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Ireland v France Rugby World Cup match breaks TV3 viewing records

Published 12/10/2015 | 15:28

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw gets past France's Mathieu Bastareaud (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw gets past France's Mathieu Bastareaud (right) during the Rugby World Cup match at Millennium Stadium
11 October 2015; Paul O'Connell, Ireland, shortly before leaving the pitch on a stretcher. 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D, Ireland v France. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
IT’S A FUNNY OLD GAME: Pictured at the TV3 autumn launch at the Aviva Stadium are Rugby World Cup (RWC) panellist Matt Cooper, presenter Sinead Kissane and RWC sports presenter Tommy Martin

The nail-biting Ireland v France Rugby World Cup match broke TV3 viewing records on Sunday night.

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A whopping 72% of all adults watching television in Ireland were tuned in to TV3 on Sunday (11 October) to see Ireland beat France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

This was during the final minutes of the match when a peak number of 1.42 million viewers were glued to the action.

The game reached a record breaking 1.6 million viewers in total and recorded a record breaking average of 1.15 million viewers - the highest ratings ever achieved by TV3.

Across pre-match, match and post-match analysis of Ireland v France on TV3, 1.69 million viewers tuned in.

Saturday’s Australia v Wales game also drew a high viewership of 797,000. The match commanded a 427,000 average with a 42% Adults share, and peaked at 553,000.

To date, TV3 Group’s Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage has reached 3.27 million viewers which is almost 80% of the total potential TV audience.

TV3 will broadcast all four Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals live this weekend, on Saturday from 3pm.

South Africa take on Pool A runners-up Wales at Twickenham followed by Pool A’s New Zealand v against France game at the Millennium Stadium.

On Sunday 18 October, TV3 will be live from 12 noon building up to Ireland’s quarter final with Argentina with Australia and Scotland going head to head at Twickenham.

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