Mrs Browns Boys suffers worst ever ratings as millions switch off on Halloween

Mrs Brown’s Boys has suffered its worst ratings ever since the show first aired in January 2011.

The show’s live Halloween special on Friday night had just 2.6million viewers tuning in, which marks a new low for the BBC sitcom.

More than a million viewers have switched off the once-popular Irish comedy since last year’s Christmas special when 3.7million fans tuned in.

But recently the BBC production, which stars Brendan O’Carroll, 66, as gobby Agnes, has dipped in ratings after more than 10 years on air.

In 2019 its festive show pulled in 7million viewers, but the numbers haven’t been the same since stars including Gary Hollywood, who played Dino Doyle, and Damien McKiernan, who played Rory Brown, left the show.

During the Halloween special, viewers were seen calling for them to return to save the show on social media.

One user penned: “Sadly they will never be the same without Rory and Dino,” while another agreed: “I miss Rory and Dino.”

The live episode was given a primetime slot on Friday night and there was a big publicity drive to boost interest.

But after the poor success on Halloween night, it is thought TV bosses are likely to be fed up that it failed to pull in big viewing figures for flagship channel BBC One.

At its peak the show was being watched by more than 11million viewers at home.

Despite the disappointing figures, the BBC has splashed the cash to keep airing the comedy sketch show until 2026.

Show boss Brendan is thrilled he managed to secure the big-money deal and he’s even got them to agree to have a plum spot for this year’s festive special.

He said: “This new deal we signed last week goes all the way to 2026, which means I will be able to grow into the part, and we’ve a clause in which guarantees Mrs Brown is aired at 10pm on Christmas night, or else we don’t have to make it.

“I wanted that because if it’s not good enough for Christmas Day, then we shouldn’t be making it.”

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