Tuesday 13 November 2018

'Clinic' axed over slump in ratings, claims RTE

Stephen O'Farrell

RTE last night denied they had axed the popular drama 'The Clinic' for financial reasons.

A spokeswoman for the station said they cancelled the show because there had been a steady decline in viewers in recent years. They said although the number of people tuning in was high -- they had been falling.

The average number of viewers for the show has dropped by around 70,000 from when it first aired in 2002.

According to the most recent TV rating figures, 'The Clinic' was RTE One's seventh most-watched programme on the week ending November 8, with 455,000 viewers.

The 'Late Late Show' had 719,000 viewers that week.

The mood among the cast and crew was naturally downbeat yesterday.

Actress Amy Huberman was "very disappointed" about the series coming to an end. However, she was hard at work in Cork yesterday shooting a new comedy show.

"She's very disappointed about it, especially since they won Best Drama at the TV Now awards earlier this year," a source close to the 30-year-old Dubliner said.

"The show still has a lot of viewers but I suppose all good things must come to an end."

The seventh series of the RTE drama, in which Amy plays the character Daisy O'Callaghan, has just finished airing and no more episodes will be made.

Fellow star Dominic Mafham, who plays Dr Dan Woodhouse, described the news as "rather sad".

RTE drama commissioning editor Jane Gogan paid tribute to the cast and crew yesterday.

"It has featured and developed some fantastic talent both on and off screen and RTE looks forward to working with a range of cast and crew across other projects in the future," Ms Gogan said.

Amy is to marry Ireland rugby star Brian O'Driscoll in Leitrim next July.

Irish Independent

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