According to an Ofcom report, the hit Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls was the most-watched TV program in Northern Ireland last year. The award-winning sitcom, created by Lisa McGee, follows a group of teenagers navigating life in the city during the 1990s.
The first episode of the final series attracted an audience of approximately half a million people, showcasing its immense popularity in the region. Moreover, during its seven-episode run, the third season garnered an average of three million viewers across the UK.
Remarkably, Derry Girls was the sole Channel 4 program to feature in the top 10 most-watched list in Northern Ireland. Additionally, King Charles III’s Christmas Day message made it to the top 10 in the region, drawing in 292,000 viewers. This Christmas speech, the first since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, became Northern Ireland’s sixth most-watched program of 2022.
Despite these successes, Ofcom’s report revealed a decline in broadcast TV viewership in Northern Ireland. On average, people in the region spend two hours and 44 minutes per day watching broadcast television.