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28th Aug 2018

Figures reveal how many people watched Pope Francis in Ireland on RTÉ

Alan Loughnane

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His visit took over the whole weekend.

More than one million people tuned into RTÉ One at some point during the Papal Mass, figures have revealed.

The national broadcaster also said an average of 535,000 viewers saw the full Mass from start to finish.

The programme coverage reached an audience of 1.1 million viewers who tuned in at some point during the broadcast while RTÉ also shared the footage with 77 broadcasters around the world.

TV viewing data released by Nielsen TAM shows that over 1.8 million viewers tuned into RTÉ special live television coverage of Pope Francis in Ireland across the weekend.

On RTÉ2, the Festival of Families concert event in Croke Park on Saturday evening saw 379,000 viewers, on average, watch the full four hour programme. The programme reached its peak with 570,000 people watching at one stage.

RTÉ provided wall-to-wall coverage of all the public events Pope Francis attended from when he arrived on Saturday morning until he left on Sunday evening.

They also provided some lovely moments in their coverage.

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