Thursday 18 January 2018

RTE One rejects suggestions that The Late Late Show needs a 'revamp'

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

RTÉ One has rejected any suggestions that The Late Late show is in need of a “revamp” after TV critics claimed it needed to be refreshed.

RTÉ One channel controller Adrian Lynch denied these claims and said that it has been an “extremely successful year” for the show.

“Any suggestion that the show is in need of a revamp is ridiculous. This is a programme that continues to draw the biggest weekly audiences on Irish television and regularly provides the talking point of the weekend for people around the country,” said Lynch.

There has been a slight drop in the show’s viewership with 583,300 viewers in 2015/2016 from 599,900 viewers in 2014/2015.

However the show's overall audience share (the amount of people watching TV at that time who tuned into the show) has grown.

The 2014/2015 series had a share of 41.6pc, while its most recent series saw this share grow to 42.1pc.

Despite this drop Lynch said RTÉ is happy with the show’s performance.

“Any broadcaster would be delighted to have a show like The Late Late Show as their flagship programme, consistently delivering week on week.”

The broadcaster also stated that viewership on RTÉ Player is increasing with total streams of 1,735,700 for this season, a 9pc increase from last year.

“The popularity of The Late Late Show this season shows that people are still hungry for what the programme has to offer. The way people are watching television is changing but we are adapting and evolving to meet that challenge and The Late Late Show is a perfect example of that."

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