RTÉ have announced that over 800,000 people tuned in to watch Tipperary defeat Kilkenny in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park.
Liam Sheedy’s men overcame the Cats by a score of 3-25 to 0-20 to clinch their 28th Liam MacCarthy crown and their first since 2016.
The final was broadcast on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game, with the channel releasing the viewing figures outlining that on average 804,500 people tuned in, with viewership peaking at 901,900 at 17.01.
An average of 804,500 viewers watched the @TheSundayGame Live coverage of Tipperary's stirring win over Kilkenny in yesterday's All Ireland Hurling Final, peaking at 901,900 at 17.01. 72% of those watching TV at the time were tuned-in. #RTEGAA
— Fergus McCormack (@FMcMack) August 19, 2019
The figure is less than last year which saw Limerick clinch their first All-Ireland crown for 45 years with victory over Galway as that game peaked at 1,007,500 viewers.
It was also announced that over 70% of people watching television in Ireland on Sunday afternoon, were tuned into see the Premier County clinch the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Kilkenny had been dominating the early proceedings against Tipp in the first half, with Brian Cody’s men five points to the good at one stage before their opponents clawed back the deficit thanks to a goal from Niall O’Meara.
The Cats then found themselves reduced to 14 men late in the first half when Richie Hogan saw red after catching Cathal Barrett with a stray elbow.
From there, Tipperary took control and in the second half grabbed two goals, first from the in-form Seamus Callanan who scored his eighth goal in as many championship games and then John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, as they ran out 14 point winners in the end.
RTÉ also announced that an additional 96,000 viewers tuned in via the RTÉ Player.