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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anon YMUS
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—-In this, the 11th hour of doomed POST America, Alex Jones continues to SMOKE the competition.

The ONLY one to talk unflinchingly about NWO and worldwide, ongoing, SOFT-kill
‘stealth’ YOU-genocide.

The ONLY ONE…

whiskeyriver
Guest

If that is true then why are youanus the only one who knows who Alex Jones is?

USN-RETIRED
Member

I second that motion.

danybhoy
Member

I’m flipping off my computer screen as I type this…really.

Cameron
Guest

I think it’s funny, the site is ihatethemedia.com; yet you’re using a medium to complain about how much you hate the media.

whiskeyriver
Guest

Do you see a MSNBC logo here? How about a FoxNews logo? Or NBC, CBS, or ABC advertisement here. I don’t so I don’t know what your point is.

This is a blog site, where anyone and everyone can express their opinion on any issue, or not if they so choose. Can you do that on any media outlet? Sure you can, but you have to keep your comments “within” their guidelines. Your comments have to be short and still stay on topic. You are regulated as to what you can say and how much space you can say it in. That isn’t true here, you can spout off all you want. Unless you get nasty or crude for no reason other than to hurt someone. Then you are gone as you should be.

Shocker
Guest

These cats are all about the Benjies… They may be “R Wing whack jobs”, but they know what sells. Too bad the majority of us allow the entertainment value of this whole scheme be far more luring than the “truth”.

That Guy Gary
Guest

Rush gives all the bum’s rush on everything outside the Republican Conservative platform, which is feed me, blank me, and feed me again. Hannity started out cheating way back in High School, fakes the angelic guy each day while laughing all the way to the Bank – meanwhile the neocon girls all swoon at the doofus. Very funny stuff. Rush the caricature of bloated self absorbed know it all and Hannity the parrot. Savage is an entertaining comedy of egocentric craziness and Levin another nerdish nutjob also has his cult following.
Mark Simone should have higher ratings but he refreshingly lets us know that he just doesn’t give a shit. Imus should be taken just before bed time. He is so bad it hurts, but the bad art of Talk Radio is just as addictive as Grade B Movies.

The genre has to die soon as it is divisive stuff for the Country, and the Libs are as bad as the righties, only less artfull at packaging the pills to be swallowed. You need to quit listening as it will help you to restart listening to your own life. Talk Radio every day is for idiots. I guess that is why it remains so popular. God help America when we make a bunch of clowns like we have on the Radio now mega millionaires while many of us are struggling. Shut the damned thing off! Read a book. Go play with your child. Or get back to working on your own life. Forget the Johnny two notes on the AM dial. They are counter-productive and shooting from someone else’s corner. Someone who owns the Corporation, and it’s people too.

Lee
Member

Now Ed Shultz …It’s soo lame.. the guy is a total partisan hack…designed to keep people stupid and barefoot he’s the most UN-American person in the USA…basically are a complete waste of airwaves…serve zero purpose and say nothing but childish lies and rants for hours on end…duhhhh..

steve
Guest

I guess if you’re radio show is FORCED onto every channel in the USA by the company that owns all the radio stations – then you would have the biggest audience- duhhhh..
Lintball is on 3 AM stations and 1 FM station all at the same time here in TX.
It’s soo lame.. the guy is a total partisan hack…designed to keep people stupid and barefoot he’s the most UN-American person in the USA. and 2nd place for that is Hannity and so on. They basically are a complete waste of airwaves. they serve zero purpose and say nothing but childish lies and rants for hours on end. Now Ed Shultz is cool and informative. Even Dr N-Word is semi informative but I can’t stand her in general–

Elkhorn
Guest

EXCELLENT comment! I agree 100% along with all free thinking americans!

whiskeyriver
Guest

Are you really as dumb as your post makes you look? Listeners equals advertisement money, the more people listening to a radio show, the more money the radio station gets.

Why do you think AM radio is so hot! We don’t have to listen to fools like Ed Schlitz in his pants, we can listen to Rush and Sean! We can listen to our local radio hosts, who are pretty good at saying what most of us think too, instead of some lame clown that nobody cares to listen to. NPR is dead, it has been for a long time now, and it is time we taxpayers quit footing the bill for them.

You like the dipwads that have a show on NPR? Then you support them.

Kim Jo-il
Guest

Go Obama the great one! its time to change America to its new level!

Obama is like Jesus but with out the spiritual power!

Thanks GOD for Obama!

