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Sile loses out on Winning Streak viewers

TV presenter Sile Seoige has failed to set viewers alight with her one-off stint as co-host of Winning Streak.

The Galway presenter stepped into regular host Kathryn Thomas' shoes last weekend when the Carlow star had to take the night off to film for travel programme No Frontiers.

Despite positive feedback from RTE, Sile, who joined Marty Whelan to give away cash to five lucky contestants, proved to be an unpopular substitute with fans of the show.

The Herald can reveal that Kathryn's absence due to a 10-day trip to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the travel series, saw viewing figures for the Saturday night show fall by a whopping 83,700.

A representative for the station confirmed that an average of 474,200 viewers tuned in to see Sile and Marty, in comparison to 557,900 viewers the week before when Kathryn was at the helm.

The spokesperson claimed that RTE was equally happy with both weeks, explaining that both episodes had claimed a 31pc share of the overall audience watching television at the time when the programme is aired between 8.30 and 9.30.

Meanwhile, Sile told the Herald: "I loved it, it's such a feelgood happy show. I was on a natural high when we came off air at the end."