More than 1,000 viewers were surveyed by cable provider UPC and Brendan O’Carroll’s comic creation came out on top, ahead of the stars of classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses, the Trotter family, with Homer Simpson and his brood pushed into third place.
Dysfunctional hoteliers Basil and Sybil Fawlty were in fourth place, ahead of the wholesome Waltons who were in fifth.
It is the latest bit of recognition for Mrs Brown, the character who has gone from radio slots and stage shows to a Bafta award-winning, BBC sitcom.
Some 15% of respondents named Mrs Brown and Co as their favourite television family, with the Trotters receiving 13% of first preference votes and the Simpsons 9%. Other families that scored included the couch-dwelling Royle Family, and the Sopranos.
The most popular TV family among men was the Trotters, led by wide-boy Del and aided by hapless brother Rodney.
Somewhat surprisingly, Dubliners also preferred the Trotters to Mrs Brown, but in Munster, Connacht/Ulster and the rest of Leinster, Brendan O’Carroll’s mob was most popular, while women also expressed a strong preference for the foul-mouthed matriarch.
David Kent, content development manager with UPC, summed it up: “She may not be the traditional Irish mammy but, as the survey shows, Mrs Brown is the head of Ireland’s favourite TV family.
“The survey reveals Irish people’s quirky and interesting TV tastes and it is clear that we really love our televisions clans.”
At the other end of the scale, viewers don’t seem to have much time for the Kardashians, as they received just 1% of votes, but that was still more than the Flintstones, who didn’t receive any. Definitely a case of ‘yabba-dabba-don’t’.