Latest Audience Listening Figures in Ireland


The Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) annual survey has just been published.  “RTÉ Radio 1 kept its recovery going in the final months of 2015, but Today FM and RTÉ’s 2fm both saw their listener tallies slip, latest radio ratings show.” the Irish Times reports. which has an extensive and detailed report headlines “RTÉ Radio 1 is still hammering the opposition in the radio wars” and reported that it was “a big day for Radio One today, which continued its domination of the radiowaves with a slew of great JNLR results.”

The JNLR said of the results for Quarter 2, 2015 “RTÉ will be quite happy with their figures, Today FM may not be …”
They went on to say “The general level of radio listenership in Ireland continues to be incredibly high with 25,000 more listeners than this time last year – representing a possible halt of a recent (fairly small) decline, and a jump of one percentage point, with 84% of all adults now listening to the radio every day.”


The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland produced this infographic to demonstrate the popularity of radio compared with other types of media: has more detail, but these are the headlines

Today FM
The big success for Today FM is the Breakfast Show, presented by Ian Dempsey, which is up 6,000 since the last figures, with an audience share of 187,000.
Today FM holds onto its position as Ireland’s largest independent radio station, with a weekly audience of almost 900,000 listeners

  • Anton Savage is down 8,000 year-on-year, with 183,000 audience share.
  • Dermot and Dave are down 2,000, with an audience share of 121,000.
  • Louise Duffy is down 4,000 with an audience of 94,000.
  • Matt Cooper is down 3,000 with an audience share of 132,000.
  • Alison Curtis is up 6,000 on Saturdays
  • Phil Cawley is up 8,000 on Sundays.


  • Chris Donoghue and Ivan Yates’ Newstalk Breakfast up 6,000 year-on-year, with an audience share of 171,000.
  • Pat Kenny is down 1,000 since last time out, with an audience share of 133,000.
  • The Right Hook has daily listeners of 145,000.

Radio 1

  • Morning Ireland has the biggest listenership in the country, with an audience share of 448,000.
  • Ryan Tubridy up by 7,000 since the last figures were released.
  • Sean O’Rourke‘s audience share of 331,000.
  • Ronan Collins 220,000 audience share.
  • News At One has seen a 34,000 leap in listenership in a year, with 346,000 Liveline up 9,000 to 387,000 audience share.
  • Ray D’Arcy up 22,000 with 215,000 listeners.
  • Drivetime is up 18,000 year-on year, with a 240,000 audience share.
  • Marian Finucane is down 4,000 since the last figures, but up 26,000 year-on-year.
  • Saturday with Claire Byrne is up 39,000 in a year.


There were drops across the board except for Louise McSharry.

  • Breakfast Republic is down 15,000 since the last figures in November, with an audience share of 181,000.
  • Nicky Byrne is down 6,000, with an audience share of 157,00.
  • Tracy Clifford, who started her show last year, is at 129,000 listeners every day.
  • Eoin McDermott is down 2,000, with an audience share of 117,000.
  • However, Louise McSharry up 3,000 year-on-year.

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