An average of 800,000 people watched the final Leaders’ Debate of Election 2011 on RTÉ’s Prime Time last night.

It had a peak figure of 887,000 people and a reach figure of just under 1,400,000 as viewers tuned in to watch Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Eamon Gilmore in a 90-minute debate moderated by presenter Miriam O’Callaghan.

The programme was broadcast live by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) which has a membership of 74 broadcasting organisations from 56 countries and a further 36 associate broadcasters.

It was also broadcast live by the American public affairs cable television network, C-SPAN.

The BBC Parliament channel took the broadcast for transmission at a later time.

Politics was still on the agenda for viewers as the Prime Time Leaders’ Debate was followed on RTÉ Two by The Eleventh Hour which had an average audience of almost a quarter of a million people.