Thursday 23 May 2019

RTÉ Radio One thriving in the ratings as 2FM slows ahead of schedule shake-up

On Sundays, Marian Finucane is reaching an audience of 325,000, increases of 13,000 book on book and 17,000 year on year. Photo: Damien Eagers
On Sundays, Marian Finucane is reaching an audience of 325,000, increases of 13,000 book on book and 17,000 year on year. Photo: Damien Eagers
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

RTÉ Radio One is thriving year on year as 2FM slows ahead of a schedule shake-up, new listenership figures show.

Newstalk and Today FM, meanwhile, have seen modest losses across weekday shows except for their successful drivetime shows and Ian Dempsey's 'Breakfast Show'.

Radio One had an increase in listernship across the board year on year, in the latest Joint National Listenership Figures (JNLRs).

The biggest show in the country remains RTÉ Radio One's 'Morning Ireland', with a huge audience of 421,000, despite dropping 18,000 listeners since February and 10,000 since last year.

Also down this quarter is the 'News at One', but holding steady year on year with an increase of 2,000.

Joe Duffy has increased his listenership by 5,000 year on year. Ray D'Arcy is down 1,000 on this book, but up 15,000 in the year to reach 220,000.

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Ryan Tubridy's morning chat show has gained 3,000 listeners this quarter and an impressive 24,000 year on year to 328,000. Similarly, Sean O'Rourke is drawing 322,000 listeners, up 2,000 since February and increasing 27,000 since last year.

On Sundays, Marian Finucane is reaching an audience of 325,000, increases of 13,000 book on book and 17,000 year on year.

Miriam O'Callaghan, meanwhile, is also celebrating a 6,000 increase since the last book and 4,000 since April last year.

Speaking about the results, RTÉ Radio One managing editor Peter Woods said they are "overall really happy" with the station's performance.

Meanwhile, over at 2FM, 'Breakfast Republic' has been axed while Jenny Greene returns to the fold in a major shake-up at the station.

The latest results for 2FM show that growth has slowed in recent months. 'Breakfast Republic' is up just 1,000 from February to March, and 3,000 year on year.

Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene's show, which saw both hosts depart in March, was reaching an audience of 155,000 - up 2,000 since the last book and up 7,000 year on year.

Today FM and Newstalk have both seen modest losses since February, apart from 'The Last Word' with Matt Cooper and 'The Hard Shoulder' with Ivan Yates. Cooper's show on Today FM has an audience of 152,000, up 10,000 listeners this quarter and 14,000 year on year. This is a four-year high for the show.

The 'Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show' on Today FM has also bucked the trend by gaining 1,000 listeners.

Similarly, it's good news for Newstalk's Ivan Yates who has built an audience of 173,000, up 3,000 book on book and up 28,000 year on year.

Yates has further increased his lead on Pat Kenny, whose late morning Newstalk show draws 150,000. This is 5,000 fewer than February, but gaining 2,000 since last year.

Sean Moncrieff has a listenership of 97,000, an impressive jump of 14,000 year on year.

Patricia Monahan, managing editor of Newstalk, said: "We are delighted with the results, which clearly show that we are providing our audience with the opinion and analysis they want."

Irish Independent

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