Chris Evans nets record ratings for Radio 2 with 9.8m listeners

Chris Evans has helped Radio 2 attain its best ever ratings after clocking up just shy of 10m listeners to his flagship breakfast radio programme.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show notched up an impressive 9.8m weekly listeners, 1.7m more than Terry Wogan managed during his stint at the show with Evans adding 10,000 listeners over the quarter.

The ginger presenter’s fortunes contrasted markedly with those of fellow BBC disc Jockey Nick Grimshaw, who lost 400,000 listeners over the same period – according to the latest industry Rajar figures.

Overall Radio 2 drew in 15.6m weekly listeners, its highest ever audience share, whilst Radio 1 recorded an increase of 200,000 on this time last year.

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper commented: “I was asked to build a younger audience for Radio 1 and regenerate the brand, and these figures show we’re doing exactly that. Grimmy and the Breakfast Show continue to gain young listeners, which is the challenge I set him.”

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