RYAN Tubridy was on top yesterday after his radio show saw a huge boost in listeners to make it Ireland’s second biggest show.
Last night RTE Radio One chief Peter Woods hailed the Late Late Show presenter’s ‘phenomenal performance’ as his audience soared by 7,000 to 366,000.
He told the Irish Sun: “There is no doubt that Ryan is attracting a following. Despite all his affability, Ryan works and does not rest on his laurels.
The latest official figures from Joint National Listenership Research also showed Claire Byrne got a boost – with 346,000 punters tuning in to her Today show on Radio One, a jump of 6,000.
Morning Ireland continues to be the number one show in the country, with 459,000 people glued to the station, 9,000 more than previous figures.
But Joe Duffy’s Liveline saw a slight drop from 3,000 to 343,000.
After station RTE reigned supreme in the numbers, radio boss Peter said he was happy with his current stable of presenters.
And despite the recent Golfgate trial that ended without any convictions, the big shot has shown little appetite for giving Sean O’Rourke a new radio slot.
The former Today host’s plans for a return to the airwaves were put on ice after it emerged he attended the event in Clifden, Co Galway, in August 2020.
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O’Rourke recently said he was “hopeful” to work with the state broadcaster again after the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner was not illegal.
But Peter told the Irish Sun: “There are no ongoing negotiations between Sean and RTE Radio but I’m not ruling anything out.
“RTE said ‘the door is always open to Sean’. I would say the same. But if you look at the people on the list (JNLR), they all work well.
Brendan O’Connor was the third most listened to show on Irish radio, down slightly from 15,000 to 351,000 on Saturday and just 6,000 to 323,000 on Sunday.
And Mr Woods praised the columnist, telling us: ‘I remember the pictures of the face of Brendan’s predecessor, Marian Finucane, in the newspaper going up and down on JNLR day because the weekends are always unstable. Brendan has a massive following every weekend and does very well.
THE RETURN OF 2FM
Meanwhile, RTE 2fm also staged a comeback after a shock when revealing the latest figures.
Breakfast with Doireann Garrihy, Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullan rose by 8,000 to 111,000 and Jennifer Zamparelli’s show gained 1,000 to reach 141,000.
Tracy Clifford also earned the same amount to 129,000, while Jenny Greene’s show rose by 8,000 to 129,000 – with The 2 Johnnies taking over 3pm later this month.
2fm boss Dan Healy said yesterday: “With The 2 Johnnies we’re going to have two breakfast shows at different times of the day.”
The RTE boss praised Today FM breakfast host Ian Dempsey who was up again, gaining 6,000 to hit 184,000.
Dan joked, “Ian is brilliant. I just couldn’t afford it.
Further rises on Today FM saw Dermot and Dave jump 3,000 to 208,000, while Matt Cooper jumped 3,000 to 173,000.
WLR also celebrated after JNLR confirmed it was the station of choice in Waterford, with 67,000 local listeners tuning in.
Cork’s 96FM and C103 were delighted to see their market share grow – KC & Ross in the Morning on 96FM continuing to be the top music and entertainment breakfast show on Leeside.
96FM is now at 20.7% from 19.6% three months ago while C103 is at 13.1% from 12.9%.
The latest JNLR figures are between May and December 2021