Irish drama Normal People has ended on a high after smashing the RTÉ Player record with 3.3 million streams - and, in the process, overtaking the number of streams on the service for season four of Love/Hate.

The pained story of love between two young Irish people concluded on RTÉ One on Tuesday night and received an overnight average of 319,000 viewers with a 33% share, an increase of 20,000 viewers from the previous week.

Normal People also 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 four, which received 1.2 million streams in 2013. 

The second series of Young Offenders had 1.05 million streams in 2019, while Dublin Murders attracted a total of 560,000 streams.

Normal People catapulted lead actor, 24-year-old Kildare actor Paul Mescal (and his chain), to fame, following his first television role as Connell. The smash Irish hit has been hailed an international success with a celebrity fan base, including Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Mia Farrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry and James Corden. 

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 film-maker Lenny Abrahamson and the English director Hettie Macdonald. The series was filmed in Dublin, Sligo, Sweden and Italy. 

The entire series of Normal People is now available on the RTÉ Player. Love/Hate will be shown in full from this Friday night at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.