Over 1.4 million viewers tune in to see Ireland’s opening game in the Guinness Six Nations on Virgin Media One

1.45 million viewers tuned in to see Ireland’s opening game against England in the Guinness Six Nations on Virgin Media One.


On average, 979,400 viewers watched Ireland in the Aviva Stadium, beating last year’s Grand Slam viewing figure of 951,000 in Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day. The game delivered an impressive average viewing share of 68%.  


Viewing peaking at 1.1 million within the last twenty minutes as Joe Schmidt’s team tried to fight back against an impressive England side.    


Viewership to the opening three games averaged 524,000. This represents a growth of 51% on last year’s games.


The Guinness Six Nations continues this Saturday 9th February on Virgin Media One with Scotland V Ireland and Italy V Wales, coverage starts at 1pm.


Episode 2 of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ airs on Virgin Media One this Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm, followed by Ireland’s Got Mór Talent at 8.30pm.   




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Louise Zayed, Virgin Media Television Press Officer – 083 171 1839

Jennifer McDonald, Virgin Media Television Press Officer – 087 746 7073

Kevin Shore, Virgin Media Television Press Officer – 085 713 1544


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