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Irish World Cup Hockey Finalists Brought In Serious Viewing Numbers

The remarkable journey of a bunch of rank outsiders getting to a World Cup final captivated a nation.

This is reflected in the viewing figures, as RTÉ have released those details, and they make for some impressive reading.

Ireland’s quarter final against India last Thursday drew an average of over 121,000 viewers for 13% of the share (via, despite going up against the Six One News.

The combination of excitement at an Irish team getting to a World Cup semi-final and the dramatic, quality viewing on display in the penalty shootout win saw over 84,000 more tune in for the semi against Spain on Saturday.

There was no fear of it being buried beneath a busy weekend of sport elsewhere, as it drew 37% of those watching TV in Ireland.

Another penalty shootout win and a chance at unbelievable World Cup glory saw over 41% of Irish TV viewers watch the Sunday afternoon final against the Netherlands.

An average of 381,500 people tuned in, with a mammoth one minute peak of 439,100 viewers – huge business for a campaign that had no fanfare just a week prior.

It represents RTÉ’s highest viewing figures for a sporting event outside GAA, rugby or soccer since Katie Taylor’s 2012 Olympic Gold medal-winning performance.

It’s a testament to the performance of the Green Machine heroes, and a real boon for the sport at all levels in the country, as kids and kids at heart start playing the game, and more funding being promised in the future.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.