Sunday 25 February 2018

Cooper and Claire rule the airwaves as 2FM hit by fall in listeners

Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne

Sean O'Grady

Matt Cooper and Claire Byrne are the official king and queen of Irish radio as thousands more listeners have started to tune into their shows.

Newlywed Claire Byrne saw her figures rise by 6,000 to 244,000 in the latest round of Joint National Radio Listenership (JNLR) figures.

Today FM's Matt Cooper saw his figures jump 7,000 to 139,000. RTÉ Radio One's Marian Finucane also saw listenership for her Saturday show jump by 7,000, meaning her listenership now stands at a hugely impressive 400,000.

Pat Kenny managed to convince more listeners to 'turn the dial' to Newstalk, with his audience jumping 5,000 to 131,000. Kenny's radio rival Sean O'Rourke remained stable with an audience of 326,000.

It wasn't all good news, however, with 2FM suffering several casualties.

Breakfast Republic fronted by Jennifer Zamparelli, Keith Walsh and Bernard O'Shea dropped 11,000 to 151,000. The Nicky Byrne Show has also taken a hit, losing some 7,000 listeners. This brings Byrne's figures down from 143,000 to 136,000 within a three-month period.

Morning Ireland also lost 11,000 listeners but remains the most popular programme on Irish radio with ratings of 449,000.

Head of RTÉ Radio One Tom McGuire believes this is due to a national feeling of "government fatigue" in the wake of the election.

"I think people got tired of that. You were going to have a natural drop post-election," he said.

Over on Today FM, broadcasters Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore saw their afternoon show drop by 3,000 - bringing their average audience to 114,000.

Anton Savage dropped 1,000 to 174,000 but Today FM's Ian Dempsey held firm at the 180,000 mark.

The Ray D'Arcy Show has lost 6,000 listeners, bringing his audience to 211,000.

'Late Late Show' host Ryan Tubridy shed 3,000 listeners to bring his figures down to 319,000.

Newstalk's Breakfast Show lost 1,000 listeners; while some 4,000 tuned out of George Hook's show to bring his ratings to 132,000.

Sean Moncrief lost 1,000 listeners but Editor-In-Chief of the station Garrett Harte was pleased with the overall figures. "We've very happy we're getting an increase in Pat's listeners over the past six months," he said.

Joe Duffy's Liveline remained popular, retaining its ratings of 391,000.

Irish Independent

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