Chris Evans manages highest ever audience of 9 82 million as record numbers tune into radio

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Brits are going ga ga for radio – with record numbers tuning in to listen to music and chat on the airwaves.

The latest Rajar ratings showed that 48.4 million people over the age of 15 were listening from September to December last year – up 1.4m and 2.9 percent on the same quarter last year.
And that represents 91 percent of the available audience with listeners averaging 21.3 hours in that quarter.

On Radio 2, Chris Evans managed his highest ever audience of 9.82 million, getting closer to the 10 million mark which has not been achieved on a breakfast show since the Rajars way of recording figures began. That compared to 9.35m last quarter and 9.52m last year.

Radio 2’s weekly audience grew to a new high of 15.51 million, from 15.11m last year and 14.94m last quarter with Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright also enjoying record numbers.

The Nick Grimshaw Breakfast Show added 700,000 listeners over the quarter to register a weekly audience of 6.29 million. This meant Grimmy was up 5.58 m last quarter and 6.69m the same time last year. Radio 1 attracted 10.97 million listeners during the period.

PA Grimmy added 700,000 listeners
Radio 4 posted a record weekly reach of 11.21 million and BBC Radio 5 live posted a combined reach with sister station 5 live sports extra of 6.53 million listeners, up from 6.27m last year and level on last quarter’s 6.53m.

Among digital-only stations, Radio 6 Music and Asian Network attracted record numbers of listeners; Radio 6 Music drew 1.96 million listeners – from 1.89m last year and 1.73m last quarter – while the Asian Network saw its audience rise to 668,000 – from 453,000 last year and 555,000 last quarter.

Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio, said: “These figures are wonderful news for the radio industry and Britain’s love affair with radio shows no signs of cooling. We are a nation of audiophiles and so, despite the ever-increasing competition for people’s time and the growing range of online audio providers, radio is thriving in the digital age.

I’m delighted that the BBC’s distinctive portfolio of stations is proving so enduringly popular and helping the UK radio industry go from strength to strength.”
A huge 24 million adults now have access to a DAB radios, up 10 percent year-on-year.
In commercial radio, the Absolute radio stations managed 1.7m, the same as the previous year.
Capital was up 10 percent with 7.5million listeners and Heart managed 7.3million listeners.


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