Monday 25 September 2017

RTE staff asked to fill seats on new Nicky Byrne lottery show

Presenter Nicky Byrne
Presenter Nicky Byrne

Jennifer McShane

NICKY Byrne’s new lottery show has had more problems this week, after it emerged that there were not enough people in the studio audience to fill seats during one of the live tapings of the programme.

RTE staff were sent an email last week requesting people to sit in as audience members on ‘The Million Euro Challenge,’ in an attempt to make sure the vacant seats were full.

A spokesperson for RTE told independent.ie that the reason for the empty seats was a contestant had to travel long-distance, and was unable to bring family or friends to fill the seats. 

"Million Euro Challenge is filmed mid-week in front of a live studio audience. This week, a contestant travelled a long distance to participate in the show and was unable to fill their seat allocation, there were a few seats available in the audience,” a spokesperson for RTE said.

“These were supplemented to support the contestants and also to enhance the live studio atmosphere," the source added.

The show hasn't got off to a great start as it has failed to become a hit with viewers, and was met with complaints following its first broadcast. Audience figures dropped by over 150,000 for the second week of the show.

The first episode of 'The Million Euro Challenge' show saw an average of 487,000 viewers watch the full programme, but the second episode saw a much lower average of 294,000 watch the full show, according to RTE.

Viewing figures dropped again for the third episode, as just over 289,000 tuned in; a drop of almost 5,000.  RTE added that the average reach for the third programme was an par with the second episode, which was “very positive,” according to the broadcaster, adding that around 702,000 tuned in at some point during the show.  

They said last week that it made sense that the viewing figures were higher for the week one episode, as there was “a huge push in terms of promotion. “The show was hugely promoted in the run up to its first broadcast, so it wouldn’t be unusual for figures to drop for the next episode,” the source continued.

The Million Euro Challenge show replaced the popular Winning Streak on RTE. A reported 80 viewers complained to the broadcaster after the first episode aired.

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