Friday 23 March 2018

It was tight on the pitch but not on TV as RTE comprehensively beat TV3 in Euro 2016 final battle

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Football fans were spoilt for choice last night, with the Euro 2016 final shown live on three channels.

RTE, TV3 and BBC all had comprehensive coverage of Portugal v France, but viewing figures show that supporters stuck with the national broadcaster to see both Cristiano Ronaldo lift the European Championship trophy and also to bid farewell to John Giles after an amazing career in TV punditry.

Watch: Eamon Dunphy produces one of his best TV moments with emotional and eloquent tribute to John Giles 

TV3 were able to boast having Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on analysis duty but his presence didn't steal too many viewers away from Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady on RTE.

Here is how the viewing figures break down for pre-match, match and post-match coverage:


RTÉ2 average 271,000 share 22%

TV3 average 70,500 share 6%


RTÉ2 average 782,100 share 46%

TV3 average 116,000 share 7%


RTÉ2 average 596,000 share 43%

TV3 average 61,500 share 4.2%


BBC1 Entire programme

average 149,000 share 9%


Not included here is the ITV figures as the channel wasn't accessible on terrestrial television in Ireland. The English station had a decent punditry line-up featuring Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs, which proved to be a hit with viewers during the Euro 2016 knockout stage.

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