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TG4 Aims To Build On Huge Ratings Success
09 Oct 2012 : By Steve Cummins
‘West’s Awake- Rugbaí Chonnacht’ will be broadcast tomorrow night
TG4 are to build on their sporting successes over the weekend by airing a much-anticipated documentary on the Connacht rugby team tomorrow night.

The Irish-language broadcaster scored a double ratings hit over the weekend thanks to live coverage of the RaboDirect Pro 12 match between Leinster and Munster and the 2012 Ladies’ Football Final at Croke Park between Cork and Kerry.

Television ratings over the weekend show that the Irish-language broadcaster was the second most popular channel in Ireland on Saturday night, beaten narrowly into second place by RTÉ One, while TG4 was the top Irish channel by a distance on Sunday afternoon, securing a viewing share twice the size of its nearest rivals.

Nielsen TAM ratings show that 550,000 people tuned into TG4’s live rugby coverage on Saturday with an average of 237,000 viewers watching the entire match.

Approximately half a million people also tuned into TG4 at some stage during the GAA finals on Sunday with an average audience of 190,000 watching the senior game.

TG4 sports editor, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said of the results: “Our live coverage of Irish sport is one of the channel’s major achievements and this weekend was one of the most successful of all in terms of attracting audience to seeing some of our top sporting stars, men and women in action in our most famous stadia. We are proud to be able to show them at their best.”

Read an interview with Rónán Ó Coisdealbha here.

Sport on TG4 will continue tomorrow night with a one-hour film charting Connacht's first season in the Heineken Cup competition.

The documentary, entitled ‘West’s Awake- Rugbaí Chonnacht’ was directed by Kieran Hartigan (The Brave & the Faithful) and co-produced by Hartigan and Aideen Kane (Back to School Primary Pressures) for Galway-based Iris Productions.

The film brings the audience on a sporting rollercoaster from the modest Sportsground in Galway to the mighty Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse via the Stoop of London and Kingsholm in Gloucester.

‘West’s Awake- Rugbaí Chonnacht’ was funded by the BAI and TG4, it will broadcast tomorrow (October 10) at 9.30pm and again on Saturday (October 13) at 11:25pm.

Watch a trailer for the documentary below:

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