Today FM star Ray D’Arcy
is flying ahead of his RTE 2fm rival Ryan Tubridy
by gaining even more listeners in the competitive mid-morning slot.
D’Arcy pulled in an average of 255,000 listeners in the year from July 2011 to June 2012, according to the latest Joint National Listenership Research
In the previous set of figures released — which were for the year from April 2011 to March 2012 — his total was 249,000.
This means he has enjoyed a rise of 6,000 listeners in a three-month period. Despite pulling in 3,000 more listeners since the last set of figures, his mid-morning rival Ryan Tubridy is still lagging behind with 175,000 listeners.
This is also down 11,000 from his figure in July 2011, which was 186,000. And D’Arcy is not the only one at Today FM popping the champagne corks, as all of its top presenters have increased their listenership since the last set of figures.
Today FM breakfast host Ian Dempsey mirrored D’Arcy’s gain of 6,000 listeners since the last set of figures — bringing him up to 189,000. Dempsey’s total has increased by a whopping 37,000 from last year. His 2fm rival Hector O hEochagain has gained 8,000 listeners since the last figures were released, when his figure was 122,000.
Hector now has 130,000 listeners, the same amount he had 12 months ago. Former 2fm jock Gareth O’Callaghan performed well with 4FM, gaining 7,000 more listeners since the last set of figures — bringing his total to 41,000, which is 14,000 more than last year.
The 2fm hosts all made gains since the last set of figures, with Larry Gogan up 2,000, Rick O’Shea up 3,000 and Will Leahy up 3,000. Colm Hayes stayed the same on 141,000 listeners — although this is 8,000 more than he had in July 2011. RTE Radio One shows delivered mixed results — with Drivetime gaining an impressive 14,000 more listeners since the last set of figures.
This sees host Mary Wilson’s total hit 259,000 listeners — also up 14,000 from last year’s figure, which was 245,000. Unsurprisingly, RTE’s Liveline continues to draw the big numbers — with Joe Duffy pulling in a massive 428,000 listeners. He gained a further 11,000 listeners since the last set of figures, while Derek Mooney pulled in 6,000 extra listeners in the same period.
Marian Finucane’s Sunday show plummeted the most, losing 23,000 listeners since the last set of figures. Miriam O’Callaghan’s Miriam Meets show was not far behind with a loss of 16,000 since the last set of figures. It wasn’t all rosy in the garden for The John Murray Show either, as it lost 7,000 listeners since the last set of figures — while Today with Pat Kenny was down 5,000 in the same period, as was Morning Ireland.
At Newstalk, the loss of presenter Ivan Yates could be a contributing factor for the drop in listeners for Newstalk Breakfast, which lost 5,000 listeners since the last set of figures. Despite this setback, its overall listenership figure of 133,000 is up by an impressive 23,000 listeners from this time last year.
Newstalk’s Tom Dunne (down 3,000), Damien Kiberd (down 2,000) and Sean Moncrieff (down 5,000) suffered losses since the last set of figures too. However, George Hook stayed the same since the last set of figures on 130,000 — and he has 11,000 more listeners than he did 12 months ago.