Wednesday 19 June 2019

Radio listenership figures: Gains for Claire Byrne, Marian Finucane and Matt Cooper

Broadcaster Claire Byrne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Broadcaster Claire Byrne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

Sean O’Grady

Matt Cooper and Claire Byrne are among the radio presenters celebrating tonight as thousands more listeners tuned into their respective shows.

Newlywed Claire Byrne saw her figures rise by 6,000 to 244,000 while Matt Cooper’s figures jumped 7,000 to 139,000, according to the latest Joint National Listenership (JNLRs) figures.

Marian Finucane also saw an increase in listenership on her Saturday show jump of 7,000 meaning her listenership now stands at a hugely impressive 400,000.

And Newstalk’s Pat Kenny managed to convince listeners to turn the dial and saw his audience jump 5,000 to 131,000.

It wasn’t all good news in radio land however, and RTE’s 2fm suffered several casualties.

Read more: Dropped 2FM DJ Colm Hayes: 'Any 2FM DJ over the age of 40 should be looking over their shoulder'

Finely balanced: Nicky Byrne. Photo: Mark Nixon.
Finely balanced: Nicky Byrne. Photo: Mark Nixon.

Jennifer Zamparelli, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea’s Breakfast Republic dropped 11,000 to 151,000.

The Nicky Byrne Show has also taken a hit and has lost 7,000 listeners, going from 143,000 to 136,000 within a three month period.

2fm newcomer Tracey Clifford lost 7,000 listeners while Rick O’Shea’s weekend shows have both shed thousands of listeners. His Saturday show dropped by 11,000 while his Sunday show dipped by 6,000.

Today FM also saw losses with Dermot and Dave dropping 3,000 bringing their average audience to 114,000.

Anton savage dropped 1,000 to 174,000 but Today FM’s Ian Dempsey held strong with stable ratings of 180,000.

Listenership figures also fell on RTÉ Radio One with flagship show Morning Ireland dropping 11,000 to 449,000 when compared to April’s figures. It remains the most popular show on air.

Read more: Comedian Al Porter (23) is the favourite to replace 2FM's Colm Hayes

There have also been losses on Radio 1 as The Ray D’Arcy Show has lost 6,000 listeners, going from 217,000 to their current figure of 211,000.

Ryan Tubridy shed 3,000 listeners to 319,000 but Sean O’Rourke was a non mover holding onto an audience 326,000.

Newstalk’s Breakfast Show shed 1,000 listeners while George Hook lost 4,000 listeners bringing his ratings to 132,000.

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