December\'s sporting finals helped Irish TV to 47% of the TV audience. Down 5% from November 2020 and up 10% from December 2019. RTÉ\'s average share of the audience was down 2% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was up 13% in December 2020. Virgin Media was down 11% month-on-month, but it was up 9% year-on-year.\r\n
COVID-19, Election 2020, The Toy Show, Drama and Sport bring in the viewers over 2020. The top 50 list of most watch shows on Irish TV show a mixture of everything from Drama to Factual and from Comedy to Covid. The Late Late Toy Show as expected to the top spot with 1.7m viewers tuning into the annual entertainment Christmas show with Ryan Tubrity. RTÉ took 43 of the top place with their rival Virgin Media Television taking 7. Virgin Media\'s top show was ITV I\'m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with 639,900 viewers. RTÉ2\'s top programme was The GAA Football Final with 876,600. The only other shows to get over a million viewers was An Taoiseach speech from Washington announcing COVID measure on St. Patrick\'s Day, the RTÉ 9 O\'Clock News that night and as the news in the rise of COVID numbers at the end of the year RTÉ\'s 6.1 was watch by over a million viewers on December 30th.
November\'s Late Late Toy Show, I\'m a Celebrity and Sports coverage have all help Irish TV achieve a 50% share of the audience. The return of sporting fixtures since October has result in a boom for Irish Broadcasters. 49.65% of viewers tuned to Irish Broadcasters in November 2020, the continued increase in audience from October\'s 48.48% share, the highest audience achieved by Irish broadcasters in the last 6 years. RTÉ\'s average share of the audience was up 7% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was up 9% in November 2020. Virgin Media saw no change month-on-month, but it was up 6% year-on-year. Sport, Toys, News and Celebrity all helping the November ratings.
The return of sporting fixtures in October has result in a boom for Irish Broadcasters. 48.5% of viewers tuned to Irish Broadcasters in October 2020, the highest rating for Irish channels since February when most sporting fixtures came to an end due to COVID-19 restrictions. RTÉ\'s average share of the audience was up 11% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was down 2% in October 2020. Virgin Media was up 6% month-on-month, and up 20% year-on-year. The return of sport and continued corona coverage helping them retrieve something from a summer lacking sport. Meanwhile the sports wars between eir and Virgin Media have seen both sports channels see their shares fall on an annual basis. TG4 increased its audience share by 15% month-on-month, but saw a 53% increase compared to October 2019.
The Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, will gain €20million in annual funding following Catherine Martin\'s (Minister for Media) decision to move the Irish National Symphony Orchestra to the National Concert Hall. Last year RTÉ benefited from the return of TG4\'s portion of the License Fee, which was worth €4.5m in 2018, followed by a €10m increase in funding at the end of 2019 for 2020. RTÉ have yet to go on record in relation to the increase in funding over the last 3 years, only to say it look forward to supporting a smooth and successful transition from RTÉ of the NSO. Meanwhile, Irish Language public service broadcaster, TG4, thank the government for an increase in their public funding of €3.5m in Budget 2021.
Irish TV broadcasters saw their audience share grown in September with a 44% share of the TV audience. RTÉ average share of the audience was up 6% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was down 9% in September 2020. Virgin Media was also up 10% month-on-month, and up 7% year-on-year. Returning and new shows helping them retrieve something from a summer lacking sport. Meanwhile the sports wars between eir and Virgin Media have seen both sports channels see their shares fall.