Thursday 21 September 2017

Ladies of Montrose get boost in their audience figures

RT? Claire Byrne Live. Presenter Claire Byrne on the set of RTE's new current affairs TV show, Monday nights at 10.35pm on RTE One starting 19th January 2015. Picture Andres Poveda
RT? Claire Byrne Live. Presenter Claire Byrne on the set of RTE's new current affairs TV show, Monday nights at 10.35pm on RTE One starting 19th January 2015. Picture Andres Poveda
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTÉ Radio 1's trio of female hosts - Claire Byrne, Marian Finucane and Miriam O'Callaghan - all saw significant increases in their audiences in the latest listenership ratings.

But so too did the man who landed himself in hot water for his comments about female "tokenism" - Ivan Yates.

Marian Finucane's mid morning Saturday show jumped 16,000 to 366,000 while her Sunday programme saw an increase of 9,000, according to the Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR).

'Sunday with Miriam' was up 3,000 while Claire Byrne's Saturday show increased by 4,000.

Meanwhile, over on Newstalk, Ivan Yates, who was criticised earlier this year for his dismissive comments regarding footballer Stephanie Roche, also saw more listeners tune in.

The audience for Yates and Chris Donoghue's breakfast show grew by 12,000 to 165,000 while broadcaster Pat Kenny dropped 1,000 to 142,000, according to the figures for the last three months, compared to the previous quarter.

The decrease did not faze Kenny, who attributed it to the "margin of error".

"For the past five JNLR counts we have increased so I'm not entirely surprised to hear things have levelled out a bit," Kenny said. "But we will keep evolving and freshening the show up to ensure people keep tuning in."

Sean Moncrieff increased by 5,000 to 119,000 while George Hook increased by 13,000.

It was good news for 2FM's golden boy, Ryan Tubridy, who was "pleasantly relieved" to hear his figures had climbed a further 6,000 to 177,000 having jumped 27,000 in the previous JNLR count.

"Obviously I am happy with the ratings," he said. "It was a barren couple of years prior to this so it is a pleasant relief.

"When you see the numbers going up you realise that you're better off fixing it and making it better than just leaving it at the first sight of trouble."

He credited his production team and 2FM boss Dan Healy for his success. "Through dogged persistence 2FM is finally getting somewhere," Tubridy said.

Today FM's Ian Dempsey fell 9,000 to 187,000 while Tony Fenton increased to 96,000. 'Savage on Sunday' increased by 8,000 which, according to a Today FM spokesperson, "bodes very well for Anton's new morning slot".

Today FM's comedic duo Dermot and Dave dropped 4,000 to 116,000 but Matt Cooper's'Last Word' increased by 1,000.

RTE Radio 1's Sean O'Rourke increased his listenership by 3,000 to 298,000. But it wasn't all good news for the station, with midweek ratings on several flagship shows including 'Drivetime' and 'News at One', continuing to slide.

Irish Independent

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