Listeners tuning out from RTÉ’s main radio shows

The latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures show RTÉ Radio 1 has suffered a significant loss with a number of its main shows losing 20,000 or more listeners over the last 12 months.

Listeners tuning out from RTÉ’s main radio shows

The biggest fall has been experienced by one of its flagship news programmes, News at One. This time last year, it had a listenership of 349,000. That has now fallen to 312,000.

The next biggest declines were for the Sean O’Rourke and John Murray shows, which each experienced drops of 29,000. There are now 298,000 people tuning into Sean O’Rourke and 295,000 to John Murray

Morning Ireland still attracts 426,000 listeners each day, but that is 23,000 less than 12 months ago.

Both Joe Duffy’s Liveline programme and Ronan Collins have seen drops of 21,000 — to 378,000 in the case of the former and 209,000 in the case of the latter.

Joe Duffy

RTÉ Radio 1 pointed out that it continues to be the only station in the country with a weekly reach of over 1m listeners.

It said despite a number of top shows seeing a decline in numbers, they are still the most listened to in their time slot.

RTÉ said it was unable to give year-on-year audience comparisons for a number of its top shows because their time slots have changed slightly, though it was able to say Ryan Tubridy’s morning show had 177,000 listeners, according to the latest survey. His show at this time last year, which was a slightly different time, had 152,000.

Ryan Tubridy

At Today FM, changing personnel meant their year-on-year figures were not fully comparable.

For example, the Dermot and Dave show had only just taken over from the KC show in the same time slot a couple of weeks before the figures were completed. There was a fall in listenership from 126,000 to 116,000.

Ray D’Arcy, who only began his new RTÉ Radio 1 show this week, was at the helm of his Today FM show for the duration of the 12- month period examined for the JNLRs. That showed his listenership fell from 230,000 12 months earlier to 215,000 at the last count.

Ray D'Arcy, who has started at RTÉ Radio 1

Two Today FM shows which have not changed anchors over the 12-month period are Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast Show and Matt Cooper’s Last Word programme. Ian Dempsey saw his audience fall from 189,000 to 187,000, while Matt Cooper’s dropped from 160,000 to 154,000.

There was better news for a number of the presenters in Newstalk. For example Breakfast, hosted by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue, has 165,000 listeners daily — an increase of 39,000 year-on-year. Seán Moncrieff’s show saw an increase of 7,000 to 119,000, while Lunchtime, presented by Jonathan Healy, has 78,000 listeners daily, an increase of 13,000.

In Cork, the battle of the morning shows continues. Red FM has seen its listenership in the time slot grow from 17,000 before Neil Prendeville joined the station, to 44,000 with him presenting.

Neil Prendeville

96FM still has more listeners in the slot, though its audience has gone from 116,000 when Mr Prendeville was presenting the show, to 81,000 with PJ Coogan in the hot seat.

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