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%.
RTÉ has seen both Sporting action and Drama return viewers. RTÉ2\'s coverage of the All Ireland Football Final had 944,600, while RTÉ ONE\'s drama KIN had 686,600. The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 returned with 178,300 viewers. Overall RTÉ held 28% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television retained 18%.
Eoghan McDermott has been replaced by Stephen Mullan as narrator on the popular reality TV show.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.
RTÉ2 after seeing its best audience share of the last 3 years has top has seen its share drop back in August as the Olympics and GAA Championships came to an end. The channel had 10% share of the audience in August 2021. The post match analysis of the All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final was the most watch programme of the month with 887,800 on August 14th. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its summer time audience in September with continued coverage of the final of the GAA Football championship. Overall RTÉ held 27% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television retained 18%.
Louise Cantillon is the new face of Junior Eurovision in Ireland. The series was hosted by former RTÉ 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermott from 2015 until 2019. This marks the return of Ireland to the competition following a decision to withdraw in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. Adare Productions continue as producer of the show. Ireland has been represented at the competition since 2015, when Aimee Banks represented Ireland with Réalta na Mara, Ireland\'s last entry was in 2019 with Anna Kearney\'s Banshee. The Irish leg of the contest was film in May.