Good news for RTÉ radio in listenership figures

The latest listenership figures make happy reading for RTÉ Radio 1 with all but one of its flagship shows making significant audience gains.

Yesterday’s Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) results show the biggest increases for the broadcaster’s news programmes, with Morning Ireland and News at One each increasing their listeners by 43,000 year-on-year. The former is now on 460,000 and the latter on 350,000.

Two of the presenters who were brought in to bolster the station’s younger audience in the 15-34 categories also made big gains.

Ryan Tubridy’s morning show now has 322,000 listeners, up 35,000 year-on year. Ray D’arcy’s audience increased by 34,000 to 217,000.

Joe Duffy’s Liveline continues to perform strongly with 24,000 more listeners bringing his total to 391,000 while both Sean O’Rourke (new total 326,000) and Drivetime (240,000) experienced increases of 23,000.

The only RTÉ Radio 1 high-profile presenter to see a decline in her audience was Marian Finucane whose Sunday show saw a dip of 10,000 to 325,000.

However, that was more than offset by a 27,000 increase in her Saturday show bringing that total to 393,000. Tom McGuire, head of RTÉ Radio 1, said the station’s share of the national audience had grown to 23.5%.

RTÉ said changes to its schedule meant it could not give year-on-year figures for its shows on RTÉ 2FM. The figures for two of its main shows Breakfast Republic and The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene indicate that since the last figures were released in February, their totals have dropped by 19,000 and 14,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, at Today FM, the year-on-year figures do not make happy reading. The station points out that for the majority of the schedule, the year-on-year comparison isn’t indicative of that show performance as the schedule has changed.

However, stalwart presenter Ian Dempsey has seen his total fall from 194,000 to 180,000 and another long-term show, The Last Word, is down from 153,000 to 132,000.

Similarly there are falls for a number of Newstalk’s main shows. The Breakfast show with Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue has seen its audience fall from 172,000 to 164,000 year-on-year.

Pat Kenny’s total has fallen by 16,000 to 126,000 and The Right Hook with George Hook has seen its listenership fall by 2,000 to 136,000.

96FM’s PJ Coogan has reclaimed the title of the most listened-to mid-morning local presenter in Cork with 68,000 listeners compared to 59,000 for Red FM’s Neil Prendeville.


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