And now, in true radio style, it’s the top thirty. Only seven of the nation’s top thirty have put on listeners over the twelve months with the other twenty three dropping listeners. Nine of the top shows are on a Saturday, six on a Sunday and the final fifteen are all weekday programmes.  

There are two new entrants in the shape of Alison Curtis on Today FM and Pat Kenny on Newstalk, bizarrely enough. as he’d only literally warmed the chair at this point last year. The two programmes that lost out and fell from the top thirty are George Hook (-4,000) and Dermot and Dave (-10,000). 

The top ten remained in the top ten in their same pecking order, although all with reduced numbers collectively* shaking off 7% of their listeners. Morning Ireland was still the biggest draw attracting 426,000 listeners but down down 5% in the previous year. Then comes Liveline some 48,000 listeners behind Morning Ireland and attracting 378,000 every day and Marian takes slots three and four. *Mathematically spurious given duplication etc – but still it’s just for affect.   

          2014Q4 2013Q4 Ch '000 Ch % #'13
1 Radio1  W/D 07.00-09.00  Morning Ireland 426 449 -23 -5.1% 1
2 Radio1  W/D 13.45-15.00  Liveline 378 399 -21 -5.3% 2
3 Radio1  Sat 11.00-13.00  Marian Finucane 366 376 -10 -2.7% 3
4 Radio1  Sun 11.00-13.00  Marian Finucane 351 353 -2 -0.6% 4
5 Radio1  W/D 13.00-13.45  News at One 312 349 -37 -10.6% 5
6 Radio1  W/D 10.00-12.00  Sean O'Rourke 298 327 -29 -8.9% 6
7 Radio1  W/D 09.00-10.00  John Murray 295 324 -29 -9.0% 7
8 Radio1  Sat 10.00-11.00  The Business 278 322 -44 -13.7% 8
9 Radio1  Sat 09.00-10.00  Playback 259 290 -31 -10.7% 9
10 Radio1  Sun 10.00-11.00  Miriam Meets 239 261 -22 -8.4% 10
11 Radio1  W/D 16.30-19.00  Drivetime 222 242 -20 -8.3% 11
12 Today  W/D 09.00-12.00  The Ray D'Arcy Show 215 230 -15 -6.5% 13
13 Radio1  W/D 12.00-13.00  Ronan Collins 209 230 -21 -9.1% 13
14 Radio1  Sat 13.00-14.00  Brian Dowling 206 226 -20 -8.8% 16
15 Radio1  Sun 09.00-10.00  Sunday Miscellany 206 241 -35 -14.5% 12
16 Radio1  Sat 08.00-09.00  Countrywide 202 228 -26 -11.4% 15
17 Radio1  Sun 13.00-14.00  This Week 198 177 21 11.9% 20
18 Radio1  W/D 15.00-16.30  Mooney 193 219 -26 -11.9% 17
19 Today  W/D 07.00-09.00  Ian Dempsey 187 189 -2 -1.1% 18
20 2FM  W/D 08.45-11.00* Tubridy 177 152 25 16.4% 24
21 Radio1  Sat 14.00-18.00  Sport 176 185 -9 -4.9% 19
22 Radio1  Sun 14.00-18.00  Sport 176 171 5 2.9% 21
23 Newstalk  W/D 07.00-10.00  Breakfast 165 126 39 31.0% 29
24 Today  W/D 16.30-19.00  Matt Cooper 154 160 -6 -3.8% 23
25 Radio1  Sun 08.00-09.00  World Report  153 161 -8 -5.0% 22
26 Newstalk  W/D 10.00-12.30  Pat Kenny 142 96 46 47.9% 39
27 2FM  W/D 11.00-14.00* Nicky Byrne 140 134 6 4.5% 26
28 Today  Sat 08.00-11.00* Alison Curtis 135 84 51 60.7% 43
29 Today  Sat 11.00-14.00  Phil Cawley 135 135 0 0.0% 25
30 Today  Sat 14.00-18.00  Sport 132 133 -1 -0.8% 27

Gains

Looking at those on the margins now we see that the biggest gain was Alison Curtis, per say. The asterisk denotes that because of a time slot change the figures between 2014Q4 and 2013Q4 are not directly comparable. In this case the 8:00-11:00 show is compared to the 10:00-11:00 show in ‘13Q4. Same with Tubridy where a clever 15 minutes was added to the show so it commenced at 8:45 as opposed to 9:00 – which seems to have worked.

# '14 Station Day Time Programme 2014Q4 2013Q4 Ch '000 Ch %
28 Today  Sat 08.00-11.00* Alison Curtis 135 84 51 60.7%
26 Newstalk  W/D 10.00-12.30  Pat Kenny 142 96 46 47.9%
23 Newstalk  W/D 07.00-10.00  Breakfast 165 126 39 31.0%
20 2FM  W/D 08.45-11.00* Tubridy 177 152 25 16.4%
17 Radio1  Sun 13.00-14.00  This Week 198 177 21 11.9%

Falls

Of those who lost out the greatest, all bar none came from Radio 1 and four of them from the weekend schedule and three of them on Saturday. I’m not reading in to much on that – merely highlighting the fact that Saturday 8:00 until 11:00 looks under pressure.    

# '14 Station Day Time Programme 2014Q4 2013Q4 Ch '000 Ch %
15 Radio1  Sun 09.00-10.00  Sunday Miscellany 206 241 -35 -14.5%
8 Radio1  Sat 10.00-11.00  The Business 278 322 -44 -13.7%
18 Radio1  W/D 15.00-16.30  Mooney 193 219 -26 -11.9%
16 Radio1  Sat 08.00-09.00  Countrywide 202 228 -26 -11.4%
9 Radio1  Sat 09.00-10.00  Playback 259 290 -31 -10.7%