Tuesday 27 September 2016

Miriam O'Callaghan's Prime Time Leaders' debate draws 622,000 viewers

Published 24/02/2016 | 11:01

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Joan Burton as they line up for their last TV Debate on RTE Prime Time with Miriam O' Callaghan
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Joan Burton as they line up for their last TV Debate on RTE Prime Time with Miriam O' Callaghan

The final live television leaders' debate of the Election campaign drew an impressive 622,000 viewers.

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Miriam O'Callaghan hosted the Prime Time Leaders Debate on RTE One on Tuesday night with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Fine Gael), An Tánaiste Joan Burton (Labour), Micheál Martin (Fianna Fail) and Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein) going head to head in studio.

The debate, which ran for 90 minutes, saw 1.1m people tune in at various points with 622,000 watching the entire programme, constituting an audience share of 47%.

This compares to an average 586,000 tuning in to Claire Byrne Live Leaders' Debate on Monday February 15 from the University of Limerick with 1.07m tuning in at various points.

The CB Live debate ran for an hour and 40 minutes and had a 48% audience share.

The programme also generated over 21,000 live streams with people logging on to the RTE Player International from 60 countries worldwide.

The RTE General Election debate. Photo: FusionShooters
The RTE General Election debate. Photo: FusionShooters

The Claire Byrne Live debate included An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, An Tánaiste  Joan Burton, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams, Richard Boyd Barrett (Anti Austerity Alliance / People Before Profit), Lucinda Creighton (Renua) and Stephen Donnelly (Social Democrats). 

At last we get good political boxing, but roll on Saturday's count

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