Thursday 22 August 2019

More of us watched England's nailbiter against France than Ireland's victory in Murrayfield

It was arguably the greatest day of televised sporting action since the Miracle at Medinah and a lot of us were tuned in.

According to figures released by RTE, a peak figure of 852,380 viewers was reached in the closing moments of our 40-10 win at Murrayfield.

The result left England chasing a 26-point win at home to France to take the Championship and they came mightily close in one of the greatest games in the history of the competition.

RTE recorded a peak viewership of 891,030 as a clearly delighted Rory Kockott booted the ball out of play to thwart England's charge, although Les Bleus did lose 55-35.

The average figures for the Irish match were 697,000, a 65% share of the available television audience, while the station’s audience reach (those who tune in for at least a minute) was 1.06 million.

The BBC has announced record-breaking viewing figures for Saturday's gripping RBS 6 Nations finale between England and France at Twickenham.

The BBC said that figure passed the previous best of 9.56m for England against France four years ago.

The other games on so-called Super Saturday attracted peak audiences of 5.1m for Scotland against Ireland at Murrayfield and 4.1m as Wales beat Italy in Rome.

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The BBC Sport website, meanwhile, recorded 8.22million unique UK browsers on Saturday, surpassing a previous-best figure of 8.03m during the 2012 London Olympics.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "What an amazing end to such a thrilling Six Nations Championship, and duly reflected in such a huge audience figure of 9.63m on BBC One, with millions more accessing content through radio, online and digital platforms."

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