An average audience of 220,000 tuned-in to RTÉ2 for Tuesday night’s FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final as defending champions USA edged-out England.
The audience peaked at 316,700 as the game reached a climax (21.45) while a share of 20% of those watching TV at the time were watching the game on RTÉ2.
In England the game became the most watched TV programme of the year with 11.7 million people tuning into the coverage on BBC Television. That’s almost as many as the aggregate viewing audience in Britain for the whole of the 2015 tournament, despite England getting to the same stage, and shows the massive growth in interest.
“The continuous growth in viewing figures as the tournament has progressed shows the value in bringing a global tournament to an Irish audience free to air,” said RTÉ Group Head of Sport, Declan McBennett.
“RTÉ, TG4 and indeed BBC are to be commended for backing the Women’s World Cup to the level they did. The tournament has created not only new heroes for many young girls and boys but also new role models given the level of expertise and insight witnessed across the television panels.”
Sunday’s World Cup Final will be live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 3.30pm when Darragh Maloney will be joined by Emma Byrne, Richie Sadlier and newly appointed Chelsea FC Coach Lisa Fallon for all the action between the USA and the Netherlands.