Aimee Keogh's meeting with her hero Ed Sheeran and that opening number proved a massive hit at home and abroad - The Late Late Toy Show is the most watched TV show of 2014 to date, with an average of nearly 1.4 million* Irish people tuning in. 

The two-hour special, which aired last Friday night on RTÉ One, also had a reach of over 2 million** and a share of 71%.

This year’s Toy Show had a record number of children appearing from all over the country, with over 269 performers and toy testers taking part. 

Presented by Ryan Tubridy, the theme of this year was based on the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ryan wore not one but four jumpers, all hand-knitted by viewers, at different stages on the night.

Speaking about the viewing figures, Tubridy said:  “I’m delighted with the viewership figures and would like to thank everyone who tuned in to watch the Late Late Toy Show.

"It’s a bonkers programme and I love presenting it. But it’s the children who make the show what it is and the whole experience more fun and special for everyone “

The Late Late Toy Show also proved hugely popular on the RTÉ Player for both domestic and international audiences, attracting close to 150,000 streams for the show, clips and extras - an increase of 30,000 streams on last year.

Of this, over 62,000 streams were by internationally audiences, with 40% coming from the UK, 16% from the US and 11% from Australia. This year the most watched clips on RTÉ Player was the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang opening number and Aimee Keogh meeting Ed Sheeran. 

*Programme average Live + VOSDAL – average viewership figures was 1,357,400

**Reach, Live + VOSDAL - Reach was 2,065,000. Reach is the number of people who tuned in for at least a minute of the show.