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Monday 5 December 2016

Ray D'Arcy down 107,000 viewers as rugby fever takes hold

Television

Ray D'Arcy
Ray D'Arcy
Simon Zebo

Rugby fever gripped the nation last weekend as people were watching England get kicked out of the Rugby World Cup rather than tuning in to the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE2.

RTE's prodigal son pulled in an average of 361,700 viewers last Saturday night, a loss of 106,800 since his debut the previous weekend.

Meanwhile, TV3 experienced some of its highest-ever ratings, with an average of 685,800 viewers watching as England were beaten by Australia.

This meant that on average, 324,100 more people watched the rugby than the second instalment on D'Arcy's new show.

A spokeswoman for RTE said it is "very early days for the show".

"As expected, the popularity of the Rugby World Cup and increasingly competitive weekend schedules across all channels is impacting viewing figures," she said.

"It's very early days for the show and, as with any brand new series, it will continue to evolve and build a conn- ection with its audience."

Meanwhile, D'Arcy's Friday night rival, The Late Late Show, hosted by Ryan Tubridy saw its figures increase by 70,800 last week.

With guests including Richard Branson, Rory O'Neill and Professor Green, the show pulled in an average of 585,400 viewers.

Meanwhile, RTE's nine o'clock news is still the most-watched bulletin, with an average of 399,000 tuning in last week.

The Six One News had a slightly lower viewership with an average audience of 314,000.

On TV3, the News at 5.30 is the channel's most-watched news broadcast with an average of 101,100 tuning in.

TV3's 8pm bulletin experienced a drop, with an average of 53,200 viewers.

Meanwhile, along with the blow of Chris Donoghue leaving, UTV Ireland is struggling with its news ratings.

Last week, Ireland Live at 5.30 pulled in an average of only 18,400 viewers and Ireland Live at 10 had an audience of 40,900.

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