Released today, the JNRS for the period July – June 2010 show that readership of morning titles is down 86,000 compared to the same period 12 months prior and, conversely, the Sunday market in up 57k.

The shift in the two markets could show a change of buying habits. Many may be abandoning the daily read in favour of reading a paper only on a Sunday.    

The survey showed that 56% of the population read a daily papers while some 70% read a Sunday paper.

Individually there were differing results. In the Mornings, still retaining top slot is the Irish Independent with 560k readers (+5). This is followed by the Daily Star at 410k (-52) and then the Irish Times at 359k (-5). The NNI were quick to point out that the decrease in the morning readership can be attributed to the rise in unemployment – which is fairly plausible and could account for the 11% drip in readership of the Daily Star and the 8% drop for The Sun. Both papers would have had a strong loyalty in the ‘trades’ and many once employed tradesperson could well be seeking employment currently.

The Evening Market (such a misnomer at this point) is seeing yet another serious decline. The Evening Herald readership stands at 260k down 61k (or 20%) on the previous survey. One point is that the (seemingly) popular “In Dublin” magazine wrapped in the paper on a Thursday would not have been fully factored in this survey. Although one good day can’t really make up for 5 terrible ones.

The Sunday Market still have the Sunday Independent in top spot at 992k (-11). However their sales patter will not have that same flow. The ‘over a million readers’ line is gone. Its only down 11k but the psychology of dipping below one million is what matters. Their nearest rival is the Sunday World at 843k down 40k year on year. The stars of the Sunday market this time around are the Mail on Sunday up 37k and the Sunday Times up a very impressive 51k – the highest gainer in the survey. In percentage terms the Sunday Business Post gained nearly 20% year on year, which they have to happy about.     

 

Daily Titles: ‘000 %   ‘000  %     +/- % diff
Irish Independent 560 15.90% 555 15.70% 5 1%
Irish Daily Star 410 11.60% 462 13.10% -52 -11%
Irish Times 359 10.20% 364 10.30% -5 -1%
Irish Sun 285 8.10% 311 8.80% -26 -8%
Irish Examiner 204 5.80% 210 6.00% -6 -3%
Irish Daily Mirror 204 5.80% 204 5.80% 0 0%
Irish Daily Mail 144 4.10% 146 4.10% -2 -1%
Readership of Daily Titles  2166 61.50% 2252 63.80% -86 -4%
Evening Titles: ‘000 % ‘000 %
Evening Herald 260 7.40% 321 9.10% -61 -19%
Readership of Evening Titles 260 7.40% 321 9.10% -61 -19%
Sunday Titles: ‘000 % ‘000 %
Sunday Independent 992 28.20% 1003 28.40% -11 -1%
Sunday World 843 23.90% 883 25.00% -40 -5%
Irish News of the World 533 15.10% 529 15.00% 4 1%
Sunday Times 422 12.00% 371 10.50% 51 14%
Irish Mail on Sunday 332 9.40% 295 8.30% 37 13%
Irish Daily Star Sunday 213 6.10% 232 6.60% -19 -8%
Sunday Business Post 193 5.50% 162 4.60% 31 19%
Sunday Tribune 167 4.70% 172 4.90% -5 -3%
Irish Sunday Mirror 146 4.20% 137 3.90% 9 7%
Readership of Sunday Titles 3841 3784 57 2%
Other Titles: ‘000 % ‘000 %
Irish Farmers Journal 259 7.30% 240 6.80% 19 8%
Readership of Other Titles: 259 7.30% 240 6.80% 19 8%