Norris saga lifts flagging Tubridy ratings
'LATE Late' host Ryan Tubridy could allow himself a small pat on the back yesterday after gaining 177,000 viewers last Friday.
For the third week running, the flagship RTE programme was the most watched programme on Irish TV as it drew an average of 744,000 viewers, giving Tubs his highest numbers so far this season.
It was a big increase on the 577,000 average of 'The Late Late Show' on the previous Friday but Tubridy wasn't getting carried away.
"There's the temptation for a wry smile but the ratings of 'The Late Late Show' have always been an up-and-down business, and will continue to be."
The centre-piece of last Friday's show was an appearance by Senator David Norris to announce he was re-entering the race for the presidency.
Commentators suggested Tubridy had "fluffed" the interview and subjected Mr Norris "to a cack-handed and maladroit inquisition".
However, the host (37) rejected the criticism and said the print attacks were fuelled by media jealousy.
"'The Late Late Show' landed an exclusive -- not me personally, but my team. Not everyone would have been happy about that. I don't read the critics but all the people I've spoken to had a very favourable response to the interview with Senator Norris."
This was backed up by the senator himself, who said Tubridy "did a completely professional job".
But there was more controversy after 'Prime Time' presenter Miriam O'Callaghan's Twitter account was hacked to describe the edition as "utter rubbish".
"Miriam has always been very supportive of both myself and 'The Late Late Show," Tubridy said. "It's things like this which remind me why getting off Twitter was one of the best decisions I made in 2011."