Sunday 23 November 2014

RTE's Sean O'Rourke's top of the morning radio pile

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Number one: Sean with Miriam O'Callaghan.
Number one: Sean with Miriam O'Callaghan.
JNLR figures
Ivan Yates
Pat Kenny in the Newstalk studios

Pat Kenny has picked up 20,000 more listeners in the battle for the mid-morning radio slot – but he still remains 173,000 behind RTE rival Sean O'Rourke.

The Newstalk presenter, who switched from RTE last year, now has 134,000 listeners to his morning chat show – up from the 114,000 he had when the last Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) survey results were published in May.

O'Rourke has 307,000 listeners, despite a drop of 4,000 over the last quarter.

RTE Radio One's 'Morning Ireland' programme remains the most popular show in the country with 438,000 weekday listeners despite a decline of 6,000 over the summer.

RTE Radio One still has the highest listenership figures of any national broadcaster.

The survey found while the national radio stations were listened to by 57pc of listeners in the greater Dublin market, local and regional radio is the most listened to outside the capital.

The highest percentage of regional listeners was in the north west at 62.2pc followed by Cork at 60.5pc and the south west at 58.5pc.

Local and regional stations were also the most popular for the lucrative 15-34 year old market, holding 66.8pc of listeners.

RTE One's 'The Business' show lost 21,000 listeners from 319,000 in May to 298,000, while veteran broadcaster Marian Finucane lost a total of 27,000 on both her Saturday and Sunday shows.

Miriam O'Callaghan has lost 15,000 listeners since May when 262,000 tuned in to her Saturday morning show 'Miriam Meets'.

'Late Late Show' host Ryan Tubridy also lost 4,000 listeners on his 2fm show which has continued to bleed listeners after he took over the reins following the death of Gerry Ryan in 2012.

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne has surpassed Tubridy with 145,000 listeners for his own weekday morning slot on 2fm, even though he also lost 6,000 listeners.

Today FM fared well in the ratings, gaining 7,000 listeners to Ian Dempsey's breakfast show and 5,000 new listeners to Ray D'Arcy's mid-morning show.

However, Newstalk had the greatest number of overall converts with 10,000 new listeners to its Breakfast show with Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue and 5,000 new listeners to "Off the Ball".

Irish Independent

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