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More younger viewers watched Prime Time leaders' debate than Love Island

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More Irish TV viewers aged from 15-34 watched last night's RTÉ Prime Time leaders' debate than tuned in to ITV's Love Island, latest figures have revealed.

It seems that nation's millennials are taking a huge interest in the 2020 General Election, judging by the surge in younger viewers who watched the RTE show-down.

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(left to right) Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Presenter David McCullagh, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, Presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald at the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2020. See PA story IRISH Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

(left to right) Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Presenter David McCullagh, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, Presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald at the final TV leaders' debate at the RTE studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2020. See PA story IRISH Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Figures released to Independent.ie show that an average of 83,000 people in the younger demographic tuned in to see the three party leaders trying to score points off each other ahead of Saturday's Election on the Prime Time special.

In comparison, an average 67,000 in the same age-group watched the winter version of the dating show, which is filmed in South Africa, some 16,000 less than were tuned in to the political discussion.

An average of 658,000 watched the final televised debate of the General Election campaign, which made up a 53.5pc of the available audience. Over one million people tuned in at one point.

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