Friday 6 December 2019

Just 34,000 viewers tune in to Sky Sports' coverage of Tipp's victory over Galway

From left: Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney with hurling analysts Jamesie O’Connor and Ollie Canning, and GAA anchor Rachel Wyse
From left: Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney with hurling analysts Jamesie O’Connor and Ollie Canning, and GAA anchor Rachel Wyse

Sky Sports continues to struggle in attracting viewers to their GAA coverage.

An average of 34,000 viewers tuned in to Tipperary's stirring 3-23 to 4-13 victory over the Tribesmen at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening on Sky Sports 3.

The figure represents just 2.8pc of the market share and is worrying considering that the game didn't clash with either of Saturday's World Cup quarter-finals.

In comparison, an average of 203,000 viewers watched Clare and Wexford thrilling extra time draw from Cusack Park, 25pc of market share, and 385,000 people tuned in to see Kilkenny regain their Leinster hurling title against Dublin (36pc of market share) on RTE.

The figure of 34,000 does not include people who watched the game in pubs, clubs, hotels or those who tuned in from the UK.

They do not include the thousands of households across Ireland who watched the game on Sky Sports 3 in High definition.

In addition, there were many other ways to watch the game live via mobile, tablet and online which are not included in the figures. For example, the figures do not include those who viewed the match via Sky Go or Sky Sports mobile tv.

Sky Sports will televise Tipperary's Round 2 Hurling Qualifier clash with Offaly this Saturday.

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