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2013 All-Ireland finals a big hit with TV viewers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo was the most watched sports programme on Irish television in 2013.

The Dubs’ memorable win at Croke Park pulled in a remarkable 1.064m viewers on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game Live for 74.3 per cent of the audience share on September 22.

To put that in context, it attracted just 50,000 fewer viewers than the season finale of Love/Hate, which was the second most watched programme of the year behind the chart topping Late Late Toy Show.

2013 Finals

No. of Viewers

Football Final: 1,064,000
Hurling Final: 889,400
Hurling Final Replay: 638,200

The drawn hurling final between Cork and Clare on September 8 also featured prominently in the annual ratings figures, which were released on Wednesday, attracting 889,400 viewers and 64.1 per cent of the audience share, making it the sixth most popular programme of the year.

Both All-Ireland finals were the only sports programmes to feature in the top 10 last year.

The memorable Cork-Clare All-Ireland final replay at Croke Park on September 28, which saw the Banner County win their first All-Ireland title since 1997, also featured in the top 20 at No. 19 in the rankings.

The game, broadcast by RTÉ on The Sunday Game Live, pulled in 638,200 viewers and managed 54.4 per cent of the audience share.

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