RTÉ has once again seen significant falls in year-on-year audience figures, with tens of thousands of listeners tuning out in comparison to 12 months ago.
In the statistics from the Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR), almost every Radio 1 week-day show saw declines. Morning Ireland’s total fell by 27,000 to 417,000, while John Murray’s mid-morning show saw a 28,000 drop to 287,000.
For Seán O’Rourke, the fall was less significant at 9,000 meaning he now has 303,000 listeners. News at One’s audience has fallen from 336,000 to 307,000 while Joe Duffy’s Liveline pulls in 367,000 listeners, 23,000 fewer than 12 months ago.
Today with Sean O'Rourke grows to 303,000 listeners, up 5,000 (b-o-b)!
Thank you for listening!— Today Sean O'Rourke (@TodaySOR) April 30, 2015
Marian Finucane’s audience of 366,000 on Saturdays and 335,000 on Sundays is 10,000 fewer on the former and 28,000 less on the latter.
At 2fm, RTÉ was unable to give year-on-year figures for a number of presenters because of changing timeslots or personnel, apart from Rick O’Shea, who saw an increase of 4,000 to 121,000 and Colm Hayes whose listenership rose by 6,000 to 110,000.
So the radio ratings came out today & they are really, really, really good so we just wanted to say thanks like - yiz are only brilliant! 👏👍— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) April 30, 2015
RTÉ pointed out its “book-on-book” figures — comparing listenerships from the last quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015 — for both stations showed gains for a number of its stars including 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy (189,000 listeners) and The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene (150,000).
Great results in today's JNLR's
All shows rising fast on @RTE2fm
Big hello to all 750,000 tuning in to me and @djjennygreene weekly 😝😂— Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne) April 30, 2015
At Today FM, Ian Dempsey who saw his listenership increase by 5,000 to 194,000.
For three of its other slots, their latest figures had to be measured against those of different presenters. Anton Savage’s 212,000 audience was 6,000 fewer than when now-RTÉ employee Ray D’Arcy occupied the slot 12 months earlier.
Louise Duffy’s afternoon audience measured 98,000 which was 1,000 more than the late Tony Fenton when he was in the slot last year.
Dermot and Dave’s early afternoon slot had 121,000 — 3,000 more than when KC hosted 12 months ago.
The news was less good for current affairs show, The Last Word with Matt Cooper which experienced a drop of 4,000 to 153,000.
At Newtalk, its breakfast show with Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue saw its listenership increase by 35,000 to 172,000 while The Right Hook with George Hook had an increase of 17,000 bringing the total listenership to 138,000.
Moncrieff with Seán Moncrieff now has 119,000 listeners daily, an increase of 8,000 year-on-year. Jonathan Healy’s Lunchtime saw an increase of 13,000 to 83,000 over the last 12 months.
The Pat Kenny Show now has 142,000 listeners daily, but the station could not provide a figure for 12 months ago as it said that would include listeners to the slot from before he started.
Prendeville narrows the gap as Coogan loses listeners
Broadcaster Neil Prendeville is poised to retake his crown as Cork’s number-one chat show host after narrowing the gap on his rival PJ Coogan to just 9,000 listeners.
JNLR figures released yesterday show that while Coogan still presents Cork’s most-listened-to radio show, The Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM, Prendeville has grown his RedFM show’s audience to 63,000 in the last six months.
Coogan, who inherited 116,000 listeners after Prendeville’s departure from the station in February 2014, has dropped to 72,000 listeners in the same period.
RedFM chief executive, Diarmuid O’Leary, said he was thrilled with the figures, not just for the mid-morning show, but across the schedule.
“This was a crucial benchmark for us and the figures have surpassed our expectations,” he said. “I am confident that we are going to be number-one within the next six to nine months.”
The JNLR figures show that since Prendeville joined RedFM in March 2014, the station’s market share has grown from 8.5% to 18.7%.
But Cork’s 96 and 103FM is still the city’s most-listened-to radio station.
Station CEO, Kieran McGeary, said the last year has seen huge change in Cork’s radio scene and the station’s results show the strength of the brand.
But he accepted that their flagship talk show is losing listeners.
“It was never going to be an easy battle but 12 months in and our talk show is still number one,” he said.
“Obviously I am cognisant of the competition but there is a wider element.
“My eye is firmly on all of our output. And all of our programmes have performed, with Oldies and Irish in the top slot with 86,000 listeners, The Opinion Line is number two, Wayne Hilton on Saturdays in number three, and Neil is fourth.”
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