JNLR figures prove Jennifer Zamparelli a hit and Marian Finucane a miss

RTÉ Radio One stands as Ireland’s most listened to station with a weekly reach of over one million people.

JNLR figures prove Jennifer Zamparelli a hit and Marian Finucane a miss

RTÉ Radio One stands as Ireland’s most listened to station with a weekly reach of over one million people, according to the latest figure in the JNLR report, published today.

Earlier this year, 2FM took on a major schedule shakeup, and figures for those can be seen but because of new time slots, no direct comparisons are available.


  • 2FM Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan – 135,000 listeners
  • Jennifer Zamparelli – 156,000
  • Tracy Clifford – 147,000
  • Jenny Greene 2FM – 139,000
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    "It's remarkable because you would expect a new breakfast show to lose audience on the previous book,” says Dan Healy, Head of 2FM.

    No matter how good a new show is, the people who love the old show tend to move on. This is my fifth breakfast show and they normally go back so it's a big relief

    Speaking about Zamparelli's show in particular, he added, "We thought it would take her 12-16 weeks to get her mojo and that's now starting to happen."

    "People know and love her as someone who's funny, there's an edge to her humour sometimes, but at the same time she's also exploring stories in her own way - you can feel her empathy."

    It was RTÉ’s Marian Finucane who suffered the biggest loss in listenership with her Saturday slot down from 374,000 to 343,000 and Sunday edition down from 311,000 to 290,000.

    Both the Ryan Tubridy Show and Morning Ireland saw significant increases, but Tubs raised the bar with 2,000 listeners gained over the summer, this works out at an impressive 21,000 year on year to reach 334,000.

    RTÉ Radio One

    • Morning Ireland – 429,000 listeners (up 5,000)
    • The Ryan Tubridy Show – 334,000 (up 2,000)
    • Today with Sean O’Rourke – 315,000 (down 4,000)
    • News at One – 320,000 (down 9,000)
    • Liveline – 363,000 (down 9,000)
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      Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 has said: “We are pleased that RTÉ Radio One remains the nation’s most-listened-to radio station.

      And we are pleased with the positive audience response to the terrific variety of news, current affairs, music and entertainment, sport, arts and culture that RTÉ Radio 1 offers

      Over at Today FM, Dermot and Dave on Today FM have added just 1,000 to reach 164,000 - holding steady with no change year on year.

      It's a 2,000 drop for Ian Dempsey in the mornings, but great news year on year as he has increased his listenership by 15,000 overall to 177,000.

      Figures also show that it’s still early days for Mairead Ronan, who replaced Muireann O'Connell in July of this year. The time slot fell from 96,000 to 89,000.

      Today FM

      • Ian Dempsey - 177,000 (down 2,000)
      • Dermot and Dave - 164,000 (up 1,000)
      • Fergal D'Arcy - 103,000 (down 6,000)
      • Last Word - 148,000 (down 3,000)
      • Mairead Ronan - 89,000
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        Newstalk Breakfast gained 2,000 listeners in the past three months and is up 4,000 since last year, with an audience of 125,000.

        Ivan Yates' is down just 1,000 listeners book on book but 11,000 year on year for an audience of 142,000 for his 9am -12pm slot.

        Ivan Yates
        Ivan Yates

        Dr Ciara Kelly is also losing listeners, down 7,000 to reach 92,000. She is also down 9,000 since last year while Sean Moncrieff reaches an audience of 90,000, down 6,000 over the summer but just 1,000 since this time last year.

        Off The Ball has 55,000 listeners, up 3,000 year on year.


        • Newstalk Breakfast – 125,000 listeners (up 2,000)
        • The Pat Kenny Show – 142,000 (no change)
        • Lunchtime Live with Ciara Kelly – 92,000 (down 7,000)
        • Moncrieff – 90,000 (down 6,000)
        • The Hard Shoulder with Ivan Yates – 182,000 (down 1,000)
        • Off the Ball – 55,000 (up 4,000)
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          Speaking about the figures, Managing Editor of Newstalk, Patricia Monahan, said, “Newstalk has had a strong year delivering informative, engaging and entertaining radio.

          "We are delighted to retain our position as the second most listened to station in Ireland and to see our drivetime shows, Newstalk Breakfast and The Hard Shoulder, become increasingly popular."

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