Late slot costs Claire in TV wars
As the referendum campaign reached a crescendo, so too did the TV wars with RTÉ broadcasting live in-studio debates on both Monday and Tuesday nights.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Senior Counsel Patrick Treacy went head-to-head on 'Claire Byrne Live' on Monday night. The show enjoyed a 26pc audience share and average ratings of 254,000.
However, the show's later, 10.35pm start time may have played a role in that audience share being eclipsed on Tuesday night by the 'Prime Time' debate which featured Labour Minister Alex White and Senator Ronan Mullen, among others.
The show had a peak of 625,000, with another 22,000 watching it on RTÉ One Plus One an hour later.