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RTÉ Remains the Number One Choice for Radio Listeners

RTÉ Remains the Number One Choice for Radio Listeners

RTÉ Radio Reach is now at almost 2million with 1,915,000 listeners across the week

Commenting on the latest figures Jim Jennings, Managing Director, RTÉ Radio said: “This is a fantastic day for RTÉ’s radio stations, with an increase in listening figures to almost two million tuning in to RTÉ each week.  RTÉ Radio 1 in particular has had a good day with gains across the whole schedule. It demonstrates the strength of the Radio 1 programmes and the support that the listeners give us. The RTÉ 2fm resurgence continues a pace and the gap between RTÉ 2fm and Today FM has narrowed significantly, with just 55,000 listeners between the two stations on weekdays. RTÉ lyric fm continues to grow its audience across the weekends and deliver quality programming for the listeners.



RTÉ Radio 1 continues to be the ONLY station in Ireland with a weekly reach of over 1 Million listeners 

Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 says:The listenership figures published today are brilliant for RTÉ Radio 1. The positive audience reaction and  listeners engagement with all of our programmes across the week are testament to the teamwork, dedication and professionalism of a very dedicated and hard working staff at the station.  I am proud that RTÉ Radio 1 is the ‘go to’ station for News & Current Affairs; Sport & Entertainment; Music and Arts.  It’s great that the evolving mix of new programmes alongside long running shows has provided a schedule that is so well received by a growing number of listeners.

  • Morning Ireland remains the number 1 radio programme in Ireland with 433,000 listeners, a large (b-o-b) increase of 16,000 on weekdays
  • Today with Sean O’Rourke has big gains of 14,000 listeners to 317,000
  • Liveline with Joe Duffy sees 369,000 listeners tune in every weekday, a gain of 2,000 listeners
  • Sunday with Miriam grows to 262,000 up 21,000 (b-o-b)
  • News at One is the leading daytime news programme across Ireland with 314,000 weekday listeners, a gain of 7,000
  • The Ronan Collins Show is the biggest music programme in Ireland attracting 214,000 listeners, an increase of 6,000
  • Drivetime with Mary Wilson remains the leading national evening programme in Ireland with 218,000 listeners
  • Marian Finucane leads the weekend schedule with 373,000 on Saturdays & 337,000 on Sundays
  • This Week takes a leap with an additional 25,000 to 220,000 (b-o-b) on Saturdays & up 39,000 (y-o-y)
  • Saturday with Claire Byrne takes a large jump of 25,000 (y-o-y) to 230,000
  • The John Murray Show is up 9,000 listeners to 296,000 on weekdays
  • The Business increases to 280,000, a gain of 11,000 on Saturday mornings

Other gains across the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule include:

  • The Weekend on One with Cathal Murray increases 6,000 listeners on Saturdays (y-o-y) and 5,000 listeners on Sunday (y-o-y)
  • News/ Papers/ Sunday Miscellany gains 9,000 listeners to 221,000 on Sunday mornings
  • The John Creedon Show sees gains of 1,000 y-o-y to 32,000
  • Off the Shelf increases 7,000 y-o-y to 23,000 on Saturdays 

*All increases are book-on-book unless otherwise stated.

Strong gains across the 2fm weekday and weekend schedule 

Commenting today, Head of RTÉ 2fm, Dan Healy said: “In little over 12 months, 2fm’s strategy for becoming the most popular station among 20-44s is bearing fruit. From breakfast, and across the entire day, 2fm has seen significant gains. In the last six months we have narrowed the gap with Today FM, growing from 6.2% peak time market share to 7.3% among all adults, while they have dropped from a 9% market share to 7.5%.What a particularly great book for Breakfast Republic, and it’s really exciting to see our night time programming growing rapidly.

RTÉ 2fm Narrows the Gap on National Market Share


Jan 15 ’-Jun 15

Jan 14’ – Jun 14’

RTÉ 2fm



Today FM



Source: JNLR – Mediastar, Adults 15+, Weekdays 7am-7pm, Jan-Jun'15  & Jan-Jun'14  (6-mth Research Periods)

  • Breakfast Republic has large gains of 10,000 to 119,000
  • Tubridy increases 2,000 to 191,000 listeners
  • The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene steady at 150,000 b-o-b, up 5,000 y-o-y
  • Rick O’Shea in the Afternoon up 4,000 to 125,000 b-o-b, up 16,000 y-o-y
  • Game On up 3,000 listeners to 22,000
  • The Louise McSharry Show is steady at 18,000 listeners
  • Chris & Ciara up 2,000 listeners to 14,000


  • Early, Early Breakfast with Lottie Ryan up 1,000 on Saturday and 2,000 Sunday
  • Weekend Breakfast up 4,000 on both Saturday and Sunday with current figures of 70,000 and 49,000 respectively
  • The Dave Fanning Show up 7,000 on Saturday to 105,000 and static on Sunday at 94,000
  • Weekenders with Ruth & Paddy gain 2,000 listeners on Saturday and 11,000 on Sunday with a y-o-y gain of 22,000
  • The Electric Disco with Jenny Greene increases 1,000 to 17,000
  • Larry Gogan up 4,000 on Sunday to 77,000
  • Will Leahy is up 3,000 to 39,000 on Sundays

*All increases are book-on-book unless otherwise stated.

Aodan Ó Dubhghaill, Head of RTÉ lyric fm, said: “The staff of RTÉ lyric fm come from varying backgrounds – former actors, musicians, singers, authors, performers, sports journalist, business, IT  and even former advertising executives. But the one thing that they all have in common is a love of the music we play. I am delighted that lyric is acting as a bridge to a whole new demographic, one which breathes new life into the symphonic and arts world we live in and that more and more people are discovering the real alternative that we have to offer, particularly at weekends.


  • Trish Taylors Daybreak on Saturdays increases 2,000 b-o-b and 5,000 y-o-y
  • The Hamilton Scores gains 4,000 b-o-b and 14,000 y-o-y
  • Movies and Musicals with Aedín Gormley grows 9,000 b-o-b and 29,000 y-o-y
  • Opera Night is up 3,000 b-o-b and up 4,000 y-o-y
  • The Blue of the Night  increases 3,000 y-o-y
  • Lyric Through the Night gains 1,000 b-o-b


  • The Music Box with Trish Taylor Thompson grows 4,000 b-o-b and 7,000 y-o-y
  • Liz Nolan’s A World of Song  gains 8,000 listeners b-o-b
  • Nova increases listeners 7,000 b-o-b