RTE viewers said a certain part of The Late Late Show “doesn’t work” and becomes “boring”.
This is the third week with Patrick Kielty at the helm of the popular late night chat show.
He replaced Ryan Tubridy, and when he took over, he shook up the show.
The entire set has been changed and he now has several guests with him to chat at the same time.
Nina Carberry, Joe Wicks and Carl Frampton were the first guests on the show this evening.
Carl and Nina were on the show to talk about the new books they are releasing.
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Meanwhile, Joe was there to talk about his trip to Ireland.
They were all at the same time talking, interacting and having fun.
However, viewers said they weren’t a fan of it and took to X to share their thoughts on the format.
Cat commented: “Buy 2 get 1 guest free at #latelateshow is getting boring. Every guest deserves their own time with their own story!”
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One follower said: “Why does #latelate insist on interviewing three guests at once? Was terrible the first week and not good tonight.”
Eddie wrote: “I’m not sure the tactic of having multiple guests on the couch works as smoothly as it did at Graham Nortons. I think one guest at a time would be better. #LateLate.”
Niall added: “This Part 1 format needs work – it’s really tedious!!! And there’s just no chemistry between these three.”
While Gerry also commented: “I’m not sure the rapid fire section works for three guests. I don’t have enough time to really go into detail.”
Patrick was recently reeling this evening after viewership for his second show fell by a third.
Its highly anticipated debut was a huge success: an average of 830,000 people tuned in – 62 percent of all television viewers.
And Kielty’s first episode was seen by 934,000 viewers at its peak.
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However, those numbers dropped sharply, as an average of 548,000 people watched the second episode – a huge 34 percent drop.
And only 51 percent of Friday night’s television audience tuned in.
But an industry representative told The Irish Sun: “It’s still very strong. “It would obviously slow down a bit.”
Insiders at RTE insisted they had expected Kielty’s second Late Late episode to be downgraded.
A Montrose source told us: “We always knew the second show brought down viewership because it had nothing to do with the opening week hype.”
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“After a few weeks, The Late Late Show will reach a stable average viewership. What’s encouraging is that Patrick Kielty is attracting a younger audience to The Late Late Show, which is exactly what RTE wanted.”
The first show, The 2 Johnnies, featured Mary McAleese, James McClean, Tommy TiernanHector O’hEochagain and Laurita Blewitt joined Kielty.