Tuesday 19 September 2017

New series of Operation Transformation drops 80,000 viewers

Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas
Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas
Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly

Sean O'Grady

The new series of Operation Transformation has shed 80,000 viewers compared to last season.

The weight-loss programme is a staple of RTE's line-up, but the first two episodes of the 10th series have seen figures decrease.

The average viewership across the first two episodes was 410,000, or a 27pc share of the audience.

The first two episodes of last year's series performed better, with 490,000 viewers, or 29pc of the audience.

Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly
Operation Transformation leaders Chris McElligott, Mairead Redmond, Yvonne Keenan Ross, Marie Grace and Sean Daly

Despite the decrease, the national broadcaster has said it is thrilled the show still pulls in an audience of almost half a million after so many years on air.

"We are very happy with the ratings for Operation Transformation," said a spokesperson.

"Generating audiences of more than 400,000 in the 10th series is proof of its continuing popularity. In addition, there were 14,000 viewers on RTE Player.

"The series continues to motivate people around the country. Thousands took part in 78 Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks on Saturday."

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