Saturday 21 July 2018

Friday's Late Late Show with Conor McGregor and Ibrahim Halawa drew bigger audience than Hillary Clinton

Credit: RTE
Credit: RTE
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Friday night's Late Late Show proved to be a ratings hit for RTE One.

The episode, which featured interviews with Ibrahim Halawa and Conor McGregor as well as Imelda May, Kieran Fallon and Nigella Lawson, was the highest rating episode of the season, which starts in September.

It reached an average audience of 573,000 and had a whopping 48 per cent share (almost half of all people watching TV in Ireland at the time).

The show, which featured the first televised interview with Halawa following his release from prison in Egypt and MMA star McGregor (who apologised for the use of a homophobic slur), beat the ratings for the much-publicised interview exclusive with Hillary Clinton last month.

Credit: RTE
Credit: RTE

Clinton's face-off with Ryan Tubridy, which saw the host fly to New York to pre-record the segment, still drew an impressive audience of 527,900 and a 43 per cent audience share.

Friday's show was just 5,000 viewers short of the audience drawn by the Late Late Show Country Special in April which saw an average 677,400 viewers.

Conor McGregor will appear on tonight's Late Late Show
Conor McGregor will appear on tonight's Late Late Show

However, it did beat February's Valentine's Special by 5,000 viewers.

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