Thursday 29 September 2016

Nicky Byrne’s Million Euro Challenge's Saturday night slot replaced with Marty Whelan's Winning Streak

Published 24/07/2015 | 10:19

Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy
Winning Streak presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy
Marty Whelan and Sinead kennedy on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show. Pic: Mac innes photography
Winning Streak's co-hosts Sinead Kennedy and Marty Whelan

The Million Euro Challenge, presented by Nicky Byrne, will no longer air on Saturday nights as Winning Streak will be reinstated for the winter schedule.

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Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne began hosting The Million Euro Challenge in January, as it replaced long running game show Winning Streak.

However, RTE have replaced the floundering Saturday evening show, deciding to give Winning Streak a permanent run again.

It is undecided whether The Million Euro Challenge will return for 2016, as RTE confirmed it is currently reviewing its existing game show offerings.

Byrne's Millon Euro Challenge repeatedly struggled to attract viewers due to its complicated rules and audiences have recently dropped to as low as 165,000 viewers.

Winning Streak, now  hosted by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, first aired in 1990.

Nicky Byrne at the Berkeley Fundraiser at the Academy in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Nicky Byrne at the Berkeley Fundraiser at the Academy in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

The duo are currently back on screens at the moment as Winning Streak returned to the summer schedule in June after a six month hiatus.

"We always knew it would come back," Marty told Independent.ie in May. "We know the majority of things work and they don’t want to change them. We knew we were returning for the summer time, other shows like The Million Euro Challenge wouldn’t affect ours nor how we do it."

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