Latest JNLR: Irish listeners still tuning into RTÉ Radio in huge numbers

Irish listeners turn on RTÉ Radio stations in huge numbers as 1.93 million, 47% of the Irish Adult 15+ population tune in every week*

RTÉ Radio 1 holds 17 of the top 20 radio programmes in Ireland with listeners engaging in a wide range of content across all genres including, News and Current Affairs, Music and Entertainment, Sport and Arts and Culture.

RTÉ Radio 1 sees encouraging growth with 35-54's and it remains the only station with a weekly reach of over +1 million (at 1,347,000).

RTÉ Radio 1’s weekday share stands at 19.8%, RTÉ 2FM’s share is 5.8%, with RTÉ lyric fm’s share at 2.4%.

RTÉ Radio 1  

  • Morning Ireland remains Ireland’s most listened to radio programme, with 437,000 listeners this book.  (+4,000 BoB)
  • The Ryan Tubridy Show broadcasts to 335,000 listeners each weekday. (+4,000 BoB)
  • Today with Claire Byrne has 327,000 listeners this book. (+6,000 BoB)
  • Afternoon programming remains the most listened to with The Louise Duffy Show (213,000), News at One (299,000), Liveline with Joe Duffy (306,000) and The Ray D'Arcy Show (181,000).
  • Drivetime with Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra has 214,000 listeners each weekday evening. (+6,000 BoB)
  • On weekends Brendan O’ Connor has 327,000 listeners on Saturdays and 319,000 listeners on Sundays.
  • 292,000 listeners tune in to hear Miriam O’ Callaghan on Sunday mornings.
  • Newcomer to the slot Saturday with Colm Ó Mongáin has increased his audience to 195,000
  • Saturday and Sunday Sport have seen huge gains up 15,000 and 13,000 respectively.


Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said, "The increase in the listenership across the morning and late afternoon is very welcome. It's a tribute to the focus and commitment of our teams and we will continue to refine our output. Weekend programmes have always fluctuated - but the position of so many of those programmes in the top ten underlines our continuing pre-eminence and connection with the audience. This was a good book."


  • 2FM Breakfast with Doireann, Donncha, and Carl  has 135,000 listeners tuning in on weekday mornings (+6,000 BoB).
  • Jennifer Zamparelli has 133,000 listeners to her morning show
  • Drive it with the 2 Johnnies continues to draw listeners across the country in the afternoons with 130,000 listeners. (+11,000 BoB)


Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ Radio Strategy and RTÉ 2FM said, Overall 2FM, has performed well. This is the first time that we have a full 12-month view of the 2 Johnnies since they joined the station in February last year. Their daily reach ( IPSOS MRBI/JNLR 2023-1) has grown by 11,000 adults since the last survey and with significant growth every quarter hour from 3pm. Doireann, Donncha and Carl also continue to grow from survey to survey. Their daily reach has increased by 21,000 from this time last year from 114,00 to 135,000.The new weekend schedule has bedded in quickly and we will have a clearer picture of how that is performing in the next survey.

I want to thank everyone at 2FM, both on and off air for their creativity and hard work. Most importantly I want to thank our audience ,who despite the changing audio environment and irrespective of what device is used to listen, they know there is nothing better than live radio.”

RTÉ lyric fm

  • RTÉ lyric fm has attracted new listeners in the A35 -54 group growing from 3% to 4%.
  • Marty in the Morning has 57,000 listeners tuning in weekday mornings (+1,000 BoB)
  • Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime has 44,000 listeners mid-morning (+3,000 BoB)
  • The Hamilton Scores with George Hamilton on Saturdays has 42,000 listeners (+6,000 BoB)
  • Vespertine with Ellen Cranitch has 5,000 new listeners come to the show over the last year.
  •  The Mystery Train with John Kelly on Sundays sees a gain of 4,000 listeners over the last year.


Sinéad Wylde, Head of RTÉ lyric fm said, "There has been continued growth in the early and mid-morning on RTÉ lyric fm with increases for both Marty in the Morning with Marty Whelan, 7.00 - 10.00am, as 1,000 new listeners tune in along with 3,000 new listeners joining Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime from 10.00am. One interesting reveal in this book is the growth in the number of Adults 35 - 54 listeners who have come to us over the last year, increasing from 3% to 4%. This is an encouraging development that indicates changes made in RTÉ lyric fm programming are having a broader audience appeal."