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Irish Mirror
Sandra Mallon

Rumoured Late Late Show host Brendan O'Connor and Miriam O'Callaghan lose listeners in latest ratings

Rumoured Late Late Show host Brendan O’Connor has lost more than 10,000 listeners to his radio show, according to latest listenership ratings.

Figures released by the Joint National Listenership Ratings reveal O’Connor – who is rumoured as well as Patrick Kielty to be in the running as the next host of the Friday night chat show – lost 11,000 listeners to his Saturday programme, leaving him with 327,000 tuning in.

As many as 319,000 listen to his Sunday show – a drop of another 10,000.

READ MORE: Crunch talks at RTE Radio 1 as latest JNLR figures show plummet in ratings as Today FM celebrates increase

Miriam O’Callaghan’s audience was also down. As many as 292,000 listened in during this quarter – a drop of 25,000.

Over at RTE Radio 1 , the station made small gains since their last two books – which promoted crunch talks with station bosses at the time.

Morning Ireland saw a 4,000 increase to 437,000 and Ryan Tubridy gained 4,000 extra listeners. He now has 335,000 tuning in each morning.

Claire Byrne saw a 6,000 increase. She now has an audience of 327,000.

But newbie Louise Duffy, who took over from Ronan Collins earlier this year, has lost 9,000 listeners to her mid-morning slot. She has 213,000 listeners.

Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ (Andres Poveda)

Bryan Dobson’s News At One saw a 11,000 drop – 299,000 now tune in, while Joe Duffy’s Liveline also lost 4,000 listeners. Joe now has 306,000 tuning in.

Ray D’Arcy celebrated an extra 4,000 listeners – his afternoon show now has 181,000, while Drivetime gained 6,000 listeners, with hosts Sarah McInerney and Cormac O’hEadhra with 214,000.

Over at 2FM, Breakfast Republic gained 6,000 listeners. Carl Mullan, Doireann Garrihy and Donncha O’Callaghan now have 135,000, while Jennifer Zamparelli lost 1,000. She now has 133,000, according to the latest listenership figures.

And the 2Johnnies saw a jump of 11,000 to their afternoon radio show. They now have 130,000 listeners, while Tracy Clifford lost 7,000 – leaving her with 109,000.

RTE’s legendary Marty Whelan is celebrating a big win today – he’s gained 8,000 listeners to his Lyric FM show leaving him with 57,000 daily tuning in. An insider said Marty’s figures continue to rise as listeners “need escapism” at times.

Over at Today FM, the station has similar winners and losers.

Ian Dempsey gained 5,000 listeners to his morning breakfast show. He now has 208,000 since the last book, while Dermot and Dave lost 2,000, leaving them with 205,000.

Pamela Joyce gained 2,000, seeing the presenter with 136,000, while Ray Foley gained 3,000. Ray now has 163,000 listeners.

And Matt Cooper’s The Last Word lost 4,000, leaving him with 168,000 listeners.

There were gains too across Today FM’s weekend schedule; Louise Cantillon is proving a hit with national audiences as she saw listenership of her Saturday show grow to 134,000, an increase of 12,000, while Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis also saw increases with Today FM’s Saturday morning audience now at 179,000 – an increase of 9,000.

Louise said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results, and so grateful to everyone who tunes in. I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend my weekends, playing the music you love and using an cúpla focal on a national platform. Míle maith agaibh agus ar aghaidh linn arís.“

Meanwhile, Newstalk’s Breakfast were down 3,000, leaving them with 149,000, while Pat Kenny managed to maintain his listenership the same as the last quarter with 174,000 listeners.

Newstalk’s Lunchtime have 106,000 listeners, no change from the last book, while Moncrieff saw a 2,000 gain, leaving him with 98,000 listeners and the Hard Shoulder lost 7,000 listeners. The show now has 152,000 people tuning in.


RTE Radio 1
Morning Ireland – 437,000 up 4,000
Ryan Tubridy – 335,000 up 4,000
Today with Claire Byrne – 327,000 up 6,000
Louise Duffy – 213,000 down 9000
News at One – 299,000 down 11,000
Liveline – 306,000 down 4,000
Ray D’Arcy – 181,000 up 4,000
Drivetime – 214,000 up 6,000

Brendan O’Connor (SAT) – 327,000 down 11,000
Brendan O’Connor (SUN) 319,000 down 10,000
Sunday with Miriam O’Callaghan: 292,000 down 11,000

Breakfast on 2FM – 135,000 up 6,000
Jennifer Zamparelli – 133,0000 down 1,000
Tracey Clifford – 109,000 down 7,000
The 2 Johnnies – 130,000 up 11,000

Today FM
Ian Dempsey – 208,000 up 5,000
Dermot and Dave – 205,000 down 2,000
Pamela Joyce – 136,000 up 2,000
Ray Foley – 163,000 up 3,000
The Last Word – 168,000 down 4,000

Pat Kenny – 174,000 no change
Newstalk Breakfast – 149,000 down 3,000
Lunchtime – 106,000 no change
Moncrieff – 98,000 up 2,000
The Hard Shoulder – 152,000 down 7,000


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