Wednesday 20 September 2017

Redwater loses over 100,000 viewers between first and third episodes in Ireland

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Eastenders spin off Redwater has seen a signifcant drop in viewers in both Ireland and the UK since the first episode aired two weeks ago.

The BBC series, which airs on RTE on Sunday nights, debuted with a whopping 495,000 viewers compared to 389,200 for the third episode.

The second episode saw a less significant drop to 447,000.

In the UK, the BBC saw a drop of 2 million viewers from 4.9 million people tuning in for the debut to 2.9 million for the second episode.  The third episode airs on the BBC on Thursday.

The six part series stars Eastenders actors Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as well as a cast of top Irish names including Fionnula Flanagan, Angeline Ball, Peter Campion, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Ian McElhinney.  It is set in Dunmore, Co Waterford.

Although audience share dropped from 38 per cent to 31 per cent in Ireland from the first to the third episode, the Sunday Game returned to RTE Two on Sunday night at 9.30pm which may have impacted audience.

Also, 100,000 viewers watched the repeat of the debut episode so consolidated figures for the week will boost the overall viewing figures for Redwater on RTE.

RTE has said they are "very happy with how the show is performing".

Redwater airs on RTE One at 9.30pm on Sunday nights.

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