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No Glow RTE's new make-up show fronted by Maura Higgins suffers further drop in viewers

The other show which has been disappointing in ratings for RTÉ is The Rotunda

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TWO much-hyped RTÉ shows have been struggling to keep hold of viewers, according to recent figures, with a further drop in those watching the new make-up show fronted by Maura Higgins. 

Last week's episode saw just 42,900 people tune in to the former Love Island star's series Glow Up Ireland. This follows 76,700 for the first, 65,000 for the second week and 57,500 for week three.

The Longford star (30) is getting a fee of close to €30,000 for the show, which sees ten of Ireland's best make-up artists as they are tasked with creating make-up transformations. One of the 10 will be crowned Ireland's Next Make-Up Star and will win an opportunity to further their professional career.

She also reprised her famous 'fanny flutters' phrase this week, which endeared her to viewers on Love Island.

The other show which has been disappointing in ratings for RTÉ is The Rotunda, which received criticism after camera crews were allowed into the hospital to film scenes despite partners of women having babies being subject to strict restrictions at the time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The series, based on the happenings at the Dublin maternity hospital, pulled in 86,300 for its first week. But the next two episodes saw major drop in figures, with just 39,800 tuning into part two and 34,000 for the third instalment.

They are not the only high profile TV shows to suffer a fall in viewing figures.

Hosted by Vogue Williams, the game show sees a host of aspiring stars hoping that their talent is impressive enough to bag the top prize of €50,000 and woo the judging line-up.

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The judges include big names such as Boy George, Jedward, former JLS popstar Aston Merrygold, rising musician Lyra, and Deirdre O'Kane.

The six-part series was billed to be the next Saturday night talent extravaganza - replacing hit franchises like The X Factor and Ireland's Got Talent.

However, viewership figures for the show so far have been much smaller than expected.

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The first episode on September 4 brought in just 177,900 live TV viewers and the figures have decreased each week since. Total viewership across all platforms including the Virgin Media player and 'on demand' viewers for the first show reached 244,700.

Last Saturday's episode only managed to keep 95,000 viewers, however, total viewing across all platforms now stands at 139,100.

"The way people watch programmes like Glow Up and 'The Rotunda' have changed," RTÉ said in a statement.

"Last week's third episode had an average of 57,700 viewers - Live + Vosdal. The viewing figures increased as the episode progressed and had a reach of 134,600. The show did well among women aged 15-34 and had a 20% share in the category.

"Glow Up Ireland has been doing really well on RTÉ Player - with over 60K streams for eps 1-3 to date, making the top 15 most popular shows on RTÉ Player since launch."

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