RTE have announced that over 900,000 viewers tuned into their coverage of Sunday’s All-Ireland final thriller between Kerry and Dublin in Croke Park.
An average of 968,700 tuned into The Sunday Game as Dean Rock’s missed free attempt in the final minute saw Kerry cling on for a draw following an enthralling encounter.
The figure sees a significant rise from that of 2018 when just 841,100 followed RTE’s coverage of the decider between Dublin and Tyrone which saw Jim Gavin’s men seal the four-in-a-row.
The viewership peaked at almost 1.1 million and the match dominated television screens around Ireland with a share of 76.5%.
At peak almost 1.1million watched the drama unfold. 1,099,900. Average 968,700 76.5% share. Huge credit to both counties for the thriller. pic.twitter.com/lS0Dz0wkqb
— Declan McBennettRTE (@RTEmcbennettd) September 2, 2019
The teams will do it all again in 12 days time following the 1-16 apiece draw. Despite coping with 14 men following Jonny Cooper’s dismal close to half-time, the reigning champions found themselves with a five-point advantage heading into the final quarter of the game.
Killian Spillane proved to be the hero for the Kingdom as the substitute hit 1-1 following his introduction while Tommy Walsh and Sean O’Shea kicked Kerry into the lead.
Dean Rock knocked over a point to level the game but in the dying seconds of the seven minutes additional time, the Ballymun Kickhams man missed an opportunity to seal the elusive five-in-a-row.
The replay will throw-in at 6pm on Saturday, September 14 with ticket details yet to be announced.