BBC Radio 1 suffers another fall in listener numbers

The newly-released RAJAR figures show that the station's current weekly listener ratings are the second-lowest in its history

BBC Radio 1 has suffered another fall in weekly listener numbers.

New RAJAR figures for Q2 of 2018 – which have been posted today (August 2) – have shown that Radio 1 has lost 200,000 weekly listeners since May, when they attracted 9.4 million listeners a week.

The 9.2 million listeners that Radio 1 now pulls in each week is officially the second-lowest ever recorded ratings for the BBC station, and is close to equalling the lowest weekly rating of 9.1 million, which was posted in May 2017.

The decline in the station’s ratings has been steady since 2012, when it attracted over 11.1 million weekly listeners.

Nick grimshaw leaving radio 1 breakfast show

Greg James is taking over from Nick Grimshaw next month

Despite the overall decline, outgoing Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw has actually seen a slight increase in his ratings – pulling in an extra 300,000 listeners since May for a new total of 5.3 million.

Grimshaw’s imminent replacement in the slot, Greg James, saw a small fall in the ratings for his show, however. James, who will swap shows with Grimshaw next month (with the latter taking on the afternoon slot), now pulls in 4.05 million listeners a week.

There was better news for Radio 1 in terms of its digital audience, with the station now posting a record 16 million YouTube views a week. The station is also still the top choice for listeners aged 15 to 24 in the UK.

Speaking about the newly-published figures, Radio 1 Controller Ben Cooper said: “At a time of huge change for Radio 1, I’m delighted to see us bringing in 10 million weekly listeners, 10 million social followers, and a record 16 million weekly viewers of our YouTube content.”

Last week, Radio 1 scrapped a scheduled interview with controversial YouTuber Logan Paul following a backlash from listeners.