Irish Radio listeners tune in to over 4hrs a day, with over 2 million tuning into RTÉ

Over 2 million radio listeners tune in to RTÉ each week with 2,014,000 or 52% of the Adult 15+ population listening. RTÉ Radio 1 is the only station with a weekly reach of over 1 million people at 1,387,000 (+1,000 BoB). The Top 20 National Radio Programmes amongst all adults 15+ is made up entirely of RTÉ programmes and shows RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast Republic moving up the table to 17th place.

RTÉ 2FM has a weekly reach figure of 837,000/22% of Adults 15+. RTÉ lyric fm has 265,000 listeners on a weekly basis and no change in weekday share of 1.7%.


RTÉ Radio 1

RTÉ Radio 1 is the only Irish radio station with a weekly reach of over 1 Million. The station maintains its 21.9% Share.

  • Morning Ireland  is the most listened to radio programme in Ireland, with 439,000 listeners (+5,000 BoB and +16,000 YoY).
  • Liveline with Joe Duffy draws 381,000 listeners every weekday (+7,000 BoB and +8,000 YoY), the second most listened to radio programme in Ireland.
  • News at One  with Aine Lawlor and Claire Byrne saw an increase BoB to 343,000 listeners (+2,000 BoB and +16,000 YoY).
  • The Ryan Tubridy Show has seen an increase of 12,000 listeners in this book bringing his reach to 325,000 (+12,000 BoB and +7,000 YoY). Ryan is now in the top 5 most listened to radio programmes for Adults 15+.
  • The Ray D’Arcy Showadds listeners to his radio show with 221,000 listeners (+2,000 BoB and +14,000 YoY) tuning in weekday afternoons from 3pm.
  • Drivetime with Mary Wilson 221,000 listeners each weekday.
  • With 320,000 listeners Today with Sean O’Rourke gains 3,000 listeners (BoB and +8,000 YoY).
  • The Marian Finucane Show sees an increase of 18,000 listeners on Saturday to 364,000 listeners (BoB).
  • Music on RTÉ Radio 1 continues to see a rise in listenership, with The Ronan Collins Show gaining 4,000 (BoB and +12,000 YoY) now with 221,000 listeners, The John Creedon Show has 46,000 listeners (+4,000 BoB) across weekdays with weekend gains for Céilí House (at 19,000, +3,000 BoB), South Wind Blows (at 17,000, +4,000 BoB) and the Rolling Wave (at 19,000, +2,000 BoB).
  • Playbackgains 10,000 (YoY) now with 292,000 listeners.
  • Arts programming also sees gains for Arena (at 35,000, +1,000 BoB), The Book Show (at 19,000, +3,000 BoB) and The Poetry Programme(18,000, +3,000 BoB).



“I'm delighted that RTÉ Radio 1 has retained its loyal audience and welcomed new listeners to daily shows in the latest JNLR survey.  It is a tribute to our programme makers and contributors that more than 1.3 million people tune in to RTÉ Radio 1 every week for a schedule that entertains and informs across all genres.

– Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1



RTÉ 2FM holds its weekly reach figure of 22% of Adults 15+. RTÉ 2FM has a Market Share of 7%. 4 out of the top 5 programmes for Adults 15-34 are 2FM show.

  • RTÉ 2FM has a weekly reach figure of 837,000/22% of Adults 15+.
  • Breakfast Republic moves to number 17 in the country with 187,000 listeners with an increase of 1,000 (YoY). Number one programme in the country for A15-34.
  • The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene has gained 3,000 YoY to 153,000.
  • The Tracy Clifford Show has grown to 145,000 an increase of 12,000 listeners YoY and 3,000 (BoB).
  • The Eoghan McDermott Show gains 4,000 listeners to 138,000 (YoY).



"2FM continues its steady progress and is now the largest national station for 15-34 year olds with a market of 13.6% compared to Today fm on 9.5%. We continue to provide exclusive programming which supports Irish music with initiatives such as 2FM Rising and of course The RTÉ Choice Music  Awards."

– Dan Healy, Head of Radio Strategy and RTÉ 2FM


RTÉ lyric fm

RTÉ lyric fm reaches 265,000 Adults weekly and 120,000 Adults 15+ every weekday. The station has a market share of 1.7% for adults 15+. 

  • Marty in the Morning programme reaches 41,000 adults 15+.
  • Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime reaches 27,000 adults 15+.
  • The Full Score with Liz Nolan reaches 33,000 adults 15+.
  • Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive reaches 39,000 adults 15+.
  • The Mystery Train with John Kelly reaches 22,000 adults 15+.
  • Movies and Musicals reaches 42,000 adults 15+ (Saturday).
  • The Hamilton Scores reaches 32,000 adults 15+ (Saturday).



“This consistent book for RTÉ lyric fm is another confirmation that quality classical music has an audience on the island of Ireland and we at RTÉ lyric fm are honoured to be the broadcast custodians of that important music tradition.”

– Aodán O’Dubhghaill, Head of RTÉ lyric fm