Saturday 20 January 2018

Ryan Tubridy and Sean O'Rourke lead the way as RTE radio celebrates listenership jump

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The champagne corks are popping at RTE this evening as the station marked huge gains in listenership in the recent JNLR figures.

Although he’s only been anchoring his one-hour show for six months, Late Late show host Ryan Tubridy has increased his listenership by a massive 7,000 listeners from the previous survey at the end of October.

His listenership now stands at 314,000 for his 9-10am RTE Radio 1 programme, with Tubridy hailing it as a “great result.”

“I am very, very happy and I had a good feeling about it,” he told

“It’s very good news. We’re about 314,000 now and it was heading south, below the 300,000 mark when I took over. I definitely feel much more relaxed as a broadcaster than I ever have been in my life.”

Another big winner in the latest round of results is RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, who’s up a massive 33,000 when compared with last year’s listenership and up 3,000 alone from the last quarterly figure. They now have a significant 331,000 listeners. 

Reacting to the news, O’Rourke said he was delighted with the news and paid tribute to his entire team working on his two-hour long morning show.

“We’re really pleased about that. At this stage, we’re two and a half years on the programme and it’s really settled down well and we now have more listeners than my predecessor,” he said.

RTE One’s new kid on the block, Ray D’Arcy, has pulled in 16,000 more listeners since last October’s survey and has gained 22,000 when compared with last year’s slot.

Morning Ireland rose to 448,000 listeners while Mary Wilson’s Drivetime programme was up 14,000 listeners.

News at One have clocked in 21,000 more listeners while Joe Duffy’s Liveline is continuing to perform well, up 16,000 from the previous survey.

RTE’s 2fm is also doing well in the latest survey.

In music to his ears, former Westlife star Nicky Byrne now has 157,000 listeners for the two-hour long show that he co-presents with Jenny Greene.

In the early morning slot, Breakfast Republic has 181,000 listeners while new addition Tracey Clifford has a respectable 129,000 listeners.

Reacting to the news, RTE Radio One boss Tom McGuire said: “For the first time since 2009, we now have 900,000 tuning in every day to Radio 1 and the other significant thing is we’ve had a 1.6pc increase in listeners in the 15-34’s age bracket.”

He believes the station now has a “really good mix” of different voices, which listeners are responding well to.

Over in Marconi House, there was good news for Today FM’s Ian Dempsey, whose breakfast show has seen a jump of 6,000  bringing it up to 187,00 for his two hour slot.

Now the most-listened to breakfast show in the country for those under 45 years of age, he said he was “delighted” with the figures.

Last month saw Anton Savage mark his programme’s one year anniversary and his listenership now stands at 183,000, a slight drop of 8,000 listeners from the previous survey three months ago.

Comedic duo Dermot & Dave have clocked in 121,000 in the most recent survey while newly-wed Louise Duffy has a total of 94,000.

Newstalk’s biggest star Pat Kenny has stablised his listenership, which now stands at 133,000, down just 1,000 for the last survey three months ago.

Geroge Hook’s show now has 145,000, which is up 19,000 when compared with a year ago.

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