Last week we were spoiled for choice with the endless selections Television had to offer, however, the ratings are in and these top five shows had the most engagement on social media. Not sure what to watch? Well, here’s what you missed.
Dancing their way to the top of our competitor’s chart last week and taking the number one spot was RTE’s Sunday night feature – Dancing with the Stars. With a glittering assembly of some of Ireland’s national treasures and hosted by the always glamorous Amanda Byram with Westlife’s own Nicky Byrne, the show has remained entertainingly consistent each week. From too much tan (do we all remember Hughie?) and plenty of tango, Dancing with the Stars has kept us all entertained. Sadly, all good things must come to an end as we tuned in for the season finale last Sunday, in which we saw former Kerry GAA legend Aidan O’Mahony take home the glitter ball. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, sequins, fake tan and plenty of hairspray over the past few months. Dancing with the Stars proved to be a must watch each week. It’s a job well done for RTE and all the Irish talent that made our Sunday evenings sparkle. With over 6,500 Facebook interactions and over 5,000 tweets the finale certainly had the whole country engaged.
Coming in at number two in our charts is the Friday night highlight The Late Late Show. Hosted by the charismatic Ryan Tubridy the Late Late has consistently been one of the contenders for top audience engagement each week. We joined Tubridy on Friday night as he met with a star-studded sofa of some of Ireland’s finest (Pippa and Brian Ormond and the new Dragon Chanel McCoy), along with a show stopping musical performance from Brave Giant. Last Friday there were over 4,500 Facebook interactions about the show but overall the sentiment was rather negative, 35-44 year olds seemed to be in a particularly feisty mood.
3. First Dates Ireland
What could be more exciting and romantic than going on a blind date? We know, watching complete strangers on a blind date! Yes, coming in third place in last week’s engagement charts was of course the ever entertaining and cringe worthy First Dates Ireland. One of the most consistently watched shows across the country each week, First Dates brings two complete strangers together in the name of love for an always hilarious experiment of awkward exchanges and the occasional hug (that appears to be more of a struggle snuggle). We’ve had it all from these brave souls as they share their wants, needs and sometimes their mother’s best cutlery in one of the funniest shows to air on Irish television in recent months. Carol’s story of coming out after the marriage referendum had us all talking, with this episode garnering almost 2000 tweets.
Back on our screens was the eagerly awaited eight season of Dragon’s Den, we were joined by the ever popular Barry O’Sullivan, Gavin Duffy, Alison Cowzer and Eleanor McEvoy as hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to an intimidating panel of venture capitalists. This season sees a new fire breather added to the dragon’s lair as the panel welcome on board Chanelle McCoy. With a strong panel and deals to be made, it’s time to fire-proof those innovative ideas, as the dragons are open for business. It seems that 35-44 year olds were most active on social media talking about the new series with 717 tweets coming from that age bracket alone.
What better man to debate a point other than Vincent Browne. Joined week nights by a panel of strongly opinionated politicians, we see Vincent address worldwide current affairs as he and the panel get into some interesting and usually heated intellectual debates. Vincent wasted no time last Thursday in addressing the week’s hot topics. As usual, he voiced some choice words and opinions in an intellects game of psychological tug of war, thus earning him a place in the top five most watched. The heated interactions on twitter were firing on all cylinders, especially the 54-64 year olds who had lots to say about the shows guests last Thursday.