Rose of Tralee final draws bigger audience than last year and is one of highest rating programmes of the year
An average audience of 637,000 tuned in to the Rose of Tralee final on RTE One as Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne was crowned the winner.
This marks an increase from last year when the final drew an average of 618,000 viewers.
The increase bucks the trend of the previous six years over which the audience for the final had dropped by 33 per cent.
However, last night's final had an impressive 66 per cent audience share.
Host Daithi O Sé said he was thrilled the ratings were so high and that Jennifer was named the 2017 Rose.
"I’m delighted for Jennifer – she’s an all rounder, great fun and her energetic personality and caring nature really shone through during the week and also on stage," he said.
"She will be a wonderful ambassador for the Rose of Tralee.”
RTÉ’s executive producer of this year’s Rose of Tralee show Michael Kealy said, “We are delighted with this year's viewing figures. There is no entertainment show like this in the world – it is uniquely Irish which is a huge hit with audiences at home and online.
"Dáithí Ó Sé is, as always, a consummate professional and his contagious humour made the live event more fun. I wish the new Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne all the best over the coming year.”
The final was also the number one show trending on Twitter for both nights as viewers discussed developments in real time.