Monday 22 January 2018

Blind Date's opening episode proves to be a ratings winner for TV3

Al Porter.
Al Porter.

Sean O'Grady

Blind Date has proven a hit with Irish viewers as Sunday night's first episode debuted with an average of 266,000 viewers.

The TV3 series reached an audience of over 550,000 viewers across the hour and was also the most popular show for under 45s in its timeslot, with an audience share bigger than RTE1 and RTE2 combined.

Hosted by comedian Al Porter, the show had been highly anticipated by fans of the original version hosted by Cilla Black from 1985 to 2003.

With a plethora of cheesy one-liners from the show's daters, the episode quickly became the number one trending topic on Twitter during the broadcast.

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While Al Porter's skills as host were almost universally praised by viewers, they were more divided about their opinions of the contestants.

Many labelled the daters as cheesy, with one viewer saying it was "the most cringe thing I've ever witnessed".

Others were more forgiving and labelled it as their new "guilty pleasure".

“#BlindDateIRL was perfect fluff telly, cringy, funny, predictable. Did what it says on the tin," one viewer said.

Other viewers were surprised at the disparity between the contestant's locations for their dates, with one couple sent on a luxurious trip to Portugal while another had to contend with being sent on a trip to Tayto Park.

  • Blind Date will be back on TV3 on Sunday October 15 at 9pm.

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