The Christmas Eve RTÉ Six One News, which saw Santa leave the North Pole on his epic trek, was the most-watched programme over the festive period (23 to 27 December) with 583,200 viewers and a 51% audience share.
#BreakingNews from the North Pole, Santa Claus has begun his epic journey around the world. He spoke to @rtenews as he prepared for his trip to Ireland | More: https://t.co/yvesuCbAUh pic.twitter.com/9sc2sh4XcZ— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 24, 2020
Mrs Brown's Boys: Mammy of the People was the most-watched entertainment programme, with an average of 486,400 tuning in (35% share) on Christmas Day.
RTÉ's Nine O'Clock News on 23 December was the third most-watched programme, averaging 471,500 viewers (35% share).
The Mary Kennedy and Ruth Smith-presented Christmas at Home on Christmas Eve was the most-watched music programme with 303,200 viewers (22% share). The 25 December Fair City was the most-watched soap on the big day with 257,000 viewers (21% share). The Greatest Showman topped the Christmas movies with 351,200 viewers (28% share).
The RTÉ Player serviced 754,000 streams, up 24% on the same period in 2019, while the RTÉ Radio Player and RTÉ Radio apps serviced 696,000 streams from 23 to 27 December, up 95% on 2019.
RTÉ One will see in the New Year with the Nicky Byrne-hosted Soundtrack to My Life on RTÉ One at 9:45pm on 31 December, with the presenter joined by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Kodaline, Jack L, Loah and more.
It is followed by music, comedy and chat on the NYE Countdown Show, presented by Deirdre O'Kane and Kathryn Thomas live from the Gaiety Theatre at 10:45pm on RTÉ One.