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    GAA gets higher ratings than Ireland Qualifier


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    Not a huge difference in fairness, good ratings for a game against a team the calibre of Cyprus.

    A more accurate comparision will be our biggest game of the year to date, Italy at home, against the other sports biggest games.

    Once again, I feel the Irish international team will hold the highest tv rating for a sport event for the year.

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    It is a surprise as normally the bigger football matches get the higher ratings. We do however have more of a pub culture for watching football rather than the GAA. Unfortunately too many football fans in this country only watch football in pubs.

    The figures obviously just include the RTE numbers and the game was also available on Sky Sports.

    Both figures actually seem high as well although I see the Late Late eclipsed both games.

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    I see the peak RTE figure was late in the game. Given George Hamilton's jinx I'd say many turned to SKY to watch the end of the game!

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    i think if anything it shows that sport is the only show in town. I dont believe those figures for one second btw, knowing that RTE are a sponsor of said GAA programming. also as mentioned SKY also had the match so id add say another third or one quarter to the football figure. To see how bad tv is at the moment, and show how people of deserted the GAA propaganda machine that is RTE... the highest viewed normal programming is a show done ten years ago, recalling snippets of our tv past 25 years ago.....reeling in the years
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    Reeling in the Years is one of the best programmes on any channel.

    (And one other factor which hasn't been mentioned here which I'll just throw out - the GAA figures don't include the 80000 who were at the game, while the football figures don't include the 5000 at the game)

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    what were the viewing figures for the Ireland - Wales 6 Nations game?
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    Very good figures for the Cyprus game.

    Though the Hurling final beat it x10 as a sporting spectacle.

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    Three people watched the Cyprus game on my TV, are we only counted as one?
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    Would that not just be your not counted. How can one be counted as none?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    You're counted as none.
    GAA conspiracy! They probably counted me as watching the hurling game too even though I was watching recorded stuff.
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    Does the RTE player count as a rating?
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    From RTE:
    On RTÉ.ie, 11,081 live streams were served for the online coverage of Ireland v Cyprus while 28,076 were streams were recorded for the Sunday Game
    I presume those are the from the player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    what were the viewing figures for the Ireland - Wales 6 Nations game?
    There is a thread on it here somewhere. The viewing figures for the Irish international around the same time, must have been the Georgia game were (Im almost sure) higher than the six nations games, with perhaps the exception of the Wales games.

    I know gspain has posted this before somewhere, but football (and I think ROI games at that) have been the no 1 sports viewed event on tv in something like 8 of the last ten years.

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    In fairness - and I HATE watching GAA - the hurling final was far more exciting to watch than Trap's Ireland is at the moment. Sure we may be on our merry way to South Africa, but in terms of sheer sporting entertainment, our footy team is painfully poor to watch sometimes. I don't blame anyone deciding to tune out.

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    Regarding the online figures, is the GAA available abroad while the soccer isn't?

    Anyway, I'm sure the Sky Sports viewing figures would make up the difference in TV ratings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amaccann View Post
    In fairness - and I HATE watching GAA - the hurling final was far more exciting to watch than Trap's Ireland is at the moment. Sure we may be on our merry way to South Africa, but in terms of sheer sporting entertainment, our footy team is painfully poor to watch sometimes. I don't blame anyone deciding to tune out.
    I text newstalk about this point last night. I was at the hurling and yes it was a fantastic game, although a very high portion of scores from placed balls. Although the quality of the Irish game was poor, i was on the edge of my seat till the very end, not because it was highly entertaining but the intensity of it from my perspective was just as high as sun. I dont feel the need to justify one over the other unlike every second gaa pundit!!
    I can understand how someone who only has a passing interest in both codes would think suns was better, but it varies from game to game, ive seen plenty of rubbish gaa games this year as well as very good football games.

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    Regarding the online figures, is the GAA available abroad while the soccer isn't?
    I dont think so, im fairly sure setanta have gaa rights abroad.

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    Interesting link here. The top 20 sports programmes of the year to July. Ireland v Wales is still top, the 771,000 figure for the hurling final seems to be comparable with the Av 000's column there. There's a good chance that Ireland v Italy or the Gaelic final could break that though.
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    In reality soccer has become the 4th sport in this country after Football, Rugby and Hurling and even as a soccer fan I can't say the game isn't where it deserves to be in the pecking order. Football and Hurling are our national games and generally very exciting summer events.

    Rugby conversely is not but the Irish teams and players are doing incredible in it at the moment and to be honest it's nice to support a worldwide sport where almost all of our players actually play in Ireland. Soccer lacks the characters that Rugby has in BOD and ROG who definitely are far more in touch with the average person than Robbie or the likes are.

    All that is why I think this campaign is crucial for soccer in this country, Ireland have to reach this World Cup or soccer is going to be in serious trouble here, a World Cup would give the sport the boost it needs.

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