RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland was once again the big winner in the radio listenership figures which were released yesterday with the show attracting an audience of 454,000 which is an increase year on year of 28,000.
Commenting on the latest Joint National Listenership Research Survey (JNLR) the Head of RTÉ Radio 1 Jim Jennings welcomed that news and also smaller gains for Today with Pat Kenny, News at One, The Ronan Collins Show, Mooney and Drivetime.
He did however note the decline in weekend listenership with losses for the Marian Finucane show on Saturdays and Sundays, Miriam Meets on Sundays and The Business. He commented "Naturally we look forward to a resurgence in weekend figures as the autumn schedule kicks in."
Also recording weekday gains was the Ray D’Arcy show on Today FM which attracted 10,000 new listeners year-on-year while George Hook’s Right hook remains the most popular show on Newstalk and gained 2,000 listeners to 121,000.
2fm boss John McMahon acknowledged that there was mixed news for the station saying "there are ups and downs in this book." While there were gains for Colm Hayes, Larry Gogan and Jenny Huston, Ryan Tubridy’s 9am – 11am show did record year on year losses.
McMahon said "It’s encouraging to see gains and stabilisation across some daytime shows after a difficult period for 2fm. Equally there are some changes that have yet to bed down fully. I’m confident that the ongoing work we’re doing to improve both Hector and Ryan’s shows, and indeed every show on 2fm, will pay dividends over time."
There was good news in the book for RTÉ lyric fm which has grown by 8,000 listeners with a seven-day reach of 256,000.