The top 10 most watched programmes on Irish TV in 2020 have been revealed 2 years ago

The top 10 most watched programmes on Irish TV in 2020 have been revealed

Unsurprisingly, The Late Late Toy Show topped the list.

With the people of Ireland kept in their homes more than usual last year, television was always going to be a much-needed escape from the crazy world around us.


RTÉ has released stats showing the most watched programmes on Irish television from 2020, with The Late Late Toy Show top of the list.

Leo Varadkar's broadcast on St. Patrick's Day was the second most-viewed event on Irish television in 2020, when the then-Taoiseach discussed Ireland's Covid-19 situation live from Washington.

The most watched sporting event on Irish TV was the All-Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo on 19 December.

Here is the Top 10 in full:

  1. The Late Late Toy Show
  2. Leo Varadkar Ministerial Broadcast - 17 March
  3. RTÉ News - 17 March
  4. RTÉ News - 30 December
  5. All Ireland Football Final, Dublin v Mayo - 19 December
  6. The Late Late Show - 27 March
  7. France v Ireland, Six Nations - 31 October
  8. RTÉ News Special - 27 March
  9. Room to Improve, Dermot's Home - 5 January
  10. All Ireland Hurling Final, Limerick v Waterford - 13 December

An unsurprising amount of news in that Top 10, given the year that we've had.

Normal People was the most streamed show on the RTÉ Player with an incredible 818,000 streams for the top episode out of a total of 5 million streams to the programme series.

Adrian Lynch, Director of RTÉ Audiences, Channels and Marketing said: "Looking at the Top 50 programmes, it’s clear that Irish stories and content are the programmes that bring people together proving that live programmes, big events and home-produced content are hugely popular.


"2020 was the year that pushed us to our limits as a nation, when we had to stay apart in order to pull together."