The latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures have shown big gains for RTÉ Radio shows.

The figures show that RTÉ Radio's reach is almost at 2 million, with 1,919,000 listeners - 53% of the Adult 15+ population - listening during the week.

RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland is still Ireland's most-listened-to show in the latest quarterly figures, known as a 'book'. The programme has 448,000 listeners, up 9,000 book-on-book and 22,000 year-on-year.

Ryan Tubridy in the 9:00am weekday slot has added another 7,000 listeners since last October's figures and now has 314,000 tuning in. 

The growth in Morning Ireland and Ryan Tubridy's figures is also reflected in other shows on the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule. There is more good news for The News at One at 346,000 (up 21,000 book-on-book, 34,000 year-on-year) and Liveline at 387,000 (up 16,000 book-on-book and 9,000 year-on-year).

Seán O'Rourke

With 3,000 new listeners book-on-book and 33,000 year-on-year, Today with Sean O'Rourke has 331,000 listeners.

The Ray D'Arcy Show is at 215,000 (up 16,000 quarterly and 22,000 annually) while Drivetime is at 240,000 listeners (up 14,000 quarterly and 18,000 annually).

At the weekend on RTÉ Radio 1, The Business has added another 13,000 listeners since the last book and 21,000 year-on-year to 299,000 listeners. The Marian Finucane Show remains the weekend leader with a year-on-year gain of 26,000 to 392,000 listeners on Saturday and 328,000 on Sunday. Saturday with Claire Byrne has added 39,000 listeners year-on-year to 245,000 while Sunday with Miriam has added 26,000 listeners year-on-year to 265,000.

The biggest music programme in Ireland is The Ronan Collins Show with 220,000 listeners, up 5,000 since the last book and 11,000 year-on-year.


Ronan Collins - Biggest music show in Ireland

Welcoming the figures, Jim Jennings, Managing Director, RTÉ Radio, said: "Having made significant schedule changes on all of our stations, it is heartening to see that the listening public are reacting in a positive way."

This is the first full book for the revamped RTÉ 2fm schedule and the station has said it has consolidated its position among younger listeners.

2fm's weekly reach is up by 9,000 listeners year on year to 806,000, with Breakfast Republic - in the 6am-10am slot since last September - the top programme nationally for the 15-34 age group with 181,000 listeners. The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene has 157,000 listeners while schedule newcomer Tracy Clifford has 129,000.

"We have just recently re-positioned both on and off air with a new identity and brand position for the station that we believe will resonate well with the youth audience and the growth in share we are seeing year-on-year for 15-34-year-olds is particularly heartening," said station boss Dan Healy. 

On RTÉ lyric fm, Marty in the Morning has seen a book-on-book increase of 2,000 listeners and 9,000 year-on-year to 47,000. The station's Liz Nolan's Classic Drive is up 3,000 on the last quarterly figures to 51,000. The Hamilton Scores on Saturday is up 3,000 book-on-book to 47,000 with Movies and Musicals with Aedin Gormley on Saturdays up 8,000 year-on-year to 47,000.