RTÉ has announced that Today with Maura and Dáithí will be extended by four weeks and remain on air until May 25.

This comes on the back of a hugely successful run, with an average daily audience of 101,000 - an increase of 20,000 on the previous year - and 16% share, since already gaining an extra 30 minutes to its duration from the start of this current season.

When the Beast from the East hit on Friday March 2, Today with Maura and Dáithí rose to the occasion, with an average of 248,000 viewers, and broadcasting extra shows to keep the audience up to date with news and information across the day.

Dáithí O'Sé said: "I'm delighted with how Today with Maura and Dáithí has gone this year and even happier that we're on until the end of May!

"I think you can tell how well it is going by the amount of people who stop to discuss what interested them on the show. It's great to know that viewers are enjoying the topical discussions and also the fun we have on the show."

"I am delighted that Today with Maura and Dáithí has been extended," Maura Derrane added. "Our audience is really loyal and growing all the time.

"We endeavour to showcase diverse subjects from beauty, health, food fashion and human interest stories and I feel the extension reflects the fact that we're meeting our audience’s needs."

Today with Maura and Dáithí, RTÉ One, Weekdays, 3:30pm

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