Sunday 23 October 2016

Late Late Show enjoys highest audience of the year for country special with Daniel O'Donnell, Big Tom, and Nathan Carter

Published 27/10/2015 | 15:56

Nathan Carter and Philomena Begley on The Late Late Show
Nathan Carter and Philomena Begley on The Late Late Show
Ryan Tubridy and Daniel O'Donnell
Big Tom and Ryan Tubridy

This weekend's Late Late Show on Friday night enjoyed its highest audience of the year so far.

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An average of 707,400 people tuned in for the Country Special which saw interviews with Daniel O'Donnell, Nathan Carter and Big Tom.

Host Ryan Tubridy was also joined in studio by Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt for his first in-depth interview since Ireland's disappointing exit from the Rugby World Cup last week.

Also, Saoirse Ronan appeared to talk about her latest film, Brooklyn.

Over half of all Irish viewers (52%) watching TV on Friday night tuned in to the Late Late in its entirety and the total audience reached over the course of the show was a whopping 1.3m.

“We knew that country is huge when we decided to have this special, so it’s no surprise to us that so many people tuned in on Friday night," said Ryan Tubridy.

Late Late Show country special
Late Late Show country special

"It was truly one of the most enjoyable Late Late Show’s I’ve ever presented and the reaction to Big Tom’s appearance, and that very special performance of Four Country Roads, was something to remember."

The RTÉ Player has seen almost 30,000 streams of the programme since Friday, making it the strongest episode of the show since its return in September.

There were 6,300 live streams on Friday night alone, the highest volume of live streams per episode this series.

RTE is capitalising on the popularity of country with a new series called Stetsons and Stilettos which kicks off on Sunday (RTE One at 7.30pm).

The series explores the world of Irish country and its fans, goes on the road with Nathan Carter and attends Crystal Swing's Dervla Burke's country themed wedding.

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