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Monday 22 September 2014

Ex-Westlife star Nicky trumps 2fm golden boy Ryan in ratings

By Melanie Finn and Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 01/08/2014 | 07:25

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2fm  Presenters Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne  pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Studios  in Donnybrook, Dublin.
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Former boyband member Nicky Byrne has more listeners on 2fm than RTE veteran Ryan Tubridy.

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The Late Late Show presenter took another hammering in the latest JNLR figures after losing 4,000 listeners from the last survey three months ago.

His total listenership now stands at 144,000 - some 1,000 less than ex-Westlife star Nicky Byrne, whose show with Jenny Greene took a slight dip down from 151,000 to 145,000.

And Tubridy, who's covering for Simon Mayo on BBC Radio in London this week, has dropped a massive 15,000 listeners when compared with the July 2013 ratings.

Speaking about Tubridy's continuing slide, 2fm boss Dan Healy said: "Ryan's ratings are still strong. Shows in a three-hour slot always perform stronger than those in a two-hour slot. That's why Nicky is ahead. We still have total faith in Ryan as a broadcaster.

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Healy admitted that he had "written off" this quarter as he was expecting figures to drop given the raft of changes in 2fm.

"We have revamped the station entirely. We knew there were going to be some casualties when it comes to listeners, but we're prepared to make those sacrifices.

"At the moment 2fm is running a marathon while having open heart surgery," he said. "There are a lot of challenges, but we're taking them on the chin."

Meanwhile, a delighted Pat Kenny said he felt his move from RTE was "justified" given his rising figures.

"Sure what else was left for me to do in RTE except ring the Angeles?" he said. "It was time for a new challenge."

Kenny has managed to entice a further 20,000 listeners into 'moving the dial', bringing him to 134,000.

Meanwhile, his RTE Radio 1 replacement Sean O'Rourke has dropped a further 5,000 listeners, bringing him down to 307,000 when compared with the last April's ratings.

"The whole team has been working very hard and it's great to see all the shows on Newstalk are up on the last book," Kenny said. "I always maintained that it's a two year-project with me and and I haven't set targets for myself."

Asked about his RTE rival Sean's ratings, he added: "We were always going to take some listeners from the market leader. It had a massive listenership up to the time that I stopped doing it."

Both Kenny and O'Rourke's shows are aimed at a similar demographic and Kenny said he was "not surprised there was some erosion of listeners" from RTE.

There was also good news for Ray D'Arcy who gained 5,000 listeners since last April, bringing his audience to 223,000.

Ian Dempsey is also up 7,000 and now stands at an impressive 196,000 for his early morning show.

This is some 85,000 listeners ahead of 2fm's Breakfast Republic, which is down 13,000 from the previous survey.

Anton Savage's Sunday programme has jumped by 13,000 listeners while Matt Cooper's drive-time programme The Last Word has lost 2,000 listeners.

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Evening Herald

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