Wednesday 13 December 2017

Galway's All Ireland win over Waterford was most watched show on Irish television so far this year

Jason Flynn of Galway celebrates after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Jason Flynn of Galway celebrates after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Galway's All Ireland win over Waterford was the most watched show on Irish television so far this year.

RTE has released the viewing figures from yesterday's Croke Park battle and they show that over one million tuned in to see Galway beat Waterford 0-26 to 2-17.

The national broadcaster also revealed that there was a record number of views on the RTÉ Player, with 60,987 watching online.

The average viewership was 901,500 on RTÉ 2 with the audience peaking at over 1.1 million at the very end of the game to see Galway captain David Burke lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

The figure of 60,987 who tuned in on the RTÉ Player represents a 40% increase on the 2016 All Ireland hurling final.

Meanwhile, RTÉ's coverage of Ireland's mundane 1-1 draw with Georgia on Saturday drew an average audience of 486,000 and peaked at 639,000.

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