RTÉ’s coverage of England’s UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Final clash with Denmark on Wednesday drew an average of 888,800 viewers on RTÉ2 with a share of 61 per cent of those watching television at the time.

This was a higher figure than the most-watched sports programme of 2020 when an average of 876,000 tuned in to watch Dublin beat Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final.

England against Ireland in the Guinness Six Nations on Virgin Media back in February drew 634,000.

The audience peaked on TV this week with 1.04 million tuning in as the game concluded its 90 minutes.

An additional 193,016 streams were delivered on RTÉ Player, and it would not be unreasonable to assume that another 10 per cent were watching on ITV with Roy Keane in the analysts chair.

In England, the peak audience hit 27.6 million, making it the largest ever football TV audience across Britain.

On Tuesday night Italy’s dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Spain in the other UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Final saw an average of 585,800 viewers, peaking at 756,400 as Jorginho slotted home the winning penalty for Italy.

The UEFA EURO 2020 Final will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player this Sunday 11 July from 7.00 pm, and is likely to hit another high for the year.

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