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Morning Ireland tops JNLR figures

1 of 1 Morning Ireland (Cathal Mac Coille and Rachael English) - The most-listened to programme in the country
Morning Ireland (Cathal Mac Coille and Rachael English) - The most-listened to programme in the country

RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland is the most-listened to show in the country, and has increased its listenership by 7,000 to 450,000 in the latest figures from the Joint National Listenership Research Survey (JNLR).

This 7,000-listener increase is since the last quarterly figures (known as a 'book') were released in April; Morning Ireland is up 6,000 listeners year-on-year.

The figures show that 1,876,000 (52%) adults listen to RTÉ Radio every week, with 18 of the Top 20 most-listened-to programmes for adults (15+) on RTÉ.

Weekdays also saw book-on-book gains for, among others, RTÉ Radio 1's Risin' Time, The John Murray Show with Miriam, Today with Pat Kenny, Ronan Collins, News at One, Mooney and Late Date including The Book on One and RTÉ lyric fm's Marty in the Morning and The John Kelly Ensemble.

RTÉ 2fm has increased its peak-time share to 7.4%, with Weekenders increasing 21,000 listeners year-on-year; Rick in the Afternoon up 10,000 to 117,000 book-on-book and Dave Fanning gaining 8,000 listeners on Saturday book-on-book.

Weekend RTÉ Radio 1shows with increased listenership book-on-book include The Marian Finucane Show (Sunday), up 37,000 to 328,000; Saturday Sport, up 30,000 to 157,000; Saturday with Claire Byrne, up 24,000 to 214,000; and The Weekend on One with Cathal Murray (Saturday), up 13,000 to 82,000. RTÉ lyric fm's The Hamilton Scores is up 10,000 to 33,000.

Commenting on the latest figures Jim Jennings, Acting Managing Director, RTÉ Radio, said: "This is a very strong book for RTÉ Radio with gains throughout the week on Radio 1 and 2FM and RTÉ lyric maintaining its audience share. The figures cement Radio 1's position as the number one station in the country and it continues to deliver quality programming for its audience. There are very encouraging signs for 2FM with the gains that it has made and with the changes coming on stream from the new Head, Dan Healy, we believe that the station is heading in the right direction."

Head of 2fm, Dan Healy, said: "This JNLR is hugely significant for 2fm – not only does it signal a turn in fortunes for the station but to have grown so strongly in this book suggests that 2fm and Today fm have been neck-in-neck in the last three months. All day programming has performed well; Ryan Tubridy continues to be the main audience driver for the station. We have big gains across weekends, with Saturday's being particularly strong."

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