Friday's Late Late Toy Show was the most watched programme on Irish television in 17 years, with an average of 1,414,000 viewers.

The average viewership makes it the highest rating Toy Show in over 18 years and an increase of almost 7,000 viewers on last year's record-breaking audience of 1,407,700.

The Late Late Toy Show is now the No 1 ranking show of the year across all channels in Ireland, followed by A National Address By An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD which attracted an average audience of 1,199,000 on Sunday, followed in third place by the Eurovision Final on May 14 which attracted an average audience of 1,174,000 viewers.

The show also attracted 68,000 streams on the RTÉ Player - up over 50% on last year - with 38% of viewed streams from users outside of Ireland, with 16% from the UK and 6% from the US.

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Commenting, host Ryan Tubridy said: "I'm genuinely taken aback by the number of viewers on Friday night.

"Full credit to all the children, who are the real stars of the show - alongside a broken kitchenette and a dirty nappy.

"But particular credit must go to the production team who worked so hard to make the show such a success.

"I think the country needed to smile and I hope we made that happen on Friday night."