Weekend radio personalities take a hit but morning shows soar across the board
Weekend radio ratings took a hit in the latest JNLR radio ratings with Miriam O'Callaghan, Marian Finucane and Claire Byrne all losing listeners.
However, early morning listenership during the week jumped with Morning Ireland, Breakfast Republic and Newstalk Breakfast pulling in strong ratings.
Morning Ireland remained the most listened to programme on national airwaves jumping up 4,000 listeners to 448,000.
On Newstalk, which massively revamped their schedule last year, ratings on their repackaged breakfast show featuring Paul Williams, Shane Coleman and Colette Fitzpatrick jumped by 7,000 to 122,000.
Head of 2FM Dan Healy described the last book of radio ratings as carnage but was much happier with results this time round.
Breakfast Republic increased by 12,000 to 157,000 while Nicky Byrne retained 131,000 listeners.
“I think its a strong book for us,” he said. “It’s a young and vibrant station and a strong schedule has resulted in the ratings going up.”
However there were some casualties, Marian Finucane’s ratings fell by 14,000 on Sunday to 308,000 and by 15,000 on Saturday bringing her ratings down to 372,000.
Miriam O’Callaghan’s ratings dropped by 9,000 to 245,000 while Claire Byrne’s programme also saw listeners switch off with 222,000 tuning in - a slide of 22,000.
Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said he is unconcerned by this drop in radio ratings.
“Across the board radio ratings dipped at the weekend,” he said. “It’s always where you see the biggest increases and decreases. I am not concerned about it, we are committed to our presenters and our programmes.”
On Today FM Ian Dempsey’s ratings dipped by 6,000 to 167,000 but the latest figures show that The Ian Dempsey Show remains the number one breakfast show on commercial radio. Afternoon presenter Fergal D’Arcy celebrated a bump of 6,000 new listeners bringing his audience to 103,000, a three-year high for that timeslot.
Matt Cooper’s ratings dropped by 4,000 to 132,000 while popular duo Dermot and Dave saw their ratings increase by 2,000 to 115,000.The two took Anton Savage’s former slot in the coming weeks.
It was also good news for Louise Duffy who increased by 6,000 to 103,000.
Pat Kenny increased by 1,000 to 147,000 while Newstalk Drive with Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney brought in 130,000 listeners.
Meanwhile on Lyric FM Gay Byrne’s ratings increased from 44,000 to 49,000 while Marty Whelan gained an additional 6,000 listeners bringing his ratings to 45,000.
There was also good news for Sean O’Rourke whose ratings increased by 7,000 to 332,000.
Ryan Tubridy also saw his ratings rise from 316,000 to 323,000 compared to the last recorded book of ratings three months ago.
Joe Duffy’s ratings fell slightly for Liveline by 8,000 to 387,000 but the programme remains one of the ‘tentpole’ programmes on RTE.
Ray D’Arcy fell by 3,000 but RTE said this was a marginal drop.