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It’s good news for Tubs, Claire and Marian but D’Arcy’s down


Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy


Ryan Tubridy

RTE’s trio of top women presenters Marian Finucane, Miriam O’Callaghan and Claire Byrne all had a boost in the latest JNLR figures.

The latest quarterly figures show that Finucane’s Saturday show jumped 16,000 to 366,000 while her Sunday show saw 9,000 more listeners tune in.

Sunday with Miriam was up 3,000 while Claire Byrne’s Saturday show increased in ratings by 4,000.


There was also good news for those at Newstalk with their Breakfast show hosted by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue increasing by 12,000 to 165,000 listeners.

Meanwhile, Ryan Tubridy has said that his rise in the JNLR ratings is a “very welcome one” as his 2fm show gained another 6,000 listeners in the last quarter.

Ryan has gained 25,000 listeners within the last year and currently has 177,000 tuning in from 8.45am on weekday mornings.

“It’s a tidy rise, one that’s very, very welcome,” he told the Herald.

“There were a few lean years there where we had to keep the head up and we did. The team stayed loyal and determined and it paid off, so these figures are very welcome.

“I love my job and I’m really happy with my team and I think when you’re in that zone, you can sense that off the show,” he added.

2fm boss Dan Healy was pleased with Ryan’s figures. “It’s been a challenging few years for Tubridy and for 2fm,” he said.

“There have been a lot of changes in 2fm and we are growing in the right direction. But we will not rest on our laurels – we will keep working hard to ensure we continue to grow.”

Ray D’Arcy left Today FM before Christmas but his slot pulled in 215,000 listeners, a drop of 6,000, while Derek Mooney’s old slot on Radio 1 dropped 5,000 with 193,000 tuning in to temporary host Marty Morrissey.

Sean O’Rourke increased his listenership by 3,000 bringing his figures up to 298,000 while radio rival Pat Kenny fell by 1,000 to 142,000. Tubs is now part of a reinvigorated 2fm, with The Nicky Byrne Show stable at 140,000, just down 1,000 while Breakfast Republic has no change at 100,000.

Meanwhile, Ian Dempsey is down to 187,000 on Today FM in the mornings – a loss of 9,000 in three months.


Savage on Sunday increased by 8,000 which, according to a Today FM spokesperson “bodes very well for Anton’s new morning slot”.

Today FM’s Dermot and Dave dropped 4,000 to 116,000 while Matt Cooper fell by 1,000.

Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff increased by 5,000 to 119,000 and Off the Ball remained on 49,000.