Over 265,600 viewers tuned in to Brendan O'Connor's new 'Cutting Edge' show
After a year-long hiatus from TV, Brendan O'Connor returned to RTE last night with his new weekly show 'Cutting Edge'.
And despite pre-show nerves, the presenter's initial offering proved a hit with a reach of 574,700 viewers (tuning in for a minute or more) over the hour-long programme.
An average of 265,600 watched the show - which discussed topical issues with a panellist of comedians and news hounds - in its entirety.
For those who didn't catch O'Connor's show the first time round, a further 31,000 got up to speed by watching it on RTE One +1.
This week’s guests included comedian Pat Shortt, Newstalk’s Chris O’Donoghue and publisher Norah Casey.
"We're delighted with the reaction to Brendan's new show last night," Adrian Lynch, Channel Controller at RTÉ One said.
"The series got off to a great start attracting significantly larger numbers of audience than had been previously tuning into to that time slot".
The average audience for that time-slot so far this year has been 219,000 viewers.
Next week, 'Cutting Edge' begins a little earlier than this week's start time at 9.30pm on RTÉ One.