KimmyQueen
Guest

I hope that this is a joke. I am laughing because I am thinking this is a joke… is this a joke?

Staarz
Guest

hahahahahahahahah……yeah he’s doing a great job. Ratings going down every day. Independents who got him elected jumping ship..even far out liberals are scratching their heads.

joel
Guest

listen guys the reason Savage is not # 2 or even # 1 is very simple; he is syndicated be independent Talk Radio Network they don’t own any radio stations around the country unlike Hannity who is forced on us by Premiere
who put him on all clear channel stations, savage is on the weak stations in most markets in top 25 markets and is not heard in LA. Savage has real followers who search stations to find him unlike hannity who is on all big stations.

dave
Guest

i cant believe savage is higher then Levin, and about conninghem nobody comes close to him on sunday nights he would be my replacement after rush says goodby (not that rush isnt still the best but i gotta dream of a replacement), and my stupid station here in NY WABC took him off and replaced him with the dreamer John Batchelor, god bless you Coningham put the cheese on the crackers

Biff
Guest

Where’s. Stone and digita dave at ?

Pittsburgh Z
Guest

that was sarcasm, right shawn?

Ben Deho
Guest

I hate to pile on with some of the conservative talk show haters but, I just have to. How any one thinks that the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, or Beck is saying is in anyway fair or balanced is sadly mistaken. These guys talking about how the media is so unfairly liberal is just crazy. What people need to take into consideration is that conservative radio programs are media! So these uneducated three making claims that there is no conservative media is just preposterous. They are media. Oh, and yes, they are uneducated. The three of them collectively don’t have enough college credits for an associates degree. And those three claim they know better than folks with masters degrees and PHD’s? PUHLEASE!

vh5150
Guest

I’m sure all three of those guys are jealous of Oblermann and his Ivy league degree.They can only hope to someday be as enlightened and intelligent as he is.

arlan
Guest

kind of anti-prophetic, don’t u think.

Gemini Rising
Guest

BEN DEHO: A degree doesn’t prove your intelligent nor successful. Instead of listing all the poor unintelligent people with college degrees I will just list a short roster of people who didn’t graduate college yet are very successful: BILL GATES, STEVE JOBS, HENRY FORD, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, TY WARNER, MILTON HERSHEY, WALT DISNEY, RACHAEL RAY, DEBBI FIELDS, BARRY DILLER, MICHAEL DELL, SIMON COWELL, COCO CHANEL, RICHARD BRANSON & MARY KAY ASH. Oh yeah, and ME! This is a really short list but enough to reveal the inept bone that has forked it’s way in between your “inferior frontal gyrus” and your splintered tongue. For you to base your opinion on who is qualified to speak on behalf of our God Given Constitutional rights in this beautiful country on whether or not someone has a degree or not or what college they graduated from just goes to show how little knowledge you truly have of our countries origin and the principles it is based on. I don’t know if i am allowed to post links here, but here is a link to a Red Eye’s show on Keith Olbermann’s embarrassing show when he pulled out his degree from Cornell University… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdwLuW1QcZI
Maybe you can relate? Or do you belong with that unfortunate group of non-people who didn’t graduate college?

Staarz
Guest

Well said Gemini Rising – not to mention the Radical Professors who are Ruining the minds of our college students with their radical agendas.

Kruchev said back in the ’60’s “we will get you thru your children..they have.

whatnoboortz
Guest

What? Where does Boortz fit in in all this?

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Jim Webster
Guest

I read the comment claiming Sean Hannity is in the tank for Republicans, i.e., “Republican good…Democrat bad”. I agree with half of that comment. Democrats ARE usually bad, but Republicans are sometimes bad too. Sean does not claim to be a Republican. He claims to be a Conservative as anyone who has ever listened to his show knows. He frequently criticizes Republicans whenever they stray from Conservative principles. I listen to Mark Levin so I can’t comment on Michael Savage.

Gemini Rising
Guest

Well said! Our best talk show host aren’t necessarily Republicans or Democrats. They are Reganite Conservatives. Rather than join in with all the other 3rd graders commenting here, I am not going to say who I think is Best and who is worst. Opinions like that belong to sports blogs- “My Team Is Better Than Yours”…
The truth is; Hannity, Rush & Mark Levin are good friends and nary stray from the same ideology. Savage, who I have respect for, has made choices that ‘for reasons outside their control’ has forced our more eminent conservatives to separate themselves from him. It doesn’t make him any more relevant…just less effective in the true conservative moment.
Prop’s for Red Eye.

ERC
Guest

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
Member

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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