Belfast Telegraph

90,000 tuned in for BBC NI debate

By Allan Preston

BBC Northern Ireland's Leaders' Debate on Tuesday night drew in an average audience of 90,000 viewers, the broadcaster reported yesterday.

The hour long live special went out at 9pm and received a 15% share of all available audiences watching at that time, with the network average for the same slot at 16%.

The UTV election debate on Monday night pulled in the close average viewing figure of 88,000 with a 16% average audience share - peaking at one point with a 20% share and 112,000 viewers.

For both channels, far fewer viewers tuned in for the televised debates in this election compared to the March Assembly election.

Around 172,000 viewers watched the final BBC Assembly Leaders' Debate, a massive increase of 70% from 2016.

In turn, the equivalent pre-recorded UTV programme enjoyed a 23% share of the available audience.

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