Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final was watched by an average audience of 804,500. The figure peaked in the closing moments of the game at 901,900.
In terms of an audience share, this means that 72 per cent of the audience watching television at the time on Sunday were tuned into the game.
There were a further 96,000 streams of the game on the RTÉ Player.
The figures were down on last year’s high point when Limerick captured the Liam McCarthy Cup after a 45-year wait.
The 2018 Average was 846,100 with a peak at the end of that admittedly more dramatic final of 1,007,500.
That, in turn, was also down on the 2017 victory of Galway when the average audience was 901,500 and the peak hit just over 1.1 million.
The number of live streams continues to show a marked upward trend with 13,000 or 15 per cent more than in 2018 which itself saw a 36 per cent increase from 60,987 in 2017.
Last year was the first in which Hurling held sway over the All Ireland Football Final though Dublin’s pursuit of a record-breaking fifth successive title in two weeks, against old rivals Kerry, could see the big ball game bounce back.
In 2017 a peak audience of 1.3 million, and an average of 1.13 million representing an 80.65 per cent share tuned in to see Dublin’s dramatic victory over Mayo.
That dipped to an average of 841,000 for last year’s Dublin win over Tyrone, albeit at the end of a summer dominated by the FIFA World Cup.
The Tipperary team enjoyed a warm welcome home to Thurles last night after paying the traditional visit to Children’s hospitals in Dublin, as pictured below in Temple Street.
Image credit: Morgan Treacy, Inpho.ie