Patrick Kielty Wraps Debut Season of The Late Late Show with Strong Ratings

Patrick Kielty's inaugural season as host of RTÉ's The Late Late Show concludes with an average 391,200 viewers and 41% audience share. The show's overall performance was impressive, with an average 414,000 viewers and 40% audience share throughout the season.

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Patrick Kielty Wraps Debut Season of The Late Late Show with Strong Ratings

Patrick Kielty Wraps Debut Season of The Late Late Show with Strong Ratings

Patrick Kielty's inaugural season as the host of RTÉ's The Late Late Show has come to a close, with the final episode averaging 391,200 viewers and a 41% audience share. Despite a 26,000 viewer drop from the previous week, the show still maintained a significant audience.

The season finale featured interviews with notable guests, including Riverdance legend Michael Flatley, Irish musician Matt Molloy, stars of the Young Offenders, and Eurovision winner Paul Harrington.

According to an RTÉ spokesperson, the show's overall performance was impressive, with an average of 414,000 viewers and a 40% audience share throughout the season (excluding the Toy Show). The show also saw significant engagement on RTÉ Player, with over 170,000 streams to date, and on social media, with video views up 183% to 140 million.

RTÉ's Group Head of Entertainment and Music, Alan Tyler, praised Kielty's debut season, stating: "This has been a fantastic debut season for Patrick Kielty on The Late Late Show, with the programme engaging audiences across linear, on demand, and social platforms right across the series."

"When I first walked out here last September, I said that it was the honour of a lifetime to do this job. After nine months of sitting in this chair, I know now it is the joy of a lifetime, and that is because everyone who works on this show and mostly because of all of you watching at home," said Kielty in his farewell address.

The Late Late Show has been a staple of Irish television since its inception in 1962. Over the years, it has featured a wide array of guests, from politicians and celebrities to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. The show has also been known for its sometimes controversial moments, such as a 1966 interview with a lesbian couple that sparked national debate.

Kielty took over as host in September 2023, following the departure of long-time presenter Ryan Tubridy. The Northern Irish comedian and presenter had previously hosted shows on the BBC and RTÉ, including the comedy chat show Patrick Kielty Almost Live.

The strong ratings for Kielty's first season bode well for the future of The Late Late Show. The show will return in September, with Kielty set to continue as host. As he said in his closing remarks, "I cannot wait to be back here again with you all in September. In the meantime, thank you, take care of each other, and goodnight."

Key Takeaways

  • Patrick Kielty's 1st season as The Late Late Show host averaged 414,000 viewers and 40% audience share.
  • The season finale drew 391,200 viewers and 41% audience share, despite a 26,000 viewer drop.
  • The show saw 170,000+ streams on RTÉ Player and 140 million video views on social media.
  • Kielty's debut season was praised by RTÉ's Group Head of Entertainment and Music, Alan Tyler.
  • The Late Late Show will return in September with Kielty as host, following a successful first season.