Wednesday 26 June 2019

JNLR: Ray D'Arcy and RTE see listenership rise as Today FM suffers casualties on flagship shows

Ray D'Arcy. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Ray D'Arcy. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Pat Kenny moves the dial to Newstalk
Enda Kenny speaks with Sean O'Rourke (Photo: RTE Radio One)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) radio ratings have been released for this quarter bringing good new for RTE but a drop in listeners across flagship shows at Today FM.

RTE Radio is celebrating this evening following the release of this quarter's Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) radio ratings which show a rise in listenership across the board, apart from one show.

Colm Hayes' Drive By will see a new presenter in the form of Eoghan McDermott from September as Colm moves to the weekend breakfast slot.

All eyes are on Ray D'Arcy in his first book at RTE Radio 1 since his arrival from Today FM in February, and he has seen a relatively small increase of just 7,000 listeners to bring him to 190,000.

Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne

Ray (50) had helmed the hugely successful Ray D'Arcy Show on weekday mornings on Today FM since 2000 and had been pulling more than 215,000 listeners when he left for Derek Mooney's old slot at RTE.

Today with Sean O'Rourke has also seen an impressive increase of 14,000 to 327,000 with flagship morning show Morning Ireland remaining the most popular weekly radio show in the country and bagging an extra 16,000 to hit 432,000. 

Joe Duffy's LiveLine clawed back 2,000 having dropped 11,000 in the last quarter.  It now stands at 369,000.

John Murray, whose show was axed on Radio 1 and who will be replaced by Tubridy, ended his five years fronting The John Murray Show on a high with an increase of 9,000 listeners although he had lost 8,000 in the previous quarter.

The big winners for Radio 1 this quarter are Clare Byrne, Marian Finucane, and Miriam O'Callaghan

At the weekend Miriam's Sunday show has seen a whopping increase of 21,000 listeners, followed by an increase of 10,000 for Claire on Saturday.  Marian's Saturday show has seen a rise of 7,000 and Sunday has increased by 2,000 listeners.

On 2fm, Ryan Tubridy saw an increase of just 2,000 this quarter.  This builds on 12,000 last quarter and 6,000 before that.  He currently stands at 191,000 listeners.  Nicky Byrne's show, meanwhile, remains level at 150,000 and Breakfast Republic has gained 10,000.

Lottie Ryan's early morning breakfast show has doubled listenership on Saturday to 2,000 and quadrupled on Sunday, going from 1,000 to 4,000 listeners.

Celebrations may be slightly more muted over at Today FM where several flagship shows have lost significant numbers.

Ian Dempsey has lost 11,000 bringing his audience to 183,000, Matt Cooper is down 12,000 and Anton Savage, who replaced Ray D'Arcy from January, has seen a significant drop of 18,000 listeners to 194,000, although it's early days for his show. 

Dermot and Dave, meanwhile, have lost a much less significant 2,000.

Overall, Today FM has maintained its weekly audience of over 900,000, rising 33 in the past year and, commenting on the JNLR figures, Today FM’s CEO, Peter McPartlin said: “Today FM’s schedule has seen massive change in the past 6 months alone with the defection of one high profile presenter."

Over at Newstalk, figures have, in the main, remained relatively static. However, Pat Kenny, who left RTE two years ago today, has dropped 8,000 listeners to 134,000.

Newstalk Breakfast with Ivan Yates and Chris O'Donoghue saw a small increase of 1,000 listeners taking it to 173,000 daily while The Right Hook has gained 5,000 listeners to hit highest ever reach of 143,000.

More to come...

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