Monday 24 September 2018

Revealed: How many viewers tuned in to watch Pope Francis in Ireland on RTÉ One

  • National broadcaster says an average of 535,000 viewers saw the full Mass from start to finish
  • More than one million people tuned in to watch at least some of the Papal Mass on RTÉ
  • RTÉ shared footage of the visit with more than 75 broadcasters worldwide
Pope Francis leads the Angelus in Knock, Co. Mayo, on the second day of his visit to Ireland. Photo: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
Pope Francis leads the Angelus in Knock, Co. Mayo, on the second day of his visit to Ireland. Photo: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

MORE than one million people tuned in to watch at least some of the Papal Mass on RTÉ, figures just released show.

The national broadcaster says an average of 535,000 viewers saw the full Mass from start to finish.

There was another 300,000 streams RTÉ’s online platforms which attracted audiences in 159 different countries, including Iran, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.

RTÉ also shared footage of the visit with more than 75 broadcasters worldwide.

Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis address the crowd at Knock Shrine.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2018
Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis address the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
26/08/2018 Pope Francis passes Knock Basilica as he visited Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis address the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
26/08/2018 Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he visited Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he visited Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis address the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
26/08/2018 Cleonagh and Declan Sweeney, from Raheen, Limerick with their children from left to right, Cathal, 9, Amy, 7, Katelyn, 4, and Donnacha, 10 at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Young girls waving flags as Pope Francis arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
26/08/2018 A young girl waves a flag as pope Francis visited Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pope Francis delivers an address to the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis cape blows over his head during a windy spell as he delivers his speech at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis arrives at the Apparition Chapel at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets addresses the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis addresses the crowd as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Empty seats as Pope Francis addresses the crowd after he arrived at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Declan Ganley arriving at Knock Shrine to see Pope Francis. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Declan Ganley arriving at Knock Shrine to see Pope Francis. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Empty seats as Pope Francis addresses the crowd after he arrived at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis delivers an address to the crowd at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Gardai pictured waiting to say goodbye to OPope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis leaves Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Members of Pope Francis Entourage board the Plane at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pope Francis speaks to the audience during his visit to Knock, Ireland August 26, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout
Pope Francis arrives at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis arrives at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
REFILE - CORRECTING BYLINE Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis greets children after arriving in Knock, Ireland August 26, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout
Pope Francis lays a wreath at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland August 26, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout
Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland August 26, 2018. Vatican Media/Handout
Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis during a visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pope Francis during a visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arriving at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arriving at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arriving at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arriving at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis arrives for his visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pope Francis is presented with flowers by Saoirse McCarthy, 11, from St. Patrick's National School, Cloonlyon, Co. Mayo as he arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. WMOF18/Maxwell Photography/PA Wire
Pope Francis greets Knock School Children at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
The Pope’s Plane arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis is kissed by Mary McCarthy at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
The Pope’s Plane arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Schoolchildren from St. Patrick’s National School, Cloonlyon wait to greet Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis with Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring greets Clergy at Ireland West Airport, Knock. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Michael Ring, Minister for Rural Affairs with Catherine Hynes (wife of MAyo Co, Manager) and Blackie Gavin, Lord MAyor, Castlebar at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
The Pope’s Plane pictured arriving at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis carefully makes his way down the steps from his plane at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis greets Knock School Children at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock today. PIC COLIN O’RIORDAN
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport as he arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport as he arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport as he arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The plane carrying Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The plane carrying Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport as he arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The plane carrying Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
People wait in the rain ahead of a visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pope Francis as he arrives at Ireland West Airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis blesses schoolchildren as he arrives at Ireland West Airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis as he arrives at Ireland West Airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pope Francis blesses schoolchildren as he arrives at Ireland West Airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The plane carrying Pope Francis arrives at Ireland West Airport in Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
The faithful wait ahead of a visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
The faithful wait in the rain ahead of a visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Schoolchildren wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The faithful wait in the rain ahead of a visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
The faithful wait in the rain ahead of a visit of Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Pilgrims wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo where he will view the Apparition Chapel and to give the Angelus address, as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
26/08/2018 Liam Hughes, from Athlone at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Annemarie and Aaron Ward from Tuam with their children from left to right Destiny, Santana and Martin pictured at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Holly, 8 and Paddy, 6, Hunt from Knock pictured outside Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Holly, 8 and Paddy, 6, Hunt from Knock pictured outside Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Rev Thomas Harrington from Cork arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims and children arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
Pilgrims including Dominic Dunleavy from Tuam arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018
26/08/2018 Annemarie and Aaron Ward from Tuam with their children from left to right Destiny, Santana and Martin pictured at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 People wait in the rain at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 People wait in the rain at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2018

TV viewing data released today by Nielsen TAM show that over 1.8 million viewers tuned in to RTÉ's special live television coverage of Pope Francis in Ireland across the weekend.

An average of 535,000 viewers watched the full Papal Mass on RTÉ One television in the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

The complete programme coverage anchored by Bryan Dobson reached an audience of 1.1million viewers who tuned in at some point during the broadcast.

On RTÉ2, the Festival of Families concert event in Croke Park on Saturday evening saw 379,000 viewers on average watch the full four hour programme, with a peak of 570,000 viewers all watching at one stage.

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