Latest radio ratings show Rush rules the roost

by editor on April 18, 2009

When it comes to ratings, Rush Limbaugh is not blowing smoke.

When it comes to ratings, Rush Limbaugh is not blowing smoke.

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity seem to leave all the other talkers in the radio ratings dust. And although Limbaugh’s lead over Hannity appears slim at first glance, deeper analysis shows that Rush leaves Hannity in the dust, too.

Talkers Magazine says Limbaugh has “a minimum” of 14.75 million listeners who tune in at least once per week. Hannity comes in a close second with 13.75 million.

Limbaugh’s achievement is even more remarkable than it may seem because Hannity’s potential audience is much larger than Limbaugh’s.

Hannity airs 3 pm-6 pm EST. So his entire show airs in radio’s “primetime” in the East and portions of it air in “primetime” everywhere except the Pacific Coast.

Limbaugh’s program airs noon-three pm EST, a virtual dead zone for radio. One of the reasons for his success in syndication is that he brings his affiliates a highly-entertaining, highly-rated program that makes that makes it easy for them to sell advertising time in a daypart on which they used to lose money.

Here’s a complete list of the Top 10:

Top Ten Radio Ratings Rush Rules

One other comment:

Ed Schultz has 2,500,000 listeners? OK, now we think the whole survey may be bogus.

Source: Talkers Magazine via LARadio.com

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ERC
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It’s great to see Savage toward the top of the list. As good as he is you’d think he’d above Hannity. I can only listen to about 30 minutes max. of Sean. He’s a Republican honk that won’t spout out against his own party. To Sean it’s Republican good…Democrat bad. Why can’t he make his own observations and come up with his own solution or conclusions? That’s what makes Savage the best. He’s not in bed with either party. It’s too easy to label one party as better than the other. As a matter of fact it’s seer laziness. Savage calls it as he sees it and I’ll continue to listen as long as he does.

DW
Guest

Where do some of the bigger sports talk shows fit in? I would have to think Mike&Mike or Jim Rome would be near the bottom of the top 10.

James A. Webster
Guest

I listen to Laura Ingraham on the internet, then to Rush on radio, Sean on radio, then Mark Levin on the internet. I’m retired and that pretty much takes up my day. Sunday nights I never miss Bill Cunningham. Bill was the only one I heard who defended Savage from the Brits. Sorry nobody else bothered to do the same.

sheryl
Guest

I like Bill Cunningham too. He used to be on at an odd hour, but i would still catch him on occasion, then unfortuntely, his show was moved and I haven’t been able to find him again.

Callie369
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talkstreamlive.com
Upper right side……….”Search for show” box, enter Bill Cunningham.

streamingradioguide.com
Click on “News/Talk”….will take you to shows.

Shawn
Guest

Man, I hate the media too. At least the corporate media. Make no mistake – every host on there is a fear-mongering, control-freak doing propaganda to promote the corporate state. Even Ed Shultz is a stooge for the corporate DLC’s. In fact, Limbaugh, Hannity and company are America haters. They hate the progressive, enlightened ideals of our founding fathers. They even hate the constitution. They simply work for the top 1% and work to protect thier interests. They hate democracy, unions, human rights. They are so disfunctional that they even hate the earth they live on. The good hosts out there in radio get less exposure – people like Thom Hartmann, Marc Maron, Mike Malloy – because they don’t kiss up to the suits and the corporate power-brokers.

danybhoy
Member

Well, Thom(I really don’t need the “H”)Hartmann, Marc Maron, & Mike Malloy are hosts with limited appeal & almost no listenership. These hosts, & there are others, who denounce capitalism & wonder why they can’t get ratings & bring in advertisers. Who woudda believed it? Those host may spit in the face of the suits & corperate power-brokers rather then kiss their a$$es, but would be more then willing to suck & swallow the ultimate power-brokers, BIG GOV’T.

Thanks for playing Shawn, we have some nice parting gifts for you, & learn how spell your name. Everyone knows it should be Sean.

Wedge24
Guest

My personal favorite is Savage…the guy is a the best of this bunch by far…he’s a free thinker and a free speaker …. rush and hannity seem a bit forced at times…and they often steal savages thoughts and run them as their own…but # 3 is a good place to run….it keeps some of the Left Winged heat off of him….

Shazamm
Guest

I couldn’t agree more. Savage is far more interesting than any of the others. Limbaugh is okay, Hannity is a tad on the boring side, Beck is a complete buffoon, and Ingraham has chronic PMS. I have listened to Savage for six years and he is the only one who consistently holds my interest, unless he starts talking about food or the Sopranos. I would listen to his whole show every day if I had the time.

Catherine Quinn
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We, who are unable to get through on your phone line, would welcome an email address to comment to/on/by–
We love you Mark! Keep educating the American public — how can we get the attention of those who are too prejudiced/uneducated to listen to conservative talk radio/tv?
Obama is simply a front-man for the democrats and the likes of Bill Ayers/J. Wright. That’s why he remains silent or takes the communal position for America! He loves his newfound importance. Let’s keep an eye on Hillary and Bill in the background–they haven’t changed! And Obama is not as smart as the media would have us believe — his history/general knowledge is sadly wanting!

Administrator
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Sorry, editor, before I saw your comment, I had to ban Bob for subsequent foul language and plain ugly comments. So that removed his comment here on this thread.

Kevin
Guest

Can’t believe Medved is in the top ten.

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