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Viewers rate Kenny over Bowman

Pat Kenny is beating his predecessor in viewing figures for his new current affairs show.

The presenter, who now hosts The Frontline on RTE 1, has reached a higher average audience share than John Bowman did for Questions and Answers.

The average audience for the last season of John Bowman's current affairs programme was more than 300,000 and 30.4pc of those watching television at the time tuned in to the show.

However, Pat Kenny's The Frontline attracted an initial audience of 464,000 and a 43.4pc share.

The second show gleaned 401,000 viewers and had an overall reach of 653,000 people.

And an RTE spokeswoman said that the station was pleased with the results so far.


"This is slightly down on the first week's figures which is understandable as many people would have tuned in that evening to see the new series and Pat in his new role," she said. "However, it still a considerable audience for that time in the schedule."

Pat (61), who stepped down as presenter of the Late Late in June after a 10-year stint, said that the new hour-long show would focus on interaction with the audience as well as bringing in a strong online element.

The show's editor, David Nally said that they had aimed to keep the show flexible and less predictable.

"For Pat Kenny, The Frontline represents a return to his first love, current affairs, after the many years where current affairs had lost him to chat shows," he said.

"For the rest of the team the challenge is to live up to the reputation that Questions and Answers built up in this slot over the last 25 years, while offering people a real sense that The Frontline is new and different."

So far the show has received positive feedback on its website and on the show's Twitter site, Facebook and blog.