Friday 16 November 2018

RTE's Late Late Show London special most-watched episode of 2018

TALK THE TALK: Graham Norton with Ryan Tubridy in London. Photo: Andres Poveda
TALK THE TALK: Graham Norton with Ryan Tubridy in London. Photo: Andres Poveda

Sean O'Grady

The Late Late Show’s London special is the most-watched episode of the chat show in 2018.

More than half the people watching television in Ireland on Friday night tuned in to see the live broadcast.

The show, the first in 36 years to be broadcast from London, was watched by an average audience of 610,000 people and 52pc of the audience watching on Friday night.

The audience peaked at 695,000 viewers while 1.15 million people tuned in at some point during the show’s broadcast.

Ryan Tubridy outside No 10, Downing Street
Ryan Tubridy outside No 10, Downing Street

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “Bringing The Late Late Show to London was a huge undertaking but we felt it was important that, in these times of Brexit, we should acknowledge and celebrate the ties between these two islands. 

“I feel that we did that on Friday night, contributing in our own way toward the ongoing discussion on Brexit with a lively debate and hearing the stories of the people, both well-known and not so well-known, who have made a life for themselves in Britain.

Graham Norton on The Late Late Show
Graham Norton on The Late Late Show

“I am delighted that people responded in such huge numbers”.

The broadcast, which came live from Central Hall, Westminster, featured interviews with Graham Norton, Brendan O’Carroll, Angela Scanlon, Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Laura Whitmore, Mick McCarthy, Barry McGuigan and a Brexit debate with Nigel Farage, Alastair Campbell, Baroness Dee Doocey and Liam Halligan.

Ryan Tubridy in London. PIC: Ryan Tubridy/Instagram
Ryan Tubridy in London. PIC: Ryan Tubridy/Instagram

It comes after more than 500 people were said to have queued at the Centrall Hall in Westminster for the show, only to be turned away as the event was oversubscribed.

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'I said I was hungry enough to eat my foot so I'm going to eat my foot' - Graham Norton on Brexit won the Late Late London special 

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