Friday 21 October 2016

RTE 2fm celebrating listenership growth across all shows in latest JNLR ratings

Published 30/04/2015 | 18:43

2fm Republic of Breakfast Presenters Bernard O Shea ,Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Radio Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin.
Pictures : Brian McEvoy
2fm Republic of Breakfast Presenters Bernard O Shea ,Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Radio Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Pictures : Brian McEvoy

Talent at RTE 2fm are celebrating today following a steady increase in listenership across all shows in the last quarter.

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The latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) ratings have revealed a jump of 12,000 for The Ryan Tubridy Show, bringing his daily listenership to 189,000.

This indicates a steady climb for Tubs as the increase follows a jump of 6,000 on the previous quarter and a whopping 27,000 before that.

It’s also great news for The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Green, and Rick O’Shea in the Afternoon, who have both increased by 10,000 to 150,000 and 121,000 listeners respectively.

Breakfast Republic, meanwhile, hosted by Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh, has increased to 109,000 - that’s a tidy 9,000 more than January.

This closes the gap in national market share between 2fm and leaders Today FM.

Sticking with the mornings, it’s good news for Ian Dempsey at Today FM with an increase of 7,000 listeners, clawing his way back from a 9,000 drop in the last book.

Anton Savage’s new mid-morning show, in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot, was only included for 2 months of the 12 month survey and no immediate figures are available.  It's early days but the slot lost only 3,000 listeners to 212,000.

Also at Today FM, the Dermot & Dave Show has 121,00 listeners daily, up 5,000 with the Early Breakfast slot with Teresanne O’Reilly also gaining 5,000, up to 21,000.

RTE Radio 1 also saw increases, apart from Morning Ireland, which dropped 9,000 to 417,000 although it remains the number one radio programme in the country every week day.

Some of those listeners may have turned the dial to Newstalk rivals Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue on Breakfast in the mornings – they’ve increased 7,000 to 172,000.

Also, RTE’s Drivetime remains the leading national evening programme in Ireland with 217,000 listeners.  However, this is down 3,000 since January and follows a 4,000 drop previously.

The big winner on Radio 1 is Claire Byrne, however, whose show takes a large jump of 14,000 to 220,000 while Sean O’Rourke has seen yet another increase, this time of 5,000 bringing him to an impressive daily listenership of 303,000.

Joe Duffy, meanwhile, is drawing 367,000 listeners daily while over at Today FM, Louise Duffy is continuing the success of the late Tony Fenton’s afternoon slot, gaining 2,000 listeners to 98,000.

Over at Newstalk, ‘The Right Hook’ with George Hook continues to build audience with 138,000 daily listeners, up 12,000, a steady increase following the 13,000 gain charted in January.

However, while it’s not bad news for other Newstalk shows, several have remained static.

Pat Kenny and Sean Moncrieff’s figures remain static at 142,00 and 119,00 respectively. 

Pat had dropped 1,000 in the previous book so maintaining his audience is good news and station editor Garrett Harte said, "After 19 months on Newstalk, The Pat Kenny Show is on track to reach its target of 150,000 listeners after two years."

Also maintaining audience is ‘Off the Ball’ presented by Ger Gilroy.  The show has 49,000 listeners daily.

At the weekend, Marian Finucane leads the weekend schedule at Radio 1 with  366,000 on Saturdays and 335,000 on Sundays.

Radio 1 PlayBack with Marian Richardson on Saturday has increased 19,000 to 278,000 while Miriam’s show is up 2,000 to 214,000.

Back on 2FM Louise McSharry and Chris & Ciara have both seen increases of 2,000 while weekend ratings have also increased at the station.

On Saturdays, Fanning on 2fm is up 7,000 and Ruth & Paddy are up 6,000 while the Will Leahy Show, Larry Gogan, and The Electirc Disco have all gained 2,000 each.

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