The Top 30 U.S. Podcasts According to the Podcast Consumer Tracker

Edison Research announces the U.S. Top 30 Podcast ranker from its subscription product, the Podcast Consumer Tracker (PCT). The PCT is the only comprehensive and all-inclusive study of the reach of podcast networks and shows in America. The Joe Rogan Experience continues to be the number one podcast in America as it has been since the PCT was established in the summer of 2019.

The ranker lists the top thirty podcasts in America by reach — not downloads — among weekly podcast consumers, covering the full survey period from July 7, 2019 through June 24, 2020. Reach is the percentage of weekly podcast listeners who say they have listened to any one of these shows in the last week.

“Even with the work and life disruptions caused by COVID-19, people did continue listening to their favorite podcasts, and we ultimately saw little to no reduction in reach among weekly podcast listeners”. noted Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “We’re pleased to publish the only ranker that covers the entire U.S. podcasting industry.”

The top thirty podcasts in the U.S, as ranked by the percentage of weekly podcast consumers 18+ who have listened to them, are as follows:

The Podcast Consumer Tracker is the only study that measures the entire podcast space continuously, as compared to other download rankers which only measure participants who opt in to those rankers, or users of a specific platform. Podcasts and podcast networks are ranked according to their weekly reach of podcast listeners. The PCT is sampled continuously throughout each quarter to negate the effects of limited releases and new shows and is weighted to the industry standard measure of podcast listening, The Infinite Dial® research series from Edison Research and Triton Digital®.

How the Study Was Conducted: The Podcast Consumer Tracker Q2 2020 Top 30 Ranker is based upon 8,080 online interviews with weekly podcast consumers in the United States, ages 18 and older. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. Sampling was conducted continuously from July 7, 2019 to June 24, 2020. All respondents were instructed to enter the names of all podcasts they listened to the week before the interview into an online diary and were provided instructions to obtain that information from their podcast client/player of choice. All responses were unaided and hand-coded by Edison Research to determine actual show name, producer, genre, and other information. Data is weighted to nationally representative numbers for weekly podcast consumers from The Infinite Dial 2020, from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

Fielding is continuous and currently underway for the next quarterly report in the series. Click here for more information on the Podcast Consumer Tracker.

About Edison Research 
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election.

Radio’s Roadmap To Gen Z Listenership

Gen Z Listeners in the U.S. are Heavy Users of Streaming, but 55% listen to AM/FM Radio Every Day

 Audio consumers in “Gen Z — those between the ages of 13 and 24 —  prefer listening  on their smartphones, which should be no surprise because they have grown up with the devices, but AM/FM radio’s reach among Gen Z is high (55%)according to Share of Ear® information from Edison Research. 

Megan Vartan, Director of Research at Edison Research and Jayne Charneski, founder of Front Row Insights & Strategy, presented the Radio’s Roadmap to Gen Z Listenership webinar today — a version of this study was presented at the NAB Show Express earlier this year.  

Click here to download Radio’s Roadmap to Gen Z Listening July 2020

Who are those in Generation Z? Gen Z is the most racially diverse generation in the U.S. to date, with 48% identifying as a racial or ethnic minority. They are the first generation of true digital natives; they are increasingly being referred to as “Zoomers,” a nod to the pace at which technology and culture have changed in their lifetimes, and now to the presence of Zoom in their lives. Having grown up in the age of the 24-hour-news cycle and endless information on the internet, they regularly consume news and information.  

Share of Ear® measures audio consumption of those aged 13+ in the U.S., so those aged 13-24 were used to represent Gen Z in this study. 

Over half (55%) of 13-24 year-olds in the U.S. are reached by AM/FM radio dailyjust surpassing the reach of streaming (53%). 

“Perhaps fact that Gen Z listens to any  AM/FM radio surprises you,” said VartanMany people believe that no young people ever listen to the radio any more. This is simply not true.  Especially when they are in their cars, but even in other places – young people do listen to the radio. 

Gen Z listeners spend 50% less of their total share of time listening to AM/FM radio than the average 13+ population, so even though 55% of Gen Zers are reached by radio daily, they spend less time with radio when they tune in. 

Gen Z listens to AM/FM Radio most when they are in the car. Almost 50% of the time spent listening to audio in the car among13-24 year-olds is to AM/FM radio, surpassing streaming audio, YouTube, and others.

