RTE's Dancing with the Stars overtakes Ryan Tubridy and Tommy Tiernan in ratings boom

By Katie Gallagher

Dancing with the Stars has returned with a bang as over half a million flocked to screens to watch the opening night.

Following a year off screen due to the pandemic, the eagerly anticipated return of the hit RTE show on Sunday night ran away with the weekend ratings, with 525,000 fans tuned in to the programme.

The first episode, hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne, with judges Loraine Barry, Brian Redmond, and Arthur Gourounlian introduced the first six celebrity dancers.

Another six famous faces are yet to make their debut on the stage next week.

Neil Delamere on the opening night of Dancing with the Stars (RTE)

And it seems fans stayed put, as 462,000 viewers tuned into Fair City afterwards to watch fan favourite character Cristiano bid a fond farewell to Carrigstown.

Elsewhere in the weekend ratings war, the Late Late Show's first show of 2022 got off to a flying start, as 492,800 tuned in to watch host Ryan Tubridy’s return to screens.

The prime time show scored 43% share of the audience watching TV in Ireland at the time, as Tubridy welcomed RTÉ stalwart Charlie Bird and friends Vicky Phelan, Baz Ashmawy, and Karl Henry to the studio as they prepare to embark on their 'Climb with Charlie' later this spring.

Following weeks at the top of the ratings last season, pulling in over half a million at its peak, The Tommy Tiernan Show trailed behind - pulling in 458,000 viewers to the season six return on Saturday night.

Tommy's guests on the night included former State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, Broadway star Kieran Donnelly, former boxer Barry McGuigan with music by Ye Vagabonds.

Figures released by RTE also revealed that over 330,000 viewers tuned in to see the latest chapter in the Ahern family drama unfold in the series two debut of Smother on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Treaty Live drew 258,000 viewers on Friday night as David McCullagh, Sinead O'Carroll and panel broadcast as live the unfolding of events 100 years ago to the day after a month of impassioned debates members of the 2nd Dáil voted on whether or not to ratify The Anglo-Irish Treaty.

In sport, the Leinster Club Football Final on Saturday GAA Live was watched by an average of 106,000 whilst URC Live later on in the evening was seen by an average of 215,000 viewers as Munster edged out Ulster.

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