Ray trumps Tubridy in radio war
Gerry Ryan's replacement has lost thousands of 2fm morning audience
Ray D'Arcy has unseated RTE's golden boy Ryan Tubridy as the king of the mid-morning radio shows, according to the latest listenership ratings.
The Today FM presenter had 3,000 more for his three-hour show compared with Tubridy's 216,000 listeners on his two-hour programme on 2fm.
The survey covers the 12-month period from January to December 2010 and is compared with the year from October 2009 to September 2010.
RTE chiefs claimed D'Arcy's figures, released in the latest Joint National Listenership (JNLR) survey, are bigger because the Today FM show is an hour longer.
But the figures also reveal that the 296,000 2fm listeners who regularly tuned in to its flagship 'Gerry Ryan' show prior to the broadcasters's death last year have not embraced his much-touted replacement with the same degree of loyalty.
The show had already lost 24,000 listeners in the October 2009--September 2010 survey, which took into account some of the transition period after Mr Ryan's shocking death from a cocaine-induced heart attack on April 30.
Overall, RTE Radio 1 has 25pc of listeners nationally (up 1pc).
Today FM and 2fm are running neck-and-neck for second spot on 13pc.
Newstalk remains unchanged with 8pc, followed by RTE's Lyric FM at 3pc. The survey also reveals some significant declines.
Miriam O'Callaghan, host of RTE's 'Prime Time', lost 11,000 listeners on her Sunday morning 'Miriam Meets' show, which now attracts 262,000.
Today FM's Ian Dempsey also shed 10,000 listeners which a station spokesperson attributed to the recession.
Other favourites also suffered losses, including George Hook on the Newstalk afternoon drivetime show 'The Right Hook', which was down 5,000 listeners.
His Newstalk colleague Sean Moncrief lost 4,000 listeners -- the same number shed by Joe Duffy on Radio 1's 'Liveline'.
But other current affairs shows -- especially those with a focus on business and politics -- gained listeners.
The biggest winner was 'Morning Ireland', which gained 23,000 listeners, although the Ronan Collins lunchtime music show also pulled in 10,000 new listeners. RTE's 'Drivetime' programme was also popular, with 5,000 new listeners.
'The Business', presented by former Fine Gael TD George Lee on Saturday morning, attracted 4,000 new listeners, as did the Pat Kenny show and Derek Mooney in his afternoon slot.
Meanwhile, Dublin newcomer Radio Nova, appears to be capturing some of 2fm and Today FM's market, recording some 120,000 weekly listeners since the rock station's first broadcast in September.
Across the regional stations, Highland continued to dominate the weekly listener market, capturing 89pc of local listeners, followed by Radio Kerry at 77pc, Limerick's Live 95 at 76pc and Galway Bay FM at 75pc.