RTE saw record viewing figures for its Irish Country music special which it broadcast last Friday.
The show featured a Who’s Who of Irish country acts whose dedicated fans tried to beg, steal or borrow tickets to get on to the show.
One local radio station’s switchboard went into meltdown last week when it offered tickets to listeners in a promotion.
The huge popularity of the event, apparently rivalling even the show’s annual ratings grabber, the Christmas Toys Special, is further proof of the phenomenal revival in popularity in Ireland of live country music and show band acts.
The show itself can be seen on the RTE Player where there is also an opportunity to see Enniskillen-based, Liverpool-born Nathan Carter innocently and inadvertently make a double entendre about Philomena Begley – causing the audience to burst into raucous laughter – and the singer to cringe in embarrassment as a stony faced Philomena looks on.
Check it out here:
Think you know your Irish country acts? See who you can recognise from our montage. We’ll give you Big Tom (who was on flying form).
“The Late Late Show enjoyed its highest audience of the year so far for Friday night’s country special. An average of 707,400 people tuned in for the show which saw interviews and performances from the biggest stars on the Irish country scene including Daniel O’Donnell, Big Tom (above) and Nathan Carter.
The show attracted an audience share of 52 per cent with over a half of all Irish viewers watching television at that time tuning in to enjoy The Late Late Show in its entirety.
The total audience reached over the course of the show was 1.3 million…”
Watch the show in full here: www.rte.ie/player