It was top scores all round for the finale of Dancing with the Stars which was watched on Sunday night (25th March) on RTÉ One by 576,000, with a massive 48% share. A huge 734,000 (peak) watched the moment where winner Jake Carter lifted the coveted glitter ball with his partner Karen.

The episode appealed to viewers of all ages and was the top entertainment show last week on Irish television with all audiences, and also proved the most popular entertainment show with younger audiences (15 to 34s), where it scored a 41% share. The series has also been a big hit on the RTÉ Player, with 332,000 streams to date.

After 12 weeks of intense dance routines, partner swaps, glitter, tanning and dreaded dance offs, the three finalists strutted their stuff for the last time on the hit series of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Musician Jake Carter, former All Ireland camogie player Anna Geary and comedian Deirdre O’Kane took to the floor and displayed their new found dancing talents when they danced three individual dances – the judge’s choice, their favourite dance and a showdance.

But it was Jake Carter and Karen Byrne’s high energy and stunning dance routines that proved the most popular with the public when they were voted the overall winners of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars series two.

The consolidated figures for the rest of the series were an impressive 322,100 viewers and the previous episodes had an average commercial share of 42.81% individuals.

After the finale, RTÉ confirmed that there would be a third series of the phenomenally popular series.

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