As explained to this board before, those are pathetic excuses. There is no issue in the US or Australia for the NFL, AFL and NRL to top the ratings. The Super Bowls and Grand Finals for those sports receive bumper ratings annually. The GGA cannot because the GGA is parochial and attracts really only the hardcores and those from those counties to watch the games.
RTÉ have published the Top 50 there for this year - not much improvement for the GGA there in lower rated games. There are international football fixtures with no Ireland involved and Champions League games there that are rating better than so called prestige GGA ties. The results are even better for the GGA when you consider that the majority of their big games are on Free to Air. Meanwhile rugby loses out on European games and Tour games to subscription channels and football misses out on Nations Cup and Premier League games.
The GGA are fast running out of rope.