Tuesday 19 March 2019

Late Late Show scores ratings hit for interview with Hillary Clinton

Ryan Tubridy travelled to New York to interview Hillary Clinton for this week's The Late Late Show.
Ryan Tubridy travelled to New York to interview Hillary Clinton for this week's The Late Late Show.
Image: The Late Late Show/RTE One
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Friday night's Late Late Show was the most watched programme in Ireland last week.

Ryan Tubridy's Friday night chat show bagged an impressive average audience of 527,900 viewers and a 43 per cent audience share.

Tubridy interviewed former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who spoke about being defeated by Donald Trump in last year's US Presidential Election, her worries about the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, and her book What Happened.

The interview was filmed near Secretary Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York, marking only the second time the show has left the country in thirty years.

The number of people watching the interview peaked at 561,100 and the share of the audience watching peaked at 49 per cent. 

This means that half of all the people watching TV in Ireland at the time were watching Tubridy's interview.

The Graham Norton Show on BBC One, which also aired on Friday night and featured A-list interviews with Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling as well as Margot Robbie and Reese Witherspoon, drew an Irish audience share of 5 per cent.

Aside from the interview with Clinton, comedian Dara O Briain, presenter and model Vogue Williams, and model Roz Purcell were also in the Late Late Show studio to talk about their new books.

The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched programme of last year, drawing an average audience of 1.4m viewers.

Read more: 'I just thought I’ve just let everybody down, I’ve let my country down, I’ve let the world down' - Hillary Clinton on this week's Late Late Show

WATCH: Ryan Tubridy failed spectacularly at making a recipe from Roz Purcell's new book - and it will make you cringe


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