A peak audience of 1,123,300 tuned in to watch sporting history on Saturday as Dublin closed in on a historic 5-in-a-row All Ireland titles.
The programme on RTÉ2 obviously survived the loss of Joe Brolly on the panel as it topped the original game from two weeks before by almost 25,000 viewers.
An average of 966,600 viewers tuned-in for the game, a share of 72.3% of those watching TV at the time. Additionally there were a total of 140,808 streams on RTÉ Player.
Both those numbers were down slightly on the first game but in terms of the peak that is now the most watched programme of the year.
Last year’s Final between Dublin and Tyrone dipped substantially with an average viewing figure of 841,000 so a restoration of the audience is welcome news.
Figures for Sunday’s TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Final, shown on the sponsor station, were also up.
In all, a total of 666,000 tuned into TG4’s coverage of finals day, with an average audience of 252,500 people watching the live broadcast of the Senior Final between Dublin and Galway, a rise of over 70,000 viewers from the 2018 Ladies Football Final.
This is the second highest viewing figure for a Ladies’ final on TG4 since it first started to broadcast the games back in 2001.
The positive figures come on the back of an increase across the board on RTÉ in 2019 with Dublin’s clash with Mayo in the semi-final on Saturday 10 August watched by 697,000 viewers on RTÉ2, yielding a 63% share of viewing. That was 244,000 more than watched last year’s semi-final game between Dublin and Galway, which commanded a 47% share.
In this year’s other semi-final, 546,000 Individuals watched Kerry overcome Tyrone, a 22% increase on 2018’s semi-final meeting between Monaghan and Tyrone (449,000). Average viewing for all games in the Super 8s shown on RTÉ this year was 344,000 compared to 303,000 in 2018.
The 17 hurling championship matches in 2019 shown on RTÉ television commanded an average share of 46.9%, up from 45.6% in 2018.
Furthermore, interest in Camogie has grown year-on-year, with the All Ireland quarter-finals registering an 11% increase in average thousands, while the semi-finals grew by 18%.
“It’s a fitting testament to two great teams that audiences again tuned-in to RTÉ in such huge numbers to witness the climax of a great GAA Championship year,” said RTÉ Group Head of Sport, Declan McBennett.
“TG4 is extremely proud of our partnership with the LGFA and Lidl,” added TG4 Director General Alan Esslemont.
“Women’s sport has been a central pillar of TG4 audience strategy for many years and it is wonderful to see the profile now being given to these world-class sportswomen.”
“We are proud partners in the 20×20 Women in Sport campaign and are extremely proud that TG4’s women’s sport alliance with Ladies Football will indeed be 20 in ’20. We are already looking forward to marking the lead up our twentieth anniversary with a flourish, both on-screen and with events in the community in Ireland and abroad.”