“As The Clock Struck Midnight, Just Short Of ONE MILLION People Tuned In.”


Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan was celebrating last night after attracting record viewing figures when ringing in the new year.

RTE’s New Year’s Eve programme, traditionally a ratings disaster, bucked the trend this year, attracting an average of 689,000 viewers and a 52pc audience share. As the clock struck midnight, just short of one million people tuned in. The average figures were nearly double the number a year earlier when Grainne Seoige hosted a New Year’s Eve special of the ‘All Ireland Talent Show’, which attracted 375,000 viewers and 31pc share.

“I was really worried because New Year’s Eve is a funny night,” Ms O’Callaghan revealed. “I knew it was a challenge but we turned something which had small viewers last year into mega viewers this year.”

Record Ratings For Miriam On New Year’s Eve Show (Ken Sweeney, Irish Independent)

Previously: 2012: Already terrible

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