Thursday 29 September 2016

The Ray D'Arcy Show kicks off with respectable average audience of 468,500 viewers

Published 28/09/2015 | 16:17

Ray D'Arcy with Donncha O'Callaghan on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show
Ray D'Arcy with Donncha O'Callaghan on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show
Tommy Tiernan on The Ray D'Arcy Show
Ray D'Arcy on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show. Picture Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy pictured at his desk on the set of the RTE The Ray D'Arcy Show airing for the first time tonight at 9:45 on RTE One. Picture Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy
Ray D'Arcy pictured on the set of his new RT? show "The Ray D'Arcy Show." The new series starts on Saturday September 26th on RT? One at 21:45 Picture Andres Poveda
Ray D'Arcy with Donncha O'Callaghan on the first The Ray D'Arcy Show. Picture Andres Poveda

The Ray D'Arcy Show kicked off with a respectable average audience of 468,500 viewers and a 35 per cent share on Saturday night.

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In comparison, RTE's long running Friday night offering The Late Late Show had 514,600 viewers tuning in and a 40 per cent share.

D'Arcy's new chat show replaced the axed Saturday Night Show, which was hosted by Brendan O'Connor until May 30 when it wrapped following its fifth season.

On the night in March this year when O'Connor revealed the show would end he pulled an audience of 493,000 viewers and a 39 per cent share of the available audience.

The Late Late Show on the previous evening had pulled 560,000 but the audience share was identical at 39 per cent.

The Saturday Night Show also eclipsed the Late Late Show by 70,000 on one occasion that month when O'Connor drew an audience of 501,900 compared to Tubridy's 499,600, with an average audience share of 36.76 and 34.21 respectively.

However, The Late Late Show consistently pulls an audience of up to 45 per cent on Friday nights and Larry Masterson, the producer of the Saturday Night Show currently produces the Late Late.

RTE has previously stated that it "does not pitch shows against each other" as they all "work for the same brand".

However, rivalry is inevitable, particularly now that D'Arcy's show follows almost exactly the same classic chat show format at the Late Late.

D'Arcy's return to RTE television after 14 years came in the wake of his move from Today FM to RTE Radio 1 in January when he filled the 3pm weekday slot vacated by Derek Mooney.

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