Thursday 21 September 2017

Brendan O'Connor's 'Saturday Night Show' tops Ryan Tubridy's 'Late Late Show' in RTE ratings

Ryan Tubridy and Brendan O'Connor (inset)
Ryan Tubridy and Brendan O'Connor (inset)
'The Saturday Night Show' host Brendan O'Connor
Ryan Tubridy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Brendan O'Connor's Saturday Night Show topped Ryan Tubridy's Late Late Show in the ratings this weekend.

O'Connor drew an audience of 501,900 compared to Tubridy's 499,600 with an average audience share of 36.76 and 34.21 respectively.

The Saturday Night Show had a strong week of guests including George Hook talking about how he re-convertd to Catholicism after 20 years following a serious health scare whilst undergoing knee surgery.

O'Connor also interviewed Operation Transformation's Dr Ciara Kelly about Ireland's problem with alcohol in the week she had received criticism from some viewers for chastising one of the show's leaders for drinking on the show.

Tom McGurk and Brent Pope were also on to talk about the Six Nations at a time when interest was at a peak.

Tubridy, meanwhile had newly pregnant Maia Dunphy, actor Moe Dunford, restaurateur Nick Munier, and Dublin rockers Kodaline on the show.

The Late Late Show also went up against a very strong Six Nations on Friday which affected ratings.

"We don't pitch shows against each other," said a spokesperson for RTE.  "We all work for the same brand.

"The only winner this weekend was RTE with phenomenal ratings between the Late Late and the Saturday Night Show and also the Six Nations on Friday on RTE 2 and also Ireland and Italy on Saturday on RTE 2."

Speaking to John Murray on RTE Radio 1 recently about rumours Ray D'Arcy would replace him as presenter, O'Connor said, "I would say the numbers are up hugely on last year which is unusual in television at the moment.  I think the team is firing on all cylinders at the moment."

O'Connor is recovering from surgery for a broken arm and it had been thought he may not make the show on Saturday night.

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