The Ray D'Arcy Show pulls half the viewers of The Late Late Show country special
The Late Late Show trounced the Ray D'Arcy Show in the ratings this weekend, drawing twice as many viewers on Friday night.
The Late Late's country special, featuring Daniel O'Donnell, Big Tom, and Nathan Carter, was the highest rated Late Late of the year so far, pulling a whopping 707,000 average.
Ratings were undoubtedly bolstered by interviews with Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan and Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt who popped in to studio just one week after Ireland's exit from the Rugby World Cup.
Ray's fourth show on Saturday, by contrast, had an average of 356,000 viewers and a 29% audience share.
The ratings are similar to those of The Saturday Night Show (which it replaced) on the same weekend last year - Brendan O'Connor's chat show drew an average of 386,600 viewers and a 31% share.
However, it's a drop from his debut which hit 468,500 viewers and even falls short of even his second show, which plunged by more than 100,000 to 361,700 due to the fact it went up against the gripping Rugby World Cup match between England and Australia on TV3.
D'Arcy blamed the match for the loss of viewers from his debut and told the Herald, "I suppose the schedules should have looked at that and maybe held off having us on until after the game was over."
The match commanded a 685,000 average and peaked at 802,300 viewers.
While D'Arcy's show has yet to come close to the Late Late in terms of ratings, it has another 28 shows to find its groove.
Both shows also face different challenges on Friday and Saturday nights as the British chat show scene thrusts Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4) and The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) up against the Late Late Show on Fridays and The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV) against Ray D'Arcy on Saturdays.