November\'s winder sports coverage and the annual Late Late Toy Show helped RTÉ get 28% of the audience with Virgin Media TV retain 19%. The Late Late Toy Show topped the TV charts once more, with an average audience of 1.8 million across the week. The live show had 1.56 million people tuned to the annual event, with additional 292,000 viewers watching on RTÉ ONE +1 and the Saturday repeat. RTÉ also scored well with sports getting a 6% of the audience, with the Irish Women\'s stunning win against Georgia getting an average audience of 209,000 viewers, along with 131,000 for FAI coverage and 686,000 for Ireland V New Zealand in Rugby. \r\n
October saw RTÉ2\'s audience drop back to 5%, this compares to its best summer results in several years. RTÉ ONE\'s drama KIN remained the most watched show with 631,600 viewers, down slightly from September\'s 686,600 viewers. Virgin Media one\'s Gogglebox Ireland on October 27th had 274,400 viewers. Overall RTÉ held 26% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television retained 19%.
Nearly 80,000 people across the Island Of Ireland contracted COVID-19 in September 2021. The Republic saw a 21% drop in the number of cases from August, and well of ahead of the 7,572 figure of September 2020. Northern Ireland saw a drop of 17% from August with 37,207 cases reported. In total there have been 630,328 COVID cases since the pandemic began in 2020. In total 4.9 million people have been fully vaccinated (71% of the total population), with 347,486 getting their second jab in September, the republic saw 302,383 second doses administered with the north delivering 45,103 in August. \r\n
Eoghan McDermott has been replaced by Stephen Mullan as narrator on the popular reality TV show. This comes following his departure from RTÉ 2fm and as host of Junior Eurovision. Sophie Monk returns as host with comedian Stephen Mullan taking over from Eoghan McDermott. Love Island Australia is an ITV production for Channel 9, it will air later in the year in Ireland on Virgin Media TWO.
Nearly 100,000 people across the Island Of Ireland contracted COVID-19 in August 2021. The Republic saw a 73% increase in the number of cases from the previous month, and well of ahead of the 2,916 figure of August 2020. Northern Ireland saw its worst month since the pandemic began reaching 44,615 cases for the month, an increase of 48% from July. In total there have been 556,368 COVID cases since the pandemic began in 2020. In total 4.5 million people have been fully vaccinated, with 740,957 getting their second jab in August, the republic saw 1.2m second doses administered with the north delivering 119,653 in August.
RTÉ2 after seeing its best audience share of the last 3 years has seen its share increase again in July as the Euros came to an end and the Olympics began. The channel had 12.18% share of the audience in July 2021. The final of the Euros between England and Italy had an average of 941,300, this compares to 898,100 in 2016 when the final was broadcast on both RTÉ2 and TV3 (now Virgin Media one). In June 2016 RTÉ\'s coverage of the Euro final had 782,100 while TV3\'s had 116,000 viewers. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its summer time audience in August with continued coverage of the GAA championships and the Olympic Games. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 18%.