France Inter retained their crown. Radio, which remains the most listened to in France, even recorded a record return over the September-October period, according to the survey published Thursday by Médiamétrie. Inter brought together an average of nearly 6.9 million listeners every day, or 144,000 more than last year at the same time. Its audience share, up 0.2 points, reached 13.7%. The changes made to the program schedule therefore did not destabilize listeners. First morning show in France, 7/10 with Nicolas Demorand and Léa Salamé, marks a historic start to the school year with nearly 4.8 million listeners, or 66,000 more in one year and an audience share up 0 .5 points at 17.1%. France Inter was mainly driven by its information meetings.
RTL remains on second place, with 5.2 million listeners. But it shows a sharp decline. In one year, it lost 284,000 listeners. Its audience share also fell sharply, going from 11.4% to 9.7%. Left behind by France Inter, the M6 group's radio station sees another competitor emerging in its rearview mirror: 223,000 listeners separate it from France Info...
The latter got off to a good start to the season as she posted her best comeback in 18 years. The all-news station takes advantage of a context of strong news, linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas. In the space of a year, it attracted 193,000 additional listeners and reaches an average of 4.98 million every day. Its audience share amounts to 4.8%, an increase of 0.1 point. Now played by Jérôme Chapuis, his morning show, the third in France, has attracted 197,000 new listeners and counts 2.75 million daily. “When the news is very strong, the French have the reflex to turn on our radios, either to understand it or to escape from it. Thanks to their trust, this audio reflex is firmly anchored. Almost all our radio stations are making progress,” rejoices Sibyle Veil, president of Radio France.
France Bleu is an exception: with 2.4 million listeners, it has lost 300,000 people in one year. “We are stabilizing. Tracking audiences takes time. Furthermore, at the start of the school year, the weight of international news is enormous. In this context, local information is less of a priority for the public,” analyzes the president.
Europe 1, for its part, is recovering. “This is the first upward trend in 10 years,” rejoices Constance Benqué, president of Lagardère News. The radio is listened to every day by 2.14 million listeners, or 81,000 more in one year. Its audience share also recovered to 3.3%, or 0.2 points more. Dimitri Pavlenko's morning show, with 1.16 million listeners, recruited 82,000 more curious people. “The atmosphere is warmer and we have strengthened the bond we have with listeners, by promoting interactivity,” says Constance Benqué. The arrival of Pascal Praud helped boost the scores in the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. slot: the show is listened to by 536,000 listeners: 84,000 more than a year ago in this slot. Céline Géraud, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. as well as Punchline at the end of the day are also progressing. “Information is becoming the growth engine of the Europe 1 grid,” continues the manager.
Proof that the French, although many of them wanted to be informed, also turned to other alternatives NRJ, Chérie FM and Nostalgie have all gained listeners. The same goes for France Musique, which now brings together more than a million listeners, that is to say 176,000 more in one year. As for France Culture, it’s a successful start for its new director Emelie de Jong. The station was followed daily by 1.84 million listeners, a gain of 127,000 curious people in one year. Its audience share increased by 0.1 point to 3.1%.
Despite very dense news coverage, the media has nevertheless lost ground overall. It was listened to daily by 38,141,000 listeners. Last year at the same time, there were almost 1.2 million more... Although there are fewer of them, they nevertheless stay longer: the average listening time has increased by 7 minutes in one year , to reach 2h44 per day and per listener.