Sunday 25 February 2018

Matt Cooper and Claire Byrne see massive rise in listenership figures

Broadcaster Claire Byrne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Broadcaster Claire Byrne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Matt Cooper. Photo: Collins
Matt Cooper
Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne
RTÉ presenter Claire Byrne and husband Gerry Scollan in their evening wear. Photo: Conor McCabe
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Matt Cooper and Claire Byrne are the king and queen of Irish radio, as thousands more listeners have started to tune into their respective shows.

Newlywed Claire Byrne saw her figures rise by 6,000 to 244,000 in the latest round of Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures.

The mum-of-two has cemented her place as RTE's golden girl after a stellar year which also saw her impress on her Claire Byrne Live TV show, as well as the broadcaster's election coverage.

Claire is currently enjoying a holiday after tying the knot with her partner Gerry Scollan last month.

Meanwhile, the figures were also joy to the ears of Today FM's Matt Cooper - whose numbers jumped 7,000 to 139,000.

RTE Radio One's Marian Finucane also saw an increase in listenership for her Saturday show of 7,000 - meaning her listenership now stands at a hugely impressive 400,000.

Pat Kenny managed to convince more listeners to 'turn the dial' to Newstalk, with his audience jumping 5,000 to 131,000.

Kenny's radio rival Sean O'Rourke remained stable, with an audience of 326,000.

Morning Ireland lost 11,000 listeners, but remains the most popular programme on Irish radio with ratings of 449,000.

Head of RTE Radio One Tom McGuire believes this is due to a national feeling of "government fatigue" after the election.

"I think people got tired of that. You were going to have a natural drop post-election," he said.

Over on Today FM, broadcasters Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore saw their afternoon show audience drop by 3,000 - bringing their average listenership to 114,000.


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