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Sunday's thrilling All-Ireland football final the most watched show on Irish television this year

RTÉ have revealed the TV viewing figures.

Dublin lifted Sam Maguire for a third successive year.
Dublin lifted Sam Maguire for a third successive year.
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SUNDAY’S GRIPPING ALL-IRELAND senior football championship final between Dublin and Mayo was the most watched show on Irish television in 2017 so far, surpassing the senior hurling final earlier this month.

As Dean Rock stood over his match-winning free deep into stoppage time, the TV audience on RTÉ2 peaked at 1.3 million, with the national broadcaster revealing the game drew an average audience of 1,137,500.

In addition, 80.65% of the population who were watching TV at the time (3.30pm-5.15pm) were tuned into RTÉ’s coverage from Croke Park while 107,453 people watched live on the RTÉ Player.

Galway’s nail-biting victory over Waterford was previously the most watched show this year with a peak audience of 1.1 million.

By way of comparison, last year’s drawn football final between Dublin and Mayo attracted a total of 927,000 viewers while the replay saw 843,500 tune in.

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