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Normal People breaks RTÉ Player record with 3.3 million streams
04 Jun 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Normal People breaks RTÉ Player record.
Normal People has sets a new record on RTÉ Player with 3.3 million streams, gaining the highest number of streams for any show within a short space of time.

The previous record was held by Love/Hate Season 4, which received 1.2 million streams in 2013. Young Offenders Series 2 secured 1.05 million streams in 2019, while Dublin Murders attracted a total of 560,000 streams.
The finale of Normal People, which concluded on RTÉ One this Tuesday, received an overnight average of 319,000 viewers with a 33% share, an increase of 20,000 viewers from the previous week. It is estimated that these figures will grow significantly as the final week of Normal People continues to bring in catch-up viewing.

Normal People captured the hearts of the nation and has catapulted lead 24-year-old actor Paul Mescal to fame, following his first television role as Connell. The smash Irish hit has been hailed an international success and garnered a number of high profile endorsements from members of the international film and television industry.

Having secured the Irish rights to the BBC/Hulu drama, produced by Element Pictures, RTÉ has featured Normal People in a post-watershed slot on Tuesday nights on RTÉ One since April 28th. As has been the case in the UK, the show has been hugely popular for 15-34s and received the highest TV share - 52.3% - among this group in the third week. It also had the strongest drama opening ever on the RTÉ Player with over 352,000 streams. 

The highly-anticipated 12-part drama attracted a loyal weekly audience throughout the series. Consolidated figures in the opening week saw over 375,000 viewers watch the first installment of Normal People with a 33% share. Week 2 of the drama had over 420,000 viewers and a 36.4 percent share. The third week received the highest consolidated figure of over 484,000 viewers and a 42% share. Week 4 attracted 410,000 viewers with a 36% share. Last week the popular drama secured an audience of 382,000 and 34.3% share.

Dermot Horan, RTÉ’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions said"Over the last six weeks Normal People became the must-see event on Irish television and of course on RTÉ Player. Marianne and Connell and their lives became so familiar, even real to us. This is down to Lenny Abrahamson, Ed Guiney, and the rest of the superb team at Element who brought Sally Rooney's novel to life."

Sally Rooney adapted her coming-of-age book with Alice Birch along with Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe. Normal People was directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and the English director Hettie Macdonald. The series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden, and Italy. 

Normal People is an Element Pictures production for BBC Three and Hulu in association with Screen Ireland. The series was executive produced by Ed Guiney (The Favourite, Room, Dublin Murders), Andrew Lowe (The Favourite, Room, The Lobster), Emma Norton (Rosie, A Date For Mad Mary) and Anna Ferguson (No Offence, Prisoners’ Wives) for Element Pictures. Sally Rooney and Lenny Abrahamson also serve as executive producers, as well as Tommy Bulfin and Rose Garnett for the BBC. Catherine Magee (Resistance, Rebellion, Prosperity) is the producer of the series. 





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