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Both Pat Kenny and Sean O'Rourke make gains in radio ratings war


Both RTE and Newstalk can claim victory in the ratings war between Sean O'Rourke and Pat Kenny.

Quarterly JNLR figures show Kenny has gained an additional 18,000 listeners to his mid-morning slot on Newstalk.

This brings his total to 96,000 listeners.

However, he is still trailing behind his old RTE slot - now with Sean O'Rourke at the helm - which has 327,000 people tuning in.

The JNLR figures showed O'Rourke lost some 7,000 listeners in the last quarter.

However, the show recorded an increase of 6,000 listeners when compared to the same period last year, when Kenny was presenting it.

Kenny has previously said he was “not worried” about the ratings for his new programme, and believes success can only be measured accurately after 12 months. 

Kenny (66) joined commercial station Newstalk in a high profile switch from RTE in September.

The other mid-morning hosts – Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy and 2FM’s Ryan Tubridy – have emerged unaffected by the ratings battle waged between Newstalk and RTE.

When compared to when the last quarterly JNLR figures were released three months ago, D’Arcy lost just 1,000 listeners – and now has an impressive listenership of 230,000.

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Tubridy’s figures for 2FM remains ‘static’ with 152,000 listeners – the same as three months ago.

Interestingly, the figures also showed that former 2FM Breakfast host Hector O hEochagain gained 12,000 listeners year on year.

Hector was axed from the station in December – 2FM announced yesterday that ‘Republic of Telly’ stars Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh will be taking over the slot.

But they’ll have a hard task ahead of them in the shape of Today FM’s Ian Dempsey.

The figures show he gained some 9,000 listeners year on year – bringing him to 189,000 listeners.

2FM’s Breakfast Show figures stand at 153,000 – which included the 12,000 listeners gained year on year by Hector.

Today FM’s Matt Cooper was steady pulling in the same figures of 160,000 leaving 2FM’s More Music Drive in the dust with 110,000.

RTE’s Morning Ireland is the most listened to show in the country – figures show they gained a further 1,000 listeners year on year with 449,000 people now tuning in daily.

John Murray’s 9am to 10am slot on RTE Radio One is also holding its own with a drop of just 1,000 listeners recorded.

There were some losses recorded for programmes in RTE’s afternoon schedule.

Ronan Collins is down 4,000 listeners to 230,000.

The News At One lost some 14,000 listeners – and are now at 349,000.

Liveline also lost 14,000 listeners bringing its number to 399,000 – but it still the second most listened to programme in the country.

Meanwhile, Derek Mooney lost 5,000 listeners and is now at 219,000.

While Pat Kenny has gained almost 20,000 new listeners for his mid-morning slot on Newstalk, it’s yet to make any impression on the rest of the Newstalk schedule.

Newstalk’s Breakfast Programme gained some 4,000 listeners, with 125,000 people now tuning in.

The station’s Lunchtime programme remains static at 65,000.

Sean Moncrieff made a gain of 2,000 listeners bringing him to 112,000.

George Hook lost some 5,000 listeners, with the figure for his show now at 130,000.

Meanwhile, Louise Duffy is continuing to make steady gains for her early morning programme on Today FM.

Since taking over the programme in 2011, she has gained more than 5,000 listeners.

The latest JNLR’s show that 1,000 more people are tuning in to her between 5am and 7am, bringing her listenership up to 17,000.

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