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Weekday Gains for Radio 1 and lyric fm in Latest JNLR Figures

1,881,000 (52%) adults listen to RTÉ Radio every week, up 15,000 book-on-book

RTÉ Radio scores 18 of the Top 20 most-listened-to programmes adults 15+

RTÉ Radio

  • RTÉ Radio 1 weekly reach up 1pt BoB (stable YoY) at 37% to 1,322,000
  • Weekdays see book on book gains for Morning Ireland, The John Murray Show , Today with Pat Kenny, Ronan Collins, News at One, Liveline, Mooney
  • RTÉ Radio 1 Weekday Reach steady at 24% with 863,000 listeners
  • RTÉ Radio 1 remains the only station in Ireland with a weekly reach of over 1M

RTÉ lyricfm

  • RTÉ lyric fm weekly reach is stable BoB at 7% with 264,000
  • RTÉ lyric fm reach steady at 3% with 116,000 listeners
  • Marty in the Morning gains 2000 listeners book-on-book
  • Liz Nolan’s Classic Drive up 1000 to 46,000 book-on-book

Commenting on the latest figures Clare Duignan, Managing Director, RTÉ Radio said: “PPI National Station of the Year Radio 1 is the major weekday winner. The book-on-book gains, almost across the full day, indicate firmly that Radio 1 is Ireland’s favourite radio station for news and current affairs, general interest, sport, and music programming.

Over on lyric, stability at 3% weekday reach is very encouraging. Marty continues to build listeners at breakfast, while the drivetime slot on lyric has seen a gain in this book.”

She continued: “RTÉ Commercial (Radio 1, 2fm, lyric) share is up at 31.8% (+0.2pts), a strong showing in a highly competitive environment.”


  • Radio 1 sees book on book gains for Morning Ireland, The John Murray Show , Today with Pat Kenny, Ronan Collins, News at One, Liveline, Mooney

RTÉ Radio 1 has made gains to its weekday schedule, with book-on-book consolidation across key slots. The latest set of listenership figures sees the station retain its position as Ireland’s most-listened-to radio station, with a weekly reach of 1,322,000. Radio 1 is the only station in the country with a weekly reach of over 1,000,000.

Jim Jennings, Head of Radio 1, says: “It’s a solid book for Radio 1, and especially gratifying to see such strong gains in key daytime shows, starting with Morning Ireland, and continuing right through to Mooney. Again, we see some churn at the weekends. Encouragingly, despite some losses book-on-book Mary Wilson’s Drivetime is up 15,000 year-on-year. News at One also records a very impressive gain of 19,000 year-on-year.”


  • RTÉ lyric fm sees gains book-on-book gains for Marty Whelan, Opera Night and Liz Nolan
  • RTÉ lyric fm steady at 3% reach

RTÉ lyric fm continues to maintain national daily reach at 3%, with book-on-book growth for key programmes.

Says Aodan Ó Dubhghaill, Head of lyric fm: “Lyric continues to be a real alternative for hundreds of thousands of listeners who are choosing a different radio mix. Marty is clearly becoming a favourite with listeners, with both book-on-book and year-on-year gains. The programming mix, across all genres, continues to serve listeners with programming of exceptional quality and distinction.”

The John Murray Show up 4,000 to 327,000 b-o-b
Morning Ireland up 2,000 b-o-b to 443,000
Today with Pat Kenny up 4,000 b-o-b to 325,000
Ronan Collins gains 3,000 listeners b-o-b to 214,000
John Creedon holds steady at 30,000
News at One gains 19,000 listeners year-on-year and 9,000 b-o-b to 369,000
Liveline increases by 7,000 year-on-year and 4,000 b-o-b to 424,000
Mooney up 3,000 b-o-b to 224,000
Drivetime increases by 15,000 to 260,000 year-on-year
Late Date / Book on One up 2,000 to 27,000 b-o-b

Off the Shelf up 1,000 to 10,000 b-o-b
Archive on One / Arts up 1,000 b-o-b to 8,000
Irish Language / Music slot up 2,000 to 8,000 book-on-book
Céilí House up 1,000 book-on-book and 2,000 year-on-year to 15,000
Fáilte Isteach holds steady at 12,000 b-o-b
Music on One: Country up 1,000 to 14,000 b-o-b
Late Date (Saturday) holds steady b-o-b at 6,000
The History Show holds steady b-o-b at 21,000
The Rolling Wave holds steady at 10,000
Arts Tonight (rpt) / Doc on One (rpt) holds steady y-o-y at 12,000
Music on One: In Concert holds steady b-o-b at 13,000

RTÉ lyric fm | WEEKDAY
Marty in the Morning up 4,000 year-on-year and 2,000 b-o-b to 31,000
Niall Carroll’s Classic Daytime holds steady book-on-book at 38,000
Liz Nolan’s Classic Drive up 1,000 to 46,000 b-o-b
The Blue of the Night holds steady b-o-b at 15,000
Lyric TTN holds steady y-o-y at 3,000

RTÉ lyric fm | WEEKEND
Movies and Musicals with Aedín Gormley holds steady at 37,000 b-o-b
Opera Night up 3,000 b-o-b to 13,000
The Blue of the Night (Sat) holds steady b-o-b and y-o-yt at 9,000
Lyric TTN (Sat and Sun) holds steady at 1,000
Classical Kids holds steady at 2,000 b-o-b
The Magic Carpet gains 1,000 b-o-b to 5,000

ll comparisons are book-on-book or year-on-year as stated
All figures are All Adults 15+ unless otherwise specified
Year-on-year = Source: JNLR/Ipsos MRBI 2013/1 V 2012/1
Book-on-book = Source: JNLR/Ipsos MRBI 2013/1 V 2012/4