While we finished in last place on Saturday night's Eurovision, over 1m TV viewers in Ireland were cheering on Ryan Dolan on RTÉ One.

The reach (ie the number of people who tuned in at some point for one minute or more) for the programme was over 1.8m viewers (1,826,000), while the peak minute viewing figure at 10:59pm when Dolan was performing was 1,079,700.

An average of 799,700 people watched the whole show; in 2012 an average of 764,500 people watched the Eurovision Song Contest Final. The reach figure in 2012 was 1,751,700, while the peak minute viewing figure last year was 1,011,900.

Ireland's Head of Delegation Michael Kealy said: "We're thrilled with the viewing figures. It's clear to see that the viewing public really got behind Ryan."

Kealy continued: "He performed superbly on the night and while the result was disappointing, he can be proud of his performance and take comfort in the fact that the Irish public think it was undeserved to be placed last.

"Ryan is a star already and I have no doubt that he has a successful career ahead of him."