Last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show was the most-watched programme on Irish television so far this year.
More than 1.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the show with presenter Ryan Tubridy.
And it wasn’t just all about the views for the show which had The Wizard of Oz as its theme.
The Toy Show Appeal has so far raised €3.8 million for Irish charities, bringing the total to €17 million since its inception in 2020
The show also had 303,000 streams on RTÉ Player across the weekend, with viewers watching from over 139 countries including Bolivia, Jamaica, Qatar and Ukraine.
Average TV viewing for Friday night’s show is now over 1.6 million, including catch-up viewing on Saturday and Sunday.
An average audience of 1.33 million viewers tuned in live to RTÉ One on Friday night. An additional 296,000 watched the programme on catch-up TV, including RTÉ One +1 and the Sunday repeat.
Host Ryan Tubridy, said: “Friday night was a joy to be part of and that is exactly what I was, I was part of a big Toy Show family gathering.
“That is to say, people working behind the scenes and the children who participated. The reaction has been very gratifying and very heartening. I just got the sense that people wanted a night off from reality, they wanted a night to smile, laugh and cry together.
“People of all ages got something from this bizarre, beautiful show so I really want to say thank you to everyone for putting it together, for being part of it and for watching it. Happy Christmas to one and all.”