I would like to know how these are compiled.
Over the years we had the TAM ratings which seemed to bear no relation to what people were actually watching as they only took account of Irish television stations and were therefore rendered meaningless by ignoring everyone in multi-channel land.
Now we have the latest viewing figures for Love/Hate released that tell us that the average audience for the last episode was 953000 viewers. That really is meaningless. How can it be "average"? You either watched it or you didn't. The same article in the Irish Times (I can't post a link to it) then goes on to tell us that the audience peaked at 10.27 with 1,074,440. That suggests that 121440 tuned in to watch the closing credits.