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'The Young Offenders' Delivers on Season Finale
16 Mar 2018 :
The season finale of 'The Young Offenders' was watched by 366,000 viewers on RTE2.

The season finale of 'The Young Offenders' was watched by 366,000* (avg, Live plus Vosdal). The episode, which saw local loose cannon Billy Murphy hijack a bus, culminating in a Frank and Walters sing-along with his captive audience, is currently top-watched programme on the RTÉ Player (https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/) and is the subject of huge affection from fans on social media.

The series, featuring Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as loveable rogues Conor and Jock, and Hilary Rose as Conor’s mam Mairead, has had an average (consolidated) audience of 401,000 since its debut in February, and has been hugely popular with younger viewers: 36% of 15-34 year olds have been tuning in to the show every Thursday night on RTÉ2.  The repeat on RTÉ One each week adds a further 244,000 to the huge ratings. It has a cumulative reach (Live plus Vosdal) of 1.8 million across RTÉ2, RTÉ One, RTÉ One +1 for all transmissions of the episodes, and it is the most-streamed programmes on RTÉ Player this year to date, with 868,000 streams.

The series also features PJ Gallagher as a harried school principal and has made stars of Demi Isaac Oviawe (Linda) and Jennifer Barry (Siobhán) as well as last night’s anti-hero Billy Murphy, played by Shane Casey. The six-part series was written and directed by Peter Foott, produced by Martina Niland, and was produced by Vico Films for BBC3 and BBC Comedy, in association with RTÉ.

RTÉ Executive Producer for Comedy Justin Healy said: ‘We are thrilled with the success of The Young Offenders, it is vital that we support emerging writing and performing talent. Our continuing relationship with BBC3 and BBC Comedy has allowed us to support this truly Irish comedy and bring it to an international audience who have clearly lapped it up. The Irish talent across the production is very exciting.’

Creator of The Young Offenders Peter Foott said: 'We are consistently blown away by viewing figures in the UK and Ireland for each episode.  We had hoped it would strike a chord with audiences, but the reactions are far beyond what we had hoped for.  We're so grateful to BBC3 for commissioning the series originally and can't wait to get started on series 2. Thanks to everyone for watching!'

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