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Nation's guilty pleasure Rose of Tralee remains 'huge hit' with almost 2m viewers

Sasha Brady

Published 19/08/2015 | 17:31

The Meath Rose Elysha Brennan who became the 2015 Rose of Tralee at the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys
The Meath Rose Elysha Brennan who became the 2015 Rose of Tralee at the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys
Toronto Rose Erika Healy skipping in the dome last night during the final night of the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys
Cheering on Scotland Rose Brid Madigan while chatting with Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi O'Sé in the dome last night during the final night of the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 18th August 2015.

The nation’s guilty pleasure has proved yet again to be a massive ratings hit.

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Over 1.7 million people tuned in to watch the Rose of Tralee festival on RTE One over the event's two-day run.

South Carolina Rose Shannon Kelahan Pierson chatting with Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi O'Sé in the dome last night during the final night of the Rose of Tralee International festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
18th August 2015.
South Carolina Rose Shannon Kelahan Pierson chatting with Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi O'Sé in the dome last night during the final night of the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 18th August 2015.

The viewing figures peaked for the second half of last night’s show when one-in-two Irish viewers tuned in to the show's grand finale.

Online ratings were also high with viewers live streaming or accessing the show through RTÉ Player. A total of 72,000 streams have been recorded to date.

The Meath Rose Elysha Brennan who became the 2015 Rose of Tralee at the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys
The Meath Rose Elysha Brennan who became the 2015 Rose of Tralee at the Rose of Tralee International festival. Pic Steve Humphreys

The festival's executive producer for RTE described the two-night show as a "huge hit".

“A share of 50pc indicates that one-in-two people in Ireland watching television at the time tuned to watch the second part of last night’s Rose of Tralee, proving yet again what a huge hit it is with viewers," Brian Páircéir said.

And it wasn't just a hit in Ireland - friends, family and fans across the world also tuned in to watch the Rose of Tralee with close to 52pc of the live streams delivered outside of Ireland.

Most of the viewers were based in the UK, US and Canada.

According to Twitter Dublin this year’s #RoseofTralee hashtag took over the micro-blogging site with more than 52,000 tweets sent.

Users engaged in their own running commentary, discussing everything from Dáithí Ó Sé’s pink tutu to Melbourne Rose Joy Kerrigan's dung spitting party-piece and Daniel O'Donnell's dance moves.

The hashtag trended worldwide, peaking at 140 tweets a minute at 11.29pm on August 18 - the moment the Meath Rose was crowned the 2015 Rose Of Tralee.

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