Figures confirm this year's Late Late Toy Show was a smash hit

Figures confirm this year's Late Late Toy Show was a smash hit

Adam King clapping in delight as he sees his favourite hospital porter, John Doyle on the Late Late Toy Show

It captivated viewers the length and breadth of the country as well as further afield and now figures from RTÉ have confirmed what we already knew - The Late Late Toy Show 2020 was a smash hit. 

The annual show, which this year raised a staggering €6.5 million for The Late Late Toy Show Appeal, had viewers tuning in from 138 countries.

With presenter Ryan Tubridy at the helm, the core message of this year's show was one of celebration of the wonderful children of Ireland - those here and those who can't make it home this Christmas - during what has been a difficult year for all.

Michael Moloney & Dermot Kennedy perform Giants on The Late Late Toy Show 2020 at The Late Late Toy Show 2020, at RTÉ in Dublin, Friday, November 27th 2020.
Michael Moloney & Dermot Kennedy perform Giants on The Late Late Toy Show 2020 at The Late Late Toy Show 2020, at RTÉ in Dublin, Friday, November 27th 2020.

Viewers were bowled over by the show's little stars including Galway girl Saoirse Ruane, whose story inspired the establishment of The Late Late Toy Show Appeal and Adam King from Cork, who won the hearts of the nation with his aspirations to work in ground control at NASA. 

The show also featured a surprise duet from Dermot Kennedy with Ballina's Michael Moloney, and little rock star Noah Rafferty being gifted a guitar from U2's Edge. 

Figures from RTÉ reveal that 1.5 million viewers watched the entire show themed The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl on RTÉ One on Friday night, representing a 79% audience share. 

Television viewing of Friday night's show is now at 1.7 million, taking catch-up viewing on Saturday and Sunday into account. 

This makes it one of the highest rating TV programmes, on a single channel, on record. 

Children from Miss Ali Stage School perform Singin' in the Rain as part of The Late Late Toy Show 2020 with show host Ryan Tubridy. The song was recorded in Carrigstown, the Fair City lot at RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture Andres Poveda
Children from Miss Ali Stage School perform Singin' in the Rain as part of The Late Late Toy Show 2020 with show host Ryan Tubridy. The song was recorded in Carrigstown, the Fair City lot at RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture Andres Poveda

Online, The Late Late Toy Show exceeded 500,000 streams live and on-demand across the weekend, in what was a record-breaking weekend on RTÉ Player. 

The Late Late Toy Show (RTÉ One and RTÉ News Irish Sign Language Toy Show versions) had 359,000 live streams.

A further audience of 176,000 watched The Late Late Toy Show repeat on Saturday on RTÉ One. 

On RTÉ's social media, The Late Late Toy Show videos on RTÉ's Instagram and Facebook accounts had 5.85 million views and generated total interactions of 830,000, while #LateLateToyShow was the number one worldwide trend on Twitter.

"The true essence and magic of The Late Late Toy Show was really captured this year with the wonderful children involved," commented Ryan Tubridy. 

"To hear that it was beaming into 138 countries across the globe is just phenomenal. 

"The fact that children and their families who might not be able to get back home this Christmas got to join with us in unison was very important to us. 

"The Irish people continue to astound with their ability to dig deep and support The Late Late Toy Show appeal, raising much-needed funds and truly exceeding all expectations with their generosity.

"I think it's safe to say we are truly humbled by the reaction to the show," he continued. 

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