Almost one million watch Love/Hate finale

Updated: 18 December 2012 16:25

The season finale of RTÉ's third series of Love/Hate attracted an audience of almost one million on Sunday night, with an average of 953,000 viewers. Warning: Spoiler alert!

The season finale of RTÉ's third series of Love/Hate attracted an audience of almost one million on Sunday night, with an average of 953,000 viewers.

Warning: Spoiler alert!

According to the Nielsen TAM ratings, this is an increase of 337,000 on the number of viewers who watched the season finale of the second series, which attracted an average audience of 616,000.

Speaking about the ratings, Love/Hate writer and creator Stuart Carolan said: "I think it's amazing that the Irish public has come on this journey with us and in such numbers. From Clondalkin to Cahersiveen they've stayed with us and this is because of world class Irish actors like Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Robert Sheehan.

"Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge has created this fiendish monster that is the Nidge Weasel and made him his own. Robert Sheehan is a young actor who brought such a special and unique charisma to Darren. It was hugely difficult to say goodbye to him and I understand the audience's loss at his demise.

"Both Robbie and Tom are actors that come along once in a lifetime and we, on the production team, feel privileged that they both said yes to us. We have a great production team and massive support from Jane Gogan [Commissioning Editor] and David Crean [Drama Development] in RTÉ who gave us the creative freedom to just go for it."

Commissioning Editor for RTÉ Drama, Jane Gogan, said: "The success of this series comes directly from the hard work, immense creativity and ingenuity of the many people involved throughout this production led by Stuart Carolan, James Flynn, Suzanne McAuley, Steve Matthews and David Caffrey.

"A superb cast, brilliant writing and direction under the umbrella of good producing has brought a deep connection with the audience and appointment to view for the last six weeks. I'm delighted with the viewers' response and the success of the series for all those involved."

The DVD of the third series and the boxset of series one, two and three are now on sale in shops and online from: www.rte.ie/shop.