TRICKY DICKY CORRIE RECORD RED HOT DEVILS; One in Three Irish Homes Tunes in to See Soap Killer's Confession
Byline: JOANNE McELGUNN
A RECORD Irish audience tuned in to Monday's explosive Coronation Street double bill, the Irish Mirror can reveal.
More than 1.2million soap fans watched Richard Hillman's chilling serial murder confession to wife Gail on TV3 and UTV.
At the height of the drama, one in three homes across Ireland saw Tricky Dicky, played by Brian Capron, admit killing neighbour Maxine, pal Dougie and former wife Patricia.
He had also tried to murder his mother-in-law Audrey Roberts and elderly neighbour Emily Bishop.
In the UK, 19.4million were glued to the box, giving Corrie its highest ratings for three years.
TV3 had 802,000 viewers for its first episode at 7.30pm, with a further 372,000 watching on UTV in the Republic.
In the second programme at 8.30pm the combined viewing figure of 1.214 million was one of the biggest audiences ever - with 782,000 watching on TV3 and 432,000 on UTV.
Matthew Salway, TV3 director of programming, said yesterday: "We are absolutely delighted with the impact of last night's thrilling and suspenseful episodes of Coronation Street."
The top audiences on RTE1 last year were:
1. Late Late Toy Show on November 29: 1,032,000.
2. Popstars on January 12: 878,000.
3. EastEnders on Christmas Day: 875,000. …