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Monday 27 January 2020

Over one million people tune in to watch Ryan Dolan at Eurovision final

Ryan Dolan on stage at Malmo
Ryan Dolan on stage at Malmo

Brian O'Reilly

HE may not have lit up the scoreboard, but Ryan Dolan’s Eurovision appearance has proved a ratings smash for RTE.

An average of 799,700 people watched the entire three hour show, which was hosted in Malmo, Sweden.

This even beats Jedward’s 2012 final, which was watched by an average of 764,500.

Viewership peaked while Ryan Dolan was on stage performing, when the figures rocketed to 1,079,700.

Head of the RTE Delegation Michael Kealy said, “We’re thrilled with the viewing figures. It’s clear to see that the viewing public really got behind Ryan.

“He performed superbly on the night and while the result was disappointing he can be proud of his performance and take comfort in the fact that the Irish public think it was undeserved to be placed last.

“Ryan is a star already and I have no doubt that he has a successful career ahead of him.”

Ryan and the team arrived back in Dublin airport last night, with Ryan saying he was disappointed at the result, but that he would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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