Tuesday 21 November 2017

Red Rock's murder shocker pulls only 153,000 viewers

Red rock
Red rock
Pandora McCormick
Superintendent James McKay is stabbed outside the Garda station - In Picture: Claire Hennessy played by Pandora McCormick.
Pandora McCormick

Elaine McCahill

There was disappointment for TV3 this week after Red Rock's dramatic episode that saw Superintendent James McKay stabbed to death was watched by just 153,000 viewers.

The popular soap draws an average of 192,000 viewers per episode and the soap has been watched 2.8 million times in the last year. But despite the fall off in viewings for the high-profile episode, the producers have promised more drama.

Supt McKay's grieving widow Claire Hennessy is facing more misery in 2016.

Pandora McCormick, who plays Claire, said she's surprised her character is "still standing".

"She's been battling with her mother Patricia, her brother Michael has gone to jail, then she gets pregnant and then she loses the love of her life," she said.

"It's really been pretty rough - I'm surprised she's still standing. The arrival of their baby might shake her out of it and give her a reason to head back towards her old self."

McCormick said it was tough filming her co-star Richard Flood's final scenes.

"I knew from day one I would have to do a death scene and I was terrified," she said.


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