Pressure on Tubridy as ratings slump in Gerry slot
DROP: Show falls from the top 10 as 24,000 of its listeners tune out
THE pressure is on Ryan Tubridy to prove he can fill Gerry Ryan's boots.
The latest radio listenership figures show Gerry's slot on 2fm lost 24,000 listeners following the star's death in April.
Tubridy, who took over the show in late August, now has a mountain to climb to coax listeners back.
The audience has fallen to 262,000, with the stand-in Colm and Lucy Show failing to fill the void.
For the first time in a long time, the radio slot dropped out of the top 10 most listened-to shows, falling to 11th position.
At his peak, Gerry attracted well over 300,000 listeners.
Tubridy's arrival is not taken into account by the figures.
It was a Halloween horror show for most of radio's biggest names.
RTE broadcasters Marian Finucane and Miriam O'Callaghan bucked the trend with gains of 23,000 and 27,000 respectively.
The national broadcaster still occupies the top 10 positions but many high-profile presenters were nursing their pride.
Even RTE's flagship Morning Ireland suffered, with a loss of 5,000 listeners, though it is still the most tuned-into programme on the airwaves. It now has 426,000 followers every day.
The JNLR survey covers the period from October 2009 to September 2010. It is compared to the 12 months to last June.
The Tubridy Show lost a massive 21,000 fans during the period.
The programme was hosted by Tubridy until last June but it was taken over by Kathryn Thomas and Gavin Duffy during the summer. Presenter John Murray now occupies the slot but the figures do not take his tenure into account.
His former show The Business has shown a large increase, gaining 31,000.
Murray hosted it until last June, when it was taken over by former TD George Lee.
Another stalwart, Joe Duffy's Liveline, dropped 10,000 listeners and fell from number two to number three.
RTE managing director Clare Dugan pointed out that daytime programmes are down "across most national stations".
Marian Finucane's Saturday and Sunday shows both climbed the ladder.
The Saturday programme rose to 403,000, gaining 22,000 listeners, making it the second most listened-to show.
Her Sunday show gained 23,000 listeners, putting it in the number four slot.
Miriam O'Callaghan's audience for Sunday morning's Miriam Meets grew by 27,000, putting her in the top 10 for the first time.
The News at One lost 3,000 listeners and Today with Pat Kenny moved from seventh to ninth position with the loss of 6,000 listeners.
Today FM's Ray D'Arcy Show lost 17,000 listeners, bringing its audience to 218,000.
The station's The Last Word with Matt Cooper increased by 4,000 to 159,000 while its competitor Drivetime on RTE with Mary Wilson lost 8,000 listeners, bringing it to 229,000.
Newstalk's The Right Hook with George Hook gained 3,000 listeners, bringing its total to 120,000.