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Irish Mirror
Sandra Mallon

Late Late Show wins RTE ratings war over Kin and Tommy Tiernan after Ryan Tubridy shock announcement

The Late Late Show had almost an average of 100,000 more viewers than the Dancing With The Stars final – after Ryan Tubridy announced he was stepping down as host.

Figures released by RTE reveal an average of 553,000 viewers tuned in to watch Ryan’s heartfelt speech 24 hours after shocking fans by announcing he was stepping down as host of the chat show.

On Sunday night, an average 463,000 watched Carl Mullan and Emily Baker crowned champions of Dancing With The Stars – 90,000 less viewers who tuned into the Late Late Show.

A spokesman for RTE said: “The Late Late Show on Friday, March 17th, had an average audience of 553,000 (Live Plus VOSDAL) on RTÉ One (incl RTÉ One +1) and a 53% share. On RTÉ Player, Friday's episode has generated 35,300 streams so far. The current series from September onwards has almost 878,000 streams.

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“The final of Dancing with the Stars on Sunday had an average audience of 463,000 (Live Plus VOSDAL) on RTÉ One (incl RTÉ One +1) and a 35% share.”

But 560,000 tuned in to see the moment Carl and Emily were crowned winner of the glitzy RTE One.

“On RTÉ Player, Sunday's episode has 19,000 streams so far. The current series of Dancing with the Stars from January onwards has had 422,000 streams to date,” the spokesman said.

But the biggest drop in viewers was the first episode of the second series of Kin, which failed to draw in massive audiences compared to when it first launched on RTE One in 2021.

In 2021, the Ciaran Hinds, Aidan Gillen and Clare Dunne-led gangland drama drew in 500,600 people watching the first episode.

But on Sunday night, after a year hiatus, an average of 376,000 tuned in – a drop of 124,600 viewers.

“Kin, series 2, episode 1, had an average of audience of 376,000 (Live Plus VOSDAL) on RTÉ One (incl RTÉ One +1) and a 35% audience share.

“Series 1, Ep1 of Kin was among the most-watched items on RTÉ Player across the Bank Holiday Weekend in anticipation of the return of season 2. RTÉ Player figures to follow,” the spokesman added.

Elsewhere, Tommy Tiernan’s Saturday night chat show had an average of 362,000 people tuning in – 3,000 less than the previous Saturday on March 11.

“The Tommy Tiernan Show on Saturday, 18th March had an average audience of 362,000 viewers (Live Plus VOSDAL) on RTÉ One (inc RTÉ One +1) and a 34% share. To date the series has had 604,000 streams on RTÉ Player,” the spokesman added.


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