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Thursday 17 August 2017

Tubridy on the up as Late Late tops ratings

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy
Brendan O'Connor hosts The Satuday Night Show on RTE

Everyone may have been talking about the Saturday Night Show being axed but Tubs was still on top as The Late Late Show won out in the ratings war last weekend.

On Friday night 560,000 people tuned it to see Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills, Ibrahim Halawa's sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa and tennis pro Andy Murray's mother Judy all join Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show couch.

The following night, Brendan O'Connor announced that the Saturday Night Show would finish at the end of this season. The announcement drew an audience of 493,000 viewers - 67,000 less than Tubs.

On one of the final shows of the fifth season, Brendan spoke to Christina Noble and her sisters, Philomena and Kathleen, who reunited after being separated as children 53 years ago. He also chatted with Irish poet Paul Durcan and Trinity student Lynn Ruane, who was recently elected president of their student's union.

 

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Brendan O'Connor hosts The Satuday Night Show on RTE

 

Ray D'Arcy will be taking over Brendan's prime-time Saturday night slot from the autumn. It was rumoured that top producer Larry Masterson would move back to The Late Late Show as a result but a spokeswoman for RTE said nothing had been confirmed just yet.

"RTE has confirmed that changes to The Late Late Show production team in the coming months are as a direct result of maternity leave," she told the Herald.

"Current Executive Producer of The Late Late Show, Kathy Fox will go on maternity leave at the end of the current series and will be replaced during her absence.

"Details of who will replace Kathy during her maternity leave have not yet been confirmed and will be announced in the coming weeks," she added.

emccahill@herald.ie

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