An average of 940,400 viewers tuned in to The Saturday Game Live on RTÉ2 last weekend as Tyrone broke Mayo hearts in the All-Ireland Football Final. This makes it the biggest TV audience of the year to date.

75 per cent of those watching TV at the time were engaged with the game, with viewing peaking at 1,064,800 as the final whistle was blown. In addition, there were 149,000 streams of the game on RTÉ Player.

The number was up on the 876,000 who watched the 2020 Final in December. The previous year, pre-Covid, the number was 989,000. Tyrone’s last final, against Dublin in 2018 had attracted an audience of 841,000, coming in only as the fifth most-watched sporting event of the year behind two rugby matches, the World Cup Semi-Final featuring England and the All Ireland Hurling Final.

The Football Final last topped the one million viewing mark in 2017, when streaming was less of an influence. In that year the average viewership was 1.14 million as Dublin defeated

Galway’s victory in the All Ireland Camogie Senior Final drew an average of 233,600 viewers, with a share of 29 per cent of all people watching television on Sunday afternoon.

Another 12,800 people streamed the match live on RTÉ Player.

Earlier in the afternoon, viewers on RTÉ 2 watched as Wexford overcame Armagh’s efforts in the Junior All-Ireland final and Antrim beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Intermediate final.

In comparison to the sporting highlights, the new RTÉ Drama series Kin attracted an average viewership of 500,600 while The Late Late Show on Friday night including a segment on Ireland’s Paralympic heroes along with sports journalist Joanne O’Riordan saw an average of 436,000 viewers watching.

 

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