The latest 12-month Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures released yesterday showed Neil Prendeville had an audience of 68,000 compared to 66,000 for PJ Coogan’s show on 96FM.
“I feel very blessed to have listeners who continue to support me in such huge numbers. At this stage, we are just like one big family and like every other family, our dynamics continue to change all the time, while our family gets bigger,” he said.
Elsewhere, yesterday’s results were especially good for RTÉ Radio 1 which had year-on-year increases for almost every one of its flagship shows.
News at One in particular had a big increase of 34,000 bringing its total to 346,000.
That show’s former presenter Sean O’Rourke was also celebrating after 33,000 more listeners brought his total to 331,000.
The news was also good for two of the station’s newest shows, presented by Ryan Tubridy and Ray D’Arcy.
Tubridy’s morning show attracted 19,000 more listeners year-on-year, bringing its total to 314,000.
Ray D’Arcy’s total listenership is now 215,000 having risen 22,000.
In terms of the other news shows on RTÉ Radio 1, Morning Ireland now has an audience of 448,000, up 22,000 year-on-year while Drivetime with Mary Wilson has seen a jump of 18,000 to 240,000.
There was mixed news for Marian Finucane. She saw a gain of 26,000 to 392,000 for her Saturday broadcast, but her Sunday show fell by 23,000 to 328,000.
The results were especially positive for Claire Byrne whose Saturday with Claire Byrne show attracted 39,000 more listeners bringing her total to 245,000.
RTÉ said changes to its schedule meant it could not give year-on-year figures for its shows on RTÉ 2FM as the schedule had changed over the course of the year.
It said the Breakfast Republic show has 181,000 listeners, Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene has an audience of 157,000.
Today FM pointed out that Ian Dempsey’s listenership figure of 187,000 made his show the most listened-to breakfast programme in the country for under-45s.
However, the news was not so good for a number of the station’s other presenters.
While Dermot and Dave’s year-on-year figure was up 5,000 to 121,000 compared to 12 months earlier, Anton Savage saw his figure decrease by 32,000 to 183,000 and the Last Word also experienced a significant decrease of 22,000 to 132,000.
Newstalk’s Breakfast show hosted by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue now has 171,000 daily listeners, up by 6,000 year on year, while its lunchtime show with Jonathan Healy has seen an increase of 2,000 to 80,000. Pat Kenny, though, saw his figure drop by 9,000 to 133,000.
One of the biggest hikes for Newstalk is for The Right Hook with George Hook which has 145,000 listeners, up 19,000 year on year.