.

The show on 3 December peaked at 1,055,100* during the D'Unbelievables' performance, and this was followed by Take That attracting a one-minute peak audience of 1,038,700* during the band's performance on the show.

Commenting, Executive Producer Jim Jennings said: "We're delighted with the figures. We've had an impressive range of guests on the show this season, from former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, to American film stars such as Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

"But as the December figures demonstrate, it's Irish guests which prove most popular with Irish television audiences."

* Source: TAM Ireland Ltd/Nielsen TAM Live plus VOSDAL or time-shifted viewing