Last Thursday, The Young Offenders came to a hilarious and heart-warming season finale that blew viewers away with an average 479K individuals (450k of A15+) watching the final episode on RTÉ2.

The six-part series starring Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as troublesome but loveable rogues Conor and Jock has had an average audience of 415K (378K A15+) since its debut on 8th February, and has been the subject of huge affection on social media.  Another 237K (219k A15+) watched its Sunday night repeat on RTÉ One. The programme had an average share of 37% on RTÉ2 among 15-34s.

The comedy series, which packs a punch in the emotional stakes too, had a cumulative reach* of just over 2 million individuals across RTÉ2, RTÉ One and RTÉ One +1. (Cumulative reach of 423K for 15-34s and 1.9 million adults 15+).

It is also one of the most-streamed programmes on RTÉ Player this year, with 1,013,350 streams to date for the six episodes over 40 days.  

RTÉ Executive Producer for Comedy Justin Healy said: “We are thrilled with the success of The Young Offenders, it is vital that we support emerging writing and performing talent.

“Our continuing relationship with BBC3 and BBC Comedy has allowed us to support this truly Irish comedy and bring it to an international audience who have clearly lapped it up. The Irish talent across the production is very exciting.”  

Luckily for fans of the show, a second series has already been commissioned. Creator of The Young Offenders Peter Foott said: “‘We are consistently blown away by viewing figures in the UK and Ireland for each episode. We had hoped it would strike a chord with audiences, but the reactions are far beyond what we had hoped for”.

 You can catch up on the remaining episodes now on RTÉ Player.

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*Note: Source: Tam Ireland Ltd / Nielsen TAM.   

All data consolidated Cumulative reach is 1+ min