Gen Z listeners are much more likely to listen to audio on a smartphone than a traditional device. Gen Z uses a radio receiver 50% less than the average 13+ population, and they use their phones for listening 75% more than the average 13+ population.

Gen Z listeners spend 58% more of their total share of time listening to streaming audio than the average 13+ population. Their share of YouTube listeningwhich is surveyed only for music and music videos, is 98% higher than the average 13+ population.

Despite Gen Z’s love for streaming and for their smartphones, 89% of their listening to AM/FM radio is done through a traditional radio receiver. Eleven percent of Gen Z’s AM/FM radio listening is going to the streams.  Even among this young, digital-first demographic, they are simply not listening in big numbers to radio streams.

“Stations need to remind these digital natives that FM radio is available digitally” said Charneski.  “This is the generation that was swiping before they were wiping…and yet, somehow they’re not thinking of FM radio as that’s available on their phones and mobile devices.”

Qualitative interviews with Gen Z radio listeners found some of the reasons they enjoy radio:
 radio provides a human connection, particularly during quarantine
radio offers the surprise of songs that have not been curated in streaming playlists
radio is a source for additional information about music and artists
–radio is a source for news and information
–radio is associated with nostalgia and good memories

How the study was conducted: Share of Ear is based on a national sample of 4,000 individuals in the U.S. age 13+, updated Q1 2020. This study does not include Share of Ear data collected during COVID-19 restrictions. The survey was offered offline and online, and offered in English and Spanish. Qualitative interviews were conducted by Front Row Insights & Strategy.
 

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election.
 

About Front Row Insights & Strategy
Front Row translates consumer attitudes and behaviors into winning insights and strategies for brands and marketers.   Front Row uses qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, generational filters, and cultural trends to discover opportunities for brands and conducts research projects for wide range clients in entertainment and media, including Universal Music Group, Viacom, CAA, Focus Features, HarperCollins, MasterClass, and Spectrum.  Front Row was founded by Jayne Charneski, a leading consumer and audience insight expert and speaker on Gen Zs and generational traits

New-Music Seekers: An Infinite Dial Report

Twenty-four percent of Americans age 12+ say that it is very important” for them to learn about and stay uptodate with music, according to new research released from The Infinite Dial® study from Edison Research and Triton Digital®. 

Click here to download the New Music Seekers: An Infinite Dial Report 

Findings from never-before-seen research debuted in a webinarNew Music Seekers: An Infinite Dial Report, presented by Edison Research VP Nicole Beniamini. This new research explores how this 24% of America — the “new-music seekers” for whom learning about and staying uptodate with music is very important — listens to, discovers, and shares music.

As listeners age, fewer say it is very important to learn about and stay uptodate with music:
35% of those age 12-34 say it is very important, 25% of those age 35-54 say it is very important, and 10% of those age 55+ say it is very important. Nearly half of new-music seekers, 46%, are between the ages of 12-34, and 54% are 35+, so although interest in new music is more concentrated in very young demos, there are still large numbers of new-music seekers over the age of 35. 

New-music seekers are willing to pay for music services.  Forty-nine percent of new-music seekers have listened to Spotify in the last month, and of those, 45% have a paid subscription. More than one-third of new-music seekers say they have a subscription to SiriusXM, which is nearly double the percentage of the general population 12+. Many of these new-music subscribers are maintaining paid subscriptions to both SiriusXM AND a streaming music platform

Sources for new music discovery vary greatly depending on the age of the listener.
Overall, YouTube (68%) tops the list of sources that new-music seekers age 12+ say they use for music discoveryfollowed by friends and family (47%), and AM/FM radio (46%). The top three sources for music discovery are as follows for three different age groups: 

Listeners age 12-34: YouTube (72%), Spotify (51%) and friends and family (49%)
Listeners age 35-54: YouTube (64%), AM/FM radio (53%), and Facebook (45%)
Listeners age 55+: AM/FM radio (70%), YouTube (57%), friends and family (53%) 

“It’s surprising to see how high YouTube ranks for music discovery among all ages. This new research gives us a better grasp of just how important online platforms are for music discovery, especially among those who value new music. And while AM/FM radio is not so much a place to ‘learn about new music,’ our data shows that it’s still a place to ‘learn what the hits are,” said Beniamini.

