Below is the list of the Top 50 Programmes on Televsion in Ireland in 2018. The highest rating of all programmes in 2018 was The Late Late Toy Show again1. Interestingly when it comes to entertainment shows, Room to Improve, Mrs Browns Boys and I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here all performed exceptionally well, making it into the top 15 shows of the year1. Home-produced programmes and soaps continued to dominate the top of the ratings chart across all channels.
Sport was a big winner this year again accounting for more than half of the top 50 programmes of the year. Ireland’s Grand Slam 6 Nations clash against England was the most watched sporting programme of the year.
Weather plays a big role in Irish life and this was reflected in the TV viewing data. The Beast from the East hit us for a week in March meaning we stayed glued to our sets for an incredible average of 4hr 5mins every day during that week2.
Looking at the Top 50 programmes we can see that “Live” programmes and Events are what audiences want to watch and that’s where a key strength of TV broadcasters lies. TV broadcaster’s ability to provide this content to mass audiences is what makes TV stand out as the super medium.