Nick Grimshaw and Chris Moyles gain listeners as 6 Music suffers slump

RAJAR figures revealed

The latest radio listening figures have been revealed, with Nick Grimshaw and Chris Moyles gaining listeners but 6 Music suffering a slump.

Nick Grimshaw regained listeners for his Radio 1 breakfast show after recording the lowest ever figures last summer. Grimshaw bounced back to 5.72 million listeners a week for the last quarter of 2017, up from 4.93 million.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said he was “very pleased that Radio 1 continues to grow both on-air and online,” adding: “We just got a record 1.87 billion YouTube views – which means more new, young and diverse audiences enjoying the BBC.”

BBC 6 Music, however, lost 87,000 listeners during the same period, according to the RAJAR figures, down from its record of 2.43 million listeners a week to 2.34 million. It should be noted that 6 Music suffered a similar decrease between these periods the year before.

Chris Moyles’ Radio X breakfast show, meanwhile, has seen an increase of almost 200,000 listeners compared to the same quarter the year prior.

Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show also saw an upturn, seeing an increase of 80,000 to reach 9.43 million listeners a week.

Radio 1’s Ben Cooper previously argued that the success of Radio 1 and other stations can’t be judged on listening figures alone, saying: “You can’t judge Radio 1 on RAJAR figures alone – just as you can’t judge a newspaper solely on physical sales – you have to take into account our digital innovations as well.”