Among the one-third of Americans age 12+ (33%), for whom learning about and staying up-to-date with music is “not at all important,” AM/FM radio tops the list as the source used most often for music discovery at 35%, followed by YouTube at 17%, and friends and family at 17%. 

Twenty-three percent of new-music seekers age 12-34 say they use video games as a way to learn about music.  Video games as a source of music discovery be surprising to some, but around half (51%) of new-music seekers watch live-streamed video gamesso they are exposed to music through that outlet as well.  

Music listening is a private experience for many new-music seekers. Sixty-seven percent of new-music seekers say they do most or all of their audio listening through headphones/earbuds, with 30% saying all of their audio listening is private. This is not limited to the youngest listeners, as even the majority of new-music seekers age 35-54 listen to most of their music through headphones/earbuds. Social media becomes important, then, as a way to share music, because 53% of new-music seekers say they currently use social media to share updates on music they are listening to with friends and family. 

How This Study Was Conducted
3,159 online interviews were conducted January and February, 2020, before COVID-19 disruptions. The online interviews are a supplement to The Infinite Dial telephone-based survey. The online survey was offered in both English and Spanish and iweighted to match the U.S. 12+ population.  

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election. 

 

 

YouTube “Listening” Decreases in 2020

Americans are spending less of their total listening time with YouTube in 2020, and YouTube as an audio-only source is reaching fewer Americans in 2020, according to two updated datasets from Edison Research. 

Known as the birthplace of the eponymous YouTube star as well as many a viral challenge, YouTube also functionally serves as a music delivery source.  The latest Share of Ear® data from Edison Research shows that Americans now spend 9% of their time spent listening to audio sources with YouTube, down from 11% in 2018. The decrease is driven primarily from younger demos, as those in the U.S. age 13-34 now spend 16% of their total audio time with YouTube, down from 20% in 2019. 

Not only is time spent listening to YouTube as an audio source lower year over year, but YouTube as a source for music or music videos is reaching fewer Americans according to The Infinite Dial® from Edison Research and Triton Digital. 2019 was a bit of a milestone for the YouTube measure, as 50% of those in the U.S. age 12+ had listened to music on YouTube in the last week. In 2020, 44% of the total U.S. population reported having used YouTube for music in the last week. 

This decrease in reach is also driven by younger demos, as was the case with time spent listening, as the number of 12-34-year-olds using YouTube for music in the last week fell 14% year over year, to 60% from 70%. Usage by 35-54-year-olds was down slightly to 53% from 56% year over year. 

As both Share of Ear and Infinite Dial have catalogued enormous gains for YouTube for music listening over the last decade, it is of note that we see some diminishment for the first time corroborated in both surveys.  (Note: data points from both surveys were captured prior to the onset of widespread COVID-19-related disruptions.)

For the latest on how Americans are discovering new music, join Edison Research VP Nicole Beniamini for New-Music Seekers: An Infinite Dial® Report, presented as a free webinar on Thursday, July 16th, at 1 PM EDT. Register for New-Music Seekers here.

 

Latino Podcast Listener Report en Español

Un cuarto de los latinos en Estados Unidos son oyentes mensuales de podcasts

El primer Latino Podcast Listener Report publicado por Edison Research 

El Latino Podcast Listener Report realizado por Edison Research concluye que el 25% dlatinos a partir de los 18 años de edad en EE.UU. han escuchado un podcast en el último mes, y el 45% de los adultos latinos eEE.UU. han escuchado un podcast alguna vez. El estudio también muestra aumento en la escucha de podcast desde el brote de COVID-19 para más de la mitad de los adultos latinos. 

 

Haga clic aquí para descargar Latino Podcast Listener Report en Español

Click here to view or download the Latino Podcast Listener Report in English

El Latino Podcast Listener Report es la primera y única investigación exhaustiva sobre los oyentes latinos de podcast en EE.UU.; fue realizada por Edison Research y patrocinada por Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR y Pandora. Los resultados del estudio se estrenaron en dos webinars el 30 de junio, uno en inglés y uno en español, los que fueron presentados por Gabriel Soto, encargado de investigación en Edison Research, y Martina Castro, CEO de Adonde Media.  

