Saturday 18 November 2017

164,000 tune in to IFTAs as glitzy awards ceremony returns to RTE

Deirdre O'Kane on stage presenting the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Michael Chester
Deirdre O'Kane on stage presenting the IFTA Awards 2017 at the Mansion House. Picture: Michael Chester
Amy Huberman, Elaine Crowley, Lisa Cannon and Denise McCormack at the 2017 IFTAs.

Sean O'Grady

The IFTAs received a boost in ratings this year after the awards show left TV3 and returned to its original home on RTE.

Tuesday night saw the film and drama awards air on the national broadcaster for the first time since 2015.

It pulled in 164,000 and gave RTE One a 16pc share of the audience. A further 14,000 people watched the coverage, which was filmed in the Mansion House, on RTE One +1.

The figures, while modest in comparison to ceremonies from past years on RTE, are a considerable improvement over the audience on TV3.

Amy Huberman, Elaine Crowley, Lisa Cannon and Denise McCormack at the 2017 IFTAs.
Amy Huberman, Elaine Crowley, Lisa Cannon and Denise McCormack at the 2017 IFTAs.

An RTE spokesperson said the broadcast was a success.

"Our coverage of the awards performed well on Tuesday night," she said.

Last year, the film and drama awards hit a record low, when it reached a peak viewership of 120,000.

It was a slight dip from the 121,100 who watched the awards in 2015 for TV3's first broadcast of the ceremony.

Last October's television awards fared even worse, with 95,100 viewers.

It was a far cry from a few years before, when just under 600,000 viewers tuned in for the 2013 Iftas, which saw the likes of Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd in attendance.

Tuesday night's show saw comedian Deirdre O'Kane return to host in a ceremony that went off without a hitch.

Major winners on the night included Amy Huberman, who won best actress in a drama for Striking Out.

A Date For Mad Mary, starring Seana Kerslake, was crowned best film after seeing stiff competition from The Siege Of Jadotville and The Young Offenders.

While the show ran smoothly, some fans were left disappointed some of the most famous nominees, including Aidan Turner, Michael Fassbender, Cillian Murphy and Ruth Negga, did not attend this year's ceremony.

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