Record breaking audience for RTÉ Election Results Coverage
RTÉ's audience numbers grow despite election turnout decline.
The results of Election 2020 have seen the public turn to RTÉ in record numbers. As nail biting counts unfolded, the public interest in politics broke records across RTÉ's public broadcasting services.
RTE's online services also saw record levels of engagement with over 31.5 million page views in just two days, an increase of 30% on the general election in 2016.
Younger audiences were particularly engaged with RTÉ programming. 51% of 15-34yrs old watching TV on Saturday night chose to watch the special exit poll programme on RTÉ One.
Despite voter turnout being down, figures show audience interest increased as RTÉ provided extensive coverage. 44% of people in the Republic of Ireland watched 15 minutes or more of RTÉ One's Election 2020 results and news coverage**. This is an increase of 100,000 viewers on 2016.
Sunday night's Six One News became the most watched news programme of the year across all channels with an audience of 770,000 viewers on average.
With over 31 hours of live TV election results and news coverage on RTÉ One, the mammoth broadcasts saw presenters Bryan Dobson, Miriam O'Callaghan, David McCullagh and Claire Byrne keep viewers enthralled with breaking results, expert insight and statistical analysis.
A total of 3.4 million unique visitors used RTÉ's online services over Sunday and Monday from 202 countries worldwide, including Greenland, Chad, Vatican City and Turkmenistan.
TV election and news content generated 675,000 video streams across RTÉ's online service following the closing of ballot boxes.