Newstalk's Ivan Yates has pipped Pat Kenny at the post in the latest Joint National Readership Figures (JNLRs) but the state broadcaster has still managed to come out on top.
Over two million radio listeners continue to make RTÉ stations their station of choice.
The latest JNLRs show that 53% of the adult population (15+) tune into RTÉ stations every week.
RTÉ Radio 1 is the only station with a weekly reach of over 1 million at 1,390,000 and RTÉ 2FM has a weekly reach figure of 850,000.
On the latest JNLR figures for RTÉ radio, Jim Jennings, Director of Content, has said:
Gains for Liveline, and The Ray D’Arcy Show
2FM came out on top as number 1 national station for 15-34s
Elsewhere, Ivan Yates pips Pat Kenny at the post on Newstalk radio, making him their most popular presenter.
This time around, the station has reached its highest ever market share of 6.7% nationally and 11.1% in Dublin.
Yates' The Hard Shoulder came up 8,000 listeners and now stands at 153,000.
Although beaten by Yates, Pat Kenny has reached a new high of 152,000 listeners, up 4,000 since the last survey.
The latest results from the JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report shows that more than 3.1 million listeners (15+) tune into radio every weekday – that is daily radio listening at 82% of all adults.
A total of 16,900 people were interviewed during the survey period by Ipsos MRBI, on behalf of JNLR - Joint National Listenership Research - that is commissioned by all national, regional and local stations, BAI, AAI, and IAPI.
82% of Irish adults listen to the radio on an average day. More than half, 57% tune into their local or regional station and 45% listen to a national station.
Among the younger, 15 to 34-year market, 77% listen daily. Irish radio audiences continue to listen to a significant amount of radio everyday – tuning in, on average, for almost 4 hours per day during the prime 7am to 7pm time.
National Radio currently has 45.2% share of all minutes while Local/Regional Radio holds the majority share position with 54.8% in this reporting period.
National Radio holds the majority share position in Dublin (55.3%) and the greater Dublin Commuter belt (55.1%) while Local/regional radio is in the majority in the other regions throughout the country, in particular, achieving its highest share position in Cork (67.6%) and the South and North West Regions (58.5%).
Local radio continues to perform strongly in the local radio markets across the country – in many areas reaching more than 40% of the local adult population daily.