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Nicky Byrne's game show axed as Marty Whelan returns

The Million Euro Challenge struggled to attract viewers.
Jul 24th 2015, 9:13 AM 25,547 78

RTÉ HAS AXED the Million Euro Challenge, the National Lottery game show hosted by Nicky Byrne.

The state broadcaster has announced that Winning Streak will extend its current run into the autumn in place of the Million Euro Challenge.

The former Westlife star began hosting the programme, which itself replaced Winning Streak, in January.

However, it struggled to attract viewers and people complained about the show’s complicated premise. Audiences fell as low as 165,000 in its prime-time Saturday evening television slot.

Winning Streak, which is hosted by Marty Whelan and Sinéad Kennedy, returned to our screens in June. It first aired in 1990.

The show regularly pulls in over 300,000 viewers.

A spokesperson told us: “We can confirm that Winning Streak will be returning in the autumn. The series will run until early in the new year and discussions are ongoing with the National Lottery about plans for lottery games shows for 2016″.

Former Westlife star Byrne also has a radio slot with RTÉ.

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