Connacht’s historic rugby victory over Leinster in Saturday’s Guinness Pro1 12 at Murrayfield attracted very high viewing figures for the channel, according to official TAM Ireland figures. The Westeners’ spectacular win over their neighbours was viewed by over a fifth of all those watching TV in Ireland during the final (21%) .
In total, a half a million viewers (496,000) tuned to TG4 for some part of the evening’s coverage of Final (some three hours of TV) with an average 187,000 people viewing the match istself from beginning to end.
TG4 Ardstiúrthóir Pól Ó Gallchóir, is naturally very pleased with Saturday’s audience figures. “This weekend was a very special one for Irish rugby with two or our provinces contesting the final of this major international compeitition,” he said. “The weather, the quality of rugby, the passion of the intrepid travelling supporters, the historic result and the joyful celebrations that rounded off the day all combined to make for thrilling television and we were delighted to be there to bring it to our viewers, free to view.”