It may have been early in the morning but Kellie Harrington’s Gold Medal performance in Tokyo still drew a peak TV audience of 193,000 to RTÉ2 on Sunday.

Over the course of the Olympics, an average of 141,000 viewers watched 2 hours of Olympic highlights from Today at the Games every night on RTÉ2, and Olympics coverage had a one minute reach of 2.6 million individuals across the mainstream free to air coverage.

In addition to this, there were a total of 850,000 streams on the RTÉ Player across the duration of the Games.

Online, RTÉ Sport’s Olympic section on RTÉ.ie had almost 2 million unique users across three weeks, accounting for 16.3 million page views.

Over 574,000 video streams were made on the website and app.

RTÉ Sport also had 13.2m video views of Olympics content on social media, between YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Coverage shot by RTÉ outside Kellie Harrington’s family home on Portland Row on Sunday morning was carried around the world as part of Olympic coverage on the BBC and NBC as well as others.

The time difference to Tokyo had an impact on the kind of massive numbers that were seen in London and will be again in Paris in three years time, while specific live coverage of certain sports was also impacted by the more restricted media rights deal struck between the IOC and Discovery who then sublicensed coverage to RT here in Ireland and to BBC across Britain and Northern Ireland.

“RTÉ Sport was privileged to carry the very best of global sport in the world’s greatest showpiece,” said RT Head of Sport Declan McBennett.

“Even more important was our role in reflecting the hopes dreams and aspirations of the biggest ever Irish Olympic team.”

“We were delighted to showcase the culmination of a remarkable journey for our athletes and show just how well Ireland could compete and better those from any nation on earth.”

“The national moments created around these Games particularly in rowing and boxing will live long in the memory of the Irish audience and help inspire a future generation of boys and girls to strive for the very highest standards in sport.”


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