RTE deems this year's Rose of Tralee 'a ratings success'
Published 20/08/2014 | 16:42
An average of 694,000 people tuned in to watch the second night of the Rose of Tralee – and RTE has deemed it a “ratings success”.
The crowning of the new Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh drew an audience of 760,300 people at its peak.
Last night, Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was named the 56th Rose of Tralee.
The show’s presenter Dáithí Ó Sé said he was delighted for Maria, whose “wonderful and unique personality really shone through”.
“This is my fifth year presenting the Rose of Tralee and I felt the atmosphere around Tralee town leading up to the show was electric. I'm delighted for this Year’s Rose Maria.”
“Her wonderful and unique personality really shone through during the week and also on stage. She will be a great ambassador for the Rose of Tralee”
A delighted Maria, a Studio Manager for Anthropologie Group, said: “I’m delighted to be crowned the Rose of Tralee.”
“The calibre of the 32 Roses from this year was phenomenal and it’s an honour to represent the Roses and Festival.”
Michael Kealy, the show’s executive producer said: “The viewership figures for this year’s show are fantastic. A share of 50pc for the second night means one in two people in Ireland watching television at that time tuned in to The Rose of Tralee.”
“ Dáithí Ó Sé’s energetic personality made the live event much more fun for the Roses. I wish the newly-crowned Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh all the best in future,” Mr Kealy said.
Internationally, the highest number of streams on the RTE Player came from the UK, US and Canada.
Over the two nights 32 Roses took to the stage with the host Dáithí keeping the Roses on their toes.
Dáithí also took part in the #IceBucketChallenge in aid of The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.