Monday 26 September 2016

Mary Wilson strengthens lead in evening radio air wars - but 2fm shows in slump

Published 04/02/2016 | 02:30

Mary Wilson has strengthened her lead in the evening radio battles.

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The RTÉ Radio One 'Drivetime' presenter saw her listenership rise to 240,000 in the latest round of figures.

RTÉ pointed out Ms Wilson's show "remains the leading national evening programme".

Her competitors, Matt Cooper's 'Last Word' on Today FM is down 3,000 to 132,000, and George Hook's 'Right Hook' on Newstalk is also down 3,000 to 145,000 listeners.

Nearly all RTÉ Radio One programmes revealed jumps in listenership.

However, it's not all good news in Montrose as the majority of 2fm's shows reported a drop in listenership.

Eurovision hopeful Nicky Byrne saw a drop of 6,000 and the listenership stands at 157,000 for the show he co-presents with Jenny Greene.

'Breakfast Republic', hosted by Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh, suffered a huge drop of 15,000 and now stands at 181,000.

Also down 2,000 listeners is Eoghan McDermott whose share is 117,000. The exception at the station was cancer survivor Louise McSharry, who was up 3,000 since October.

RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke said it's a source of some "satisfaction" that he's now pulling in higher ratings than his predecessor Pat Kenny.

Mr O'Rourke's two-hour morning show is up 3,000 listeners to 331,000 since the last JNLR figures were released.

Pat Kenny's Newstalk programme suffered a slight drop of 1,000 listeners when compared with last October's figures and now stands at 133,000.

He told the Irish Independent he was unconcerned by the drop as it was "within the margin of error".

"We have been rock solid and what we have seen is that when people tune in, they don't leave us so it's just about getting more people to move the dial as it can be a very crowded place," he said.

Mr Kenny also said he was not concerned by the fact that Mr O'Rourke's figures on his old programme had eclipsed his.

"The basis was there when I left and we were up and down within the margin of error all of the time," he said.

Elsewhere, Ray D'Arcy is heaving a sigh of relief with his performance in the latest round of figures. He may be getting a mixed reaction to his TV show but he has pulled in 16,000 more listeners for his radio show, at 215,000.

Ryan Tubridy is up 7,000 to claim 314,000 listeners, while Joe Duffy's 'Liveline' jumped 16,000 and now stands at 387,000 listeners.

Flagship programme 'Morning Ireland' is up 9,000 when compared with the last survey three months ago.

Today FM's Ian Dempsey said he was "delighted" after gaining 7,000 listeners, bringing his current tally to 187,000.

"I think listeners tune into the 'Breakfast Show' for its positivity," he said. "The whole country seems to be returning to a positive mood and I hope our show reflects that mood."

However, having just marked his one-year anniversary on air, Anton Savage's show marked a drop of 8,000 and is now at 183,000.

The news was also mixed for Newstalk.

Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue's show, 'Newstalk Breakfast', has 171,000 which is down 7,000 from the last survey.

Yet Sean Moncrieff has maintained his listenership and remains steady at 121,000.

Irish Independent

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