LAST week’s three way tv debate between Enda Kenny, Éamon Gilmore and Micheál Martin attracted TG4’s highest audience so far this year, according to data from Nielsen, the official tv audience measure.
The 50 minute debate, chaired by Eimear Ní Chonaola viewed on average by 132,000 people, peaking at 150,000. In all 408,000 people tuned in for at least some portion of the first tv debate of this General Election campaign between the three main party leaders.
The debate was also repeated later the same evening with some 175,000 people tuning in at some stage. This means that cumulatively upwards of half a million people viewed at least part of the TG4 Leaders’ Debate last night. The webcast of the debate on the TG4 Player (www.tg4.tv) is available in two versions; one with and one without English subtitles.
The TG4 debate has been praised by all media commentators and reviewers as a lively, comprehensive and passionate exchange and has also proven to be the channel’s highest rating news and current affairs programme ever.
Leas Cheannasaí TG4, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, “We are proud to have hosted this first ever television Leaders’ Debate as Gaeilge and to have served such a large audience with our differentiated approach,“ he said, “a service that will continue in our news coverage and our Vóta 2011 campaign and results coverage.”