The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched show of the year for Irish audiences 2 weeks ago

The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched show of the year for Irish audiences

Absolutely staggering figures.

With magic moments like the GAA-loving Michael meeting his hero Davy Fitz and the strength, bravery, and heroism of the double cousins Scott and Grace, this year's Late Late Toy Show provided plenty of magic and as always, the Irish public were watching on.

In fact, more than 1.5 million people watched The Late Late Toy Show on RTÉ One this weekend, making it the most-watched programme on Irish television for 2018.

With a theme that was inspired by The Greatest Showman, the show was watched by an average audience of over 1.3 million live viewers - a 74 per cent share of the audience watching television at the time (and an 89% share among children).

A further 141,700 viewers watched their recording of the show on Saturday and 51,900 viewers did the same on Sunday. In addition, 113,000 watched the repeat viewing on RTÉ One on Saturday.

Collectively, the show had a reach on RTÉ One of over 1.8 million viewers who tuned in for a minute or more of the broadcast on Friday night, and reached 1.9 million over the weekend.

On RTÉ Player the show had record numbers, with 116,000 live streams, up 33% on last year, and over 100,000 watching on catch-up. The show was watched in over 100 countries outside of Ireland with viewers logging on across the globe including Myanmar, Burundi, Haiti and Mongolia.

Host Ryan Tubridy said: "I am blown away every single year at the reaction we get to The Late Late Toy Show. As a team, we are so honoured that people open their arms and welcome us in for such a magical night, and I sincerely hope it was as much fun for our viewers as it was for me on Friday.

He adds: "The production team and the children are what make the Toy Show special and memorable and I want to thank everyone involved, from little star Michael to our heroes Grace and Scott, to the set and costume designers. I’m delighted viewers loved it as much as we did."

Well done to all involved.