Mrs Brown's Boys proved to be a runaway hit once-more this festive season as it topped the Christmas ratings for the ninth year running, while nine out of the top 10 programmes were watched on RTÉ.

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

Fair City viewers were treated to an hour-long special on Christmas Day and witnessed an explosive episode as secrets were revealed when Hayley Collins found out who her real mother was, while Doug and Erica finally found love unbeknownst to his best friend and her fiancée Daragh. 332,700 viewers (21% share) sat down to watch the Christmas special. 

The Young Offenders special on Christmas Day also drew in a big audience of 310,000 viewers (29.5% share).

Fair City's hour-long special on Christmas day watched by 332,700 viewers

Brendan Grace's Thanks For The Memories Concert was broadcast as part of the Christmas schedule and an average of 329,000 viewers (29% share) watched this memorable night which was a fitting send off to a man who loved a party.

Big Christmas Rewind 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. The programme was viewed by 312,000 (29% share). 

Big Christmas Rewind watched by 312,000 viewers

Christmas movies on RTÉ proved to be a big hit with viewers. 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 RTÉ2, comedy also rated highly, featuring the Fr Ted Christmas Special (209,000) and The Young Offenders Christmas Special (198,000) plus high rating movies including Jurassic World (189,000), The Guard (159,000) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (155,000).

New Year's Eve

Coming up on RTÉ on New Year's Eve, Una Healy hosts a star-studded celebration, featuring the Waterboys, David Gray, Wallis Bird, Brian Kennedy, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The show kicks off on RTÉ One at 10.25pm.

Following Una Healy’s NYE Party, the NYE Countdown Concert from Custom House Quay in Dublin will begin for the spectacular midnight moment. Playing us into the New Year will be Walking on Cars. Music fans can see the whole concert with Ash, Aimee and Lisa McHugh also streamed live on RTÉ Player.

Before New Year's Eve gets into full swing, Brendan O'Carroll and the gang are back for Mrs Brown's Boys New Year's Special, on RTÉ One at 9.40pm. It's a worrying for Agnes and Winnie as Peggy Piper, the Pernod poisoner, could be heading back to Finglas.

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