RTÉ2 has seen its best audience share in the last 3 years, it last hit double digits during the world cup 2018. The channel had 11.85% share of the audience in June 2021, this was helped by the Euros 2020. In 2016 the games were split between RTÉ and TV3. The most watch programme was England V Scotland on June 18th with 547,700 viewers. Virgin Media one\'s Love Island\'s had 277,000 on June 30th. In June 2016 RTÉ2 had an audience share of 11.67%, while TV3 (now Virgin Media one) had 9.23%. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its June\'s audience share with continued coverage of the Euros, GAA championships and the Olympic Games in July. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 17%.
TG4 has seen its best audience share in the last 7 years. The channel had 2.74% share of the audience in May 2021, it previous best was in April 2017 when it achieved 2.67%. Meanwhile, RTÉ2\'s audience has dipped back to 4.5% audience share in May, the channel will expect to gain a large audiences over the next few months with its coverage of the GAA championships, Euros 2020 and the Olympic Games. Overall RTÉ held 25% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 18%.
RTÉ2 has dipped back below 5% audience share, the boost last month by the royals and sport failed to help them make ground. Overall RTÉ saw 2% decrease month on month and a 8% decrease year on year. As the Six Nations ended on Virgin Media Television its audience also departed in April giving them a monthly drop of 13% but a 16% increase year on year. Overall RTÉ held 26% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 19%.
Oprah\'s interview with the young British royals achieved the most watched programme on Irish TV with 836,500 viewers tuning into see the couple talk about life after royalty. Along with World Cup Qualifiers it helped RTÉ2 increase its audience share by 33%, however RTÉ2 only achieved a 5% share of the audience across the month. Overall RTÉ saw 3% increase month on month but a 10% decrease year on year. Virgin Media Television\'s coverage of the Six Nations continued in March giving them no monthly change but a 27% increase year on year. Overall RTÉ held 27% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 21%.
February\'s Six Nations Kick off has given Virgin Media TV its highest audience share since the Rugby World Cup 2015. Ireland V France had an average audience of 798,400 on Virgin Media One, the most viewed programme of the month. In total Virgin Media TV had a 21% share up 15% from last year and 26% month on month, this figure was last achieved across TV3, 3e and UTV Ireland in October 2015. RTÉ saw a drop of 11% from last year, with a monthly drop of 3%. Overall RTÉ held 26% of the audience.
The first month in 2021 sees Irish TV drop by 4% month-on-month and by 1% year-on-year. With Dancing With The Stars put on hiatus due to COVID restrictions RTÉ ONE managed to pull in a normally high audience for this time of year. Ireland\'s Fittest Family to the place of DWTS to help RTÉ\'s Sunday night line up, with the return of The Tommy Teirnan Show also helping weekend viewing on the channel. Virgin Media one\'s line up of returning ITV reality shows help them to retains an 11% share. Overall RTÉ held 27% of the audience, while their nearest rivals Virgin Media Television held on to 17%.