The Late Late Toy Show remains on of Ireland’s most popular tv events.
This year a massive amount of viewers tuned in to see the children chat about their favourite toys.
More than 1.3 million people watched The Late Late Toy Show over the weekend making it the most watched programme on Irish television this year.
The Little Mermaid themed show, hosted by Ryan Tubridy, was watched by an average audience of 1.2 million live on the night, which was 72 per cent share of the audience watching television at the time.
A further 107,000 viewers watched their recording of the show on Saturday and 42,000 viewers did the same on Sunday.
In addition, the Saturday repeat of the show was watched by an average audience of 134,300 viewers.
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people hold The Late Late Toy Show so dear,” Ryan said.
“The fact that so many people let us become part of their world over the weekend is really heartening and the reaction I have been getting from people since the show has been overwhelming.
“I want to thank the stars of our show, the children, from little Tadhg letting me drag him around the studio floor to that very special moment when the Burke family was reunited. The team, led by producer Nigel Power, put together something truly memorable and I’m delighted to see that viewers embraced it.”
Ryan recently told VIP Magazine how he is asked for tickets to the popular show even when he’s on holiday all over the world.
“I’ve been shouted at across streets in countries that I didn’t think had any interest in Ireland or Irish people.
“But sure enough you hear ‘Tubs any chance of tickets for the Toy Show’ and you’re going’ Mamma Mia’” he said.
“In New York, Fifth Avenue and [I get] ‘please can I get tickets for the Toy Show’.
“I was in Macy’s, coming up the escalator and there were people going ‘Jesus, It’s Tubridy, would you have two tickets for the show…’ and you’re thinking ‘what are you doing here, I’m just buying a jumper for god sake’”
“There is a mania about the tickets.
“They are everywhere, so I tend to go quite low key for the few days before the Toy Show, like disappear.”