Record BBC Radio 6 Music listeners and increased BBC digital radio audiences

UK: BBC Radio 6 Music has attracted a record 2.43 million listeners in the latest rating figures released by RAJAR. Across BBC Radio’s digital stations there have been increases in listeners in Q3.



Across BBC Radio’s digital stations there have been increases in listeners this quarter. As it celebrates its 15th anniversary – and after winning National Station of the Year at last week’s ARIAS – BBC Radio 1Xtra has 1.14m listeners (aged 10+), compared to 1.08m last quarter and 1.09m last year.

BBC Radio 4 Extra attracted 2.15 million listeners aged 15+ per week (from 2.09m last quarter and 2.04m last year), and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra posted 1.64 million listeners (from 1.25m last quarter and 1.60m last year).

BBC Radio 6 Music has seen increases in listeners across the schedule with Lauren Laverne (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm), Radcliffe and Maconie (Mon-Fri 1-4pm), and Steve Lamacq (Mon-Fri 4-7pm) also pulling in over a million listeners.

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, says:

– These are great results for BBC 6 Music which is one of the most exciting radio innovations in the last twenty years and is second to none for its brilliant roster of music curators across the schedule. It’s pleasing to see continued growth of all our digital stations with their unique range of programming from classic comedy and sports to urban music and specialist DJs.

All BBC Radio’s weekly reach over the period (Q3 26 June – 17 September 2017) was 34.85 million (34.95m last quarter and 34.82m last year) and a share of 52.1% (52.3% last quarter and 51.5% last year).

BBC Radio 1 posted a reach of 10.5m listeners aged 10+ (from 10.5m last quarter and 10.9m last year) and the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw attracts 5.29m listeners per week compared to nearly 6m last quarter and 5.7m last year. The data shows that the station has 9.7 million listeners aged 15+ (from 9.59m last quarter and 9.87m last year) while the network’s share of listening was 5.9% (from 6.2% last quarter and 6% last year).

BBC Radio 2’s weekly audience was 15.36 million (from 14.88m last quarter and 15.14m last year) while the station’s share of listening was 17.5% (16.8% last quarter and 16.7% last year). The Chris Evans Breakfast Show attracted 9.35 million listeners per week, compared to 9.01m last quarter and 9.06m last year.

BBC Radio 3’s audience was 1.96 million (from 2.06m last quarter and 1.98m last year) and its share was 1.1% (1.2% last quarter and 1.2% last year).

BBC Radio 4 posted a weekly reach of 11.22 million during the quarter (11.55m last quarter and 11.23m last year) and a share of 11.8% (12.3% last quarter and 11.8% last year). The Today programme has 7.06 million listeners each week, from a record 7.66m last quarter and 7.1m last year.

BBC Radio 5 live posted a reach of 5.07 million listeners (5.32m last quarter and 5.50m last year) and a share of 3.4% (3.4% last quarter and 3.5% last year).

BBC Radio 1Xtra had a reach of 1.08m weekly listeners aged 15+ across the period (from 1.03m last quarter and 1.03m last year) and BBC Radio 6 Music drew 2.43 million listeners (from 2.24m last quarter and 2.34m last year).

BBC Asian Network drew 662,000 listeners, compared to 646,000 listeners last quarter and 662,000 last year.

The BBC World Service posted a weekly UK audience of 1.49 million (from 1.59m last quarter and 1.54m last year).

BBC Local Radio reached 8.25 million listeners per week, from 8.63m last quarter and 8.43m last year.

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