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Sunday 22 September 2019

Over one million viewers watched dramatic final moments of Ireland's first ever home win over the All Blacks

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
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Ireland vs the All Blacks generated an average audience of 873,000 - with over one million viewers watching the game's dramatic closing moments.

Joe Schmidt's side delivered an exceptional performance to take down the world champions at the Aviva Stadium, with Jacob Stockdale's second half try the decisive score in the narrow 16-9 win.

The game was hyped from a long way out and that interest was reflected in the huge viewing figures for the Saturday night clash.

An average audience of 883,700 watched the game on RTÉ 2, which reached a peak of over one million viewers during the game's closing moments.

57% of the people watching TV during the game were watching the match on RTÉ 2. It is the second most watched sports broadcast on RTÉ this year after last summer's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia.

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