With a new year comes new radio figures and the latest JNLR results show that female radio hosts are proving a popular choice with listeners.

Showing there really is nothing they cannot do, although we knew this already from their co-hosting of Dancing With The Stars, RTÉ’s Jennifer Zamparelli and Doireann Garrihy have both seen an increase in the listenership of their 2FM shows.

Jennifer’s show, which airs during the week from 9am to 12pm, has seen an increase of 3,000 listeners, bringing her total up to 134,000. Meanwhile, Doireann, who co-presents the 2FM’s Breakfast Show from 6am to 9am with Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullan, is celebrating a 5,000 increase in listenership to reach 129,000.

Over at Today FM, Pamela Joyce will also be popping the Champagne as her radio show has gained 4,000 new listeners in the latest numbers, for the period January to December 2022, bringing her audience to 134,000. What a lovely way to mark one year in the slot!

Newstalk’s Ciara Kelly, who co-presents the Breakfast show alongside Shane Coleman, has also seen an increase in listenership to see the number of people tuning into her show raise to 152,000.

It’s not such great news for other big names at RTÉ with Tracy Clifford having lost 4,000 listeners to mean that her show now has an audience of 116,000 and the Today with Claire Byrne show is down 10,000 to now stand at 321,000 in the figures.

Drivetime, which is presented by Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra, has lost 4,000 listeners and now stands at 208,000 while the now female-led Ronan Collins show has also seen a decrease, shedding 11,000 to stand at 222,000. However, new host Louise Duffy has only been leading the show for a few months.

Male-led shows on RTÉ have suffered the worst in the latest figures. Joe Duffy’s Liveline suffered a drop of 11,000 listeners. The show now has an audience figure of 310,000.

Another major show to suffer an even bigger hit was Morning Ireland which has lost 17,000 listeners from the previous set of numbers and now has a total of 433,000.

The Late Late Show’s host Ryan Tubridy has also shed 13,000 listeners from his radio show. His show now has an audience of 331,000.

The lads at Today FM fared better with Dermot & Dave adding 9,000 listeners to break over the 200K mark and make their audience stand at 207,000. 

Ian Dempsey’s listenership has also increased to 203,000, an addition of 4,000, and Matt Cooper’s The Last Word now entertains 172,000, an 8,000 increase.

Ray Foley saw the biggest increase at Today FM with his afternoon show now boasting 160,000 listeners, an increase of 11,000. This is now the most successful show in that time-slot in the history of the station.

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