Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ryan Tubridy's station move pays off for both Radio 1 and 2fm

Listening figures
Listening figures

Mark O’Regan and Kirsty Blake Knox

It looks like RTÉ bosses’ decision to move Ryan Tubridy back to Radio 1 may have been the right call.

Since returning to Radio 1 – or “Nerd FM” as Tubridy prefers to call it – in July, all 2fm radio shows have increased in listenership.

But there was good news for Tubridy too.

Since he took over from John Murray, ratings for RTÉ 1’s 9am slot have increased by 11,000 to 307,000. Back at 2fm, the latest Joint National Listenership Research figures (JNLR) show that ‘Breakfast Republic’, fronted by Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, jumped 77,000 to 196,000.

Meanwhile, ‘The Nicky Byrne Show’ was up 13,000 to 163,000 when compared with figures from July.

RTÉ were keen to stress, however, that this jump in figures is mainly due to the increase in the programmes’ duration.

“Both of the programmes have also inherited some of the listeners from the now defunct ‘Tubridy on 2fm’,” a spokesperson for the station said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, head of Radio 1 Tom McGuire said the “timing was right” for Tubridy to rejoin Radio 1.

“Ryan and Radio 1 go together like a hand and a glove puppet,” he said.

“We’re delighted with how well his show is doing. He left 2fm in excellent condition.”

And it seems people are still eager to ‘Talk to Joe’ with ‘Liveline’ increasing 2,000 to 371,000.

On Newstalk, Pat Kenny remained stationary on 134,000, while Moncrieff increased by 1,000 to 120,000.

Newstalk’s Breakfast with Ivan Yates also increased 5,000 to 178,000.

RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke was pleased to hear another 11,000 fans were tuning into his radio show, bringing the figures up to an impressive 328,000. ‘Morning Ireland’ remains the most popular radio show on air with ratings of 439,000.

And it was good news for Newstalk’s George Hook, who rose 5,000 to 148,000.

Meanwhile, expensive RTÉ recruit Ray D’Arcy has seen his listenership on Radio 1 increase steadily; his latest figures moved up 9,000 to 199,000. However, Today FM’s Matt Cooper fell from 141,000 to 135,000.

Female broadcasters proved the real winners of the day with Marian Finucane, Miriam O’Callaghan, Louise Duffy and Claire Byrne all increasing in ratings. It is 10 years since Finucane’s first weekend radio show took to the air. Her latest figures increased to 396,000 on Saturday and to 338,000 on Sunday.

“I am delighted,” she said. “I think women should have a front and centre role in TV and radio.

“Myself and my producer Anne Farrell sat down 10 years ago to make a programme that wasn’t guff. We wanted to make something substantial that mattered. So I am delighted to hear people are enjoying the show and consider it part of their weekend.”

Finucane said she had only endured one “nightmare interview” in the past decade but refused to reveal who the culprit was.

“He was monosyllabic and terrible on air. He was very well-known but I will never say who it was,” she said laughing.

Meanwhile, Miriam O’Callaghan’s weekend show increased by 3,000, Today FM’s Louise Duffy jumped 4,000 to 98,000, while presenter Claire Byrne was up 10,000 to 240,000 listeners.

“I am thrilled to see the figures have gone up once again,” O’Callaghan told the Irish Independent last night. 

“The JNLRs are always quite stressful.  So I am delighted for my team that we are on a bit of a roll at the moment.”

Today FM’s Early Breakfast was up 2,000 to 23,000.

Irish Independent

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