El estudio muestra que el 36% de los latinos en EE.UU. han escuchado un podcast en inglés y el 24% han escuchado un podcast en español. Por lo general, el dominio del lenguaje no parece estar correlacionado con la probabilidad de ser un oyente mensual o semanal de podcasts: un cuarto de los adultos latinos en hogares donde no predomina el español ha escuchado un podcast en el último mes, en comparación con el 26% de latinos en hogares donde  predomina en español. 

Además, el 20% dlatinos en EE.UU. cuya lengua predominante no es el español, han escuchado un podcast en la última semana. El porcentaje esta igual entre los latinos cuya lengua predominante sí es el español (20%) 

Sin embargo, entre los oyentes mensuales de podcast, hay algunas diferencias entre los dos grupos de lengua predominante. En particular, u70% de los oyentes — cuya lengua predominante es el español —han comenzado a escuchar en el último año, en comparación con el 47% de los oyentes cuyo español no es la lengua predominante. De todos los oyentes de podcasts latinos en EE.UU., el 52% está escuchando podcasts más desde la pandemia de COVID-19. 

Aunque los latinos en EE,UU. (61%) en general son menos propensos a estar familiarizados con el término “podcasting” que la población estadounidense total (75%),  no hay muchos latinos cuyo idioma es predominantemente español, que están familiarizados con el término “podcasting” que aún no están escuchando podcasts. 

De los oyentes mensuales latinos de podcasts en EE.UU., el 55% son hombres, 50% tienen entre 18-34 años, y el 47% pertenecen a la primera generación de su familia nacida en EE.UU.  

“Hoy nos enteramos de que la mayoría de los latinos solo han comenzado a escuchar podcasts en el último año. Sin embargo, muchos aún no están familiarizados con el término [podcasting], indicó Gabriel Soto, encargado de investigación en Edison Research, añada la increíble oportunidad de desarrollo de la audiencia mensual latina, y se ve  que los latinos han sido y seguirán siendo esenciales para el crecimiento sostenido de la escucha de podcasts.  

“Es tan validante ver que los datos tienen que ver lo que muchos de nosotros hemos sabido desde hace mucho tiempo sobre el tremendo potencial de la audiencia latina de escucha de podcasts en los Estados Unidos, tanto en inglés como en español”, dijo Martina Castro, fundadora y CEO de Adonde Media. “Ahora, la industria tiene los datos que muestran por qué hacer contenido para los latinos no es sólo lo correcto, sino que también es simplemente una inversión inteligente.” 

Otras conclusiones destacadas sobre los oyentes mensuales latinos de podcasts en EE.UU.: 

  • Un 80% dice que está escuchando podcasts más que hace un año. 
  • Un 26% dice que la fuente más utilizada para descubrir podcasts son las publicaciones en las redes sociales, seguido por el 23% que indica las recomendaciones de amigos y familiares. 
  • Un 73% escuchó un podcast en inglés en el último mes y el 49% escuchó un podcast en español en el último mes.
  • Un 47% reporta que el tema de  los podcasts que escuchen incluyan historias y perspectivas de sus países de origen es algo importante” o “muy importante” para ellos  

El Latino Podcast Report, se puede descargar en www.edisonresearch.com/latino-podcast-listener-report. Para obtener más información sobre los socios de este estudio, visite Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR y Pandora.

Cómo se realizó este estudio 

Unas 2.500 entrevistas en línea se realizaron del 5 al 27 de mayo de 2020. La encuesta se ofreció en inglés y en español y es representativa a nivel nacional de adultos hispanos/latinos a partir de los 18 años de edad. Los datos se ponderarosegún la edad/género/país de origen de la población hispana/latina en los EE.UU. y se las estadísticas de escucha de podcast según The Infinite Dial 2020. 

Share of Ear® está basado en datos de unas 4.000 entrevistas a través de una muestra representativa a nivel nacional de la población estadounidense a partir a los 13 años edad. La encuesta se ofrece en línea y en papel físico por correo, y en inglés y en español. La proporción de datos de escuchas incluidas en este report se actualizó en el primer trimestre de 2020, antes del brote de COVID-19. 

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Edison Research lleva a cabo investigación través de encuestas y