Thursday 29 September 2016

'I wouldn’t be too worried about that' - Ray D'Arcy remains unfazed after new RTE chat show loses 110,000 viewers to TV3's rugby coverage

Elaine McCahill

Published 07/10/2015 | 16:54

Ray D'Arcy pictured at his desk on the set of the RTE The Ray D'Arcy Show Credit: Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy pictured at his desk on the set of the RTE The Ray D'Arcy Show Credit: Andres Poveda

Ray D’Arcy said RTE bosses should have realised his new Saturday night chat show was going to clash with the Rugby World Cup.

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The second instalment of The Ray D’Arcy Show lost almost 110,000 viewers last Saturday night as people flocked to TV3 to watch England be trounced from the competition by Australia.

“I wouldn’t be too worried about that,” he told Independent.ie

“Nearly 700,000 people watched the rugby, we enjoy seeing England lose.

“It’s a national hobby but the only thing is I suppose the schedulers should have looked at that and maybe held on having us on until after the game was over,” he added. 

The 51-year-old also said his show isn’t in competition with the Late Late Show for guests.

“There hasn’t been any crossover yet, we’re going for people who the Late Late wouldn’t have gone after,” he said.

“Timothy V Murphy for example, he used to be in Glenroe and he was a great guest but he wouldn’t have been on their radar.

“We have to be more nimble and more creative because we’re new,” he added. 

It was announced today that the Ray D’Arcy Show would be the new radio partner for the ninth series of Operation Transformation. 

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