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It's official Amy...Your Bad Self was a big turn-off

Despite a stellar cast, RTE sketch show Your Bad Self has failed to set viewing figures alight.

The programme's up and coming cast, including The Clinic actress Amy Huberman, made it one of the most promising shows of the year.

However, the comedy has earned an average viewership of 118,000 and a reach of 194,500 per episode, and while it is still in the top 20 shows watched on RTE Two, it is only one place ahead of the recently axed US import Ugly Betty.

In spite of the relatively low ratings, an RTE spokesperson has credited Your Bad Self for showcasing "a broad range of new talent to a television audience", and said it was "critically acclaimed".

The show was one of the most anticipated to hit the small screen this year after a successful pilot aired in December 2008. It was recommissioned for five more episodes.

Your Bad Self has pushed the envelope since it first aired and RTE received 16 complaints after the first episode last month, and has received two complaints each week since. But its brazen nature is popular with some, as six individuals have also contacted the network to praise the show.

Alongside Huberman are some of the freshest young Irish stars, including Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan), Tom Farrelly and Emily Fairman.

One of the most controversial sketches involved a supposedly South African mother holding up a T-shirt which she bought for her six-year-old daughter with the word 'Whore' emblazened across it.

cmcbride@herald.ie


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