Reeling in the Years was watched by over half a million people last night 3 weeks ago

Reeling in the Years was watched by over half a million people last night

RTÉ described the viewing numbers of last night's episode as "incredible".

Sunday night saw the much-anticipated return of Reeling in the Years, with over half a million tuning in to watch the RTÉ favourite.

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The first episode of its sixth season certainly delivered the goods, with this man slipping on the ice on the Six One News making an appearance in its very first scene.

Focused exclusively on 2010, the episode recounted the year when Ireland was hit by freezing weather, the Aviva Stadium was opened, Love/Hate began and the Rubberbandits had a hit with 'Horse Outside'.

There was also the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland, the Chilean miners' rescue and the EU-IMF bailout, with the accompanying soundtrack including hits by Adele, Maroon 5 and Rihanna.

The first episode of the new season was watched last night on RTÉ One by an average audience of 515,000 viewers, according to the broadcaster.

RTÉ also revealed last night’s episode had an "incredible” 49.2% share among 15 to 34-year-olds.

The series returns next Sunday, with the show continuing its recap of the past decade.

Later episodes of this season will look back on former US President Barack Obama and the Queen's visits to Ireland, Ireland's marriage referendum, Brexit, Donald Trump's election as US President and lots, lots more.

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You can watch Reeling in the Years 2010 to 2019 on RTÉ One on Sundays at 8.30pm.

Episodes will also be available on the RTÉ Player.

Meanwhile, check out JOE's interview with its producer John O'Regan where he discussed what makes the 2010s different from any other decade the show has covered.

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