More people watched the England football team than most of the Six Nations
But The People's Game still prevailed in the end.
RTÉ released the viewing figures for the midweek World Cup semi-final and it's safe to say that there's an awful lot of people on this island who love the prospect of England failure.
Over one million Irish people tuned into RTÉ on Wednesday night to see Croatia defeat Gareth Southgate's men and to witness the end of It's Coming Home once and for all.
England v Croatia viewers
It means that more people watched that than they watched Ireland's playoff with Denmark or the game in Wales that sent the country to the playoffs in the first place.
It also means that, for the most part, way more people watched that World Cup semi-final than they watched Ireland themselves playing in the historic Six Nations campaign.
For four of those five Grand Slam-winning games, less people were tuned into TV3 than they were RTÉ for a football match between Croatia and England.
Six Nations viewers (average)
France v Ireland: 572,000
Ireland v Wales: 647,000
England v Ireland: 951,000
It's not unheard of for football to trump the rugby. In 2016, more people watched Portugal v Wales than they did any rugby match that year, as the stats showed.
The success of the Six Nations saw a massive and steady increase throughout the tournament as Ireland got closer and closer to a third Grand Slam in their history.
Whilst everyone loves a good bandwagon, almost as many people were just as intrigued to see the wheels come off the England bandwagon with an average number of 924,300 watching Croatia v England.
More people, in fact, watched that than they did the All-Ireland hurling final in 2017.
Top shows in Ireland 2017
- The Late Late Toy Show - 1.35m
- Mayo v Dublin - 1.14m
- Ireland v Denmark - 1.04m
- Galway v Waterford - 916,500
- Wales v Ireland - 866,100
Last night's #WorldCup2018 England v Croatia semi-final was watched by an avg. audience of 924,300 (61% share) on @rte2 with over 200,000 streams on @rteplayer. The peak figure was 1.12m and it was #1 for 15 to 44s. The final airs this Sunday from 3pm on @rte2 and @RTEplayer
— RTÉ Communications (@RTEPress) July 12, 2018
You can read the full list of the most popular and most viewed shows in Ireland for the whole of last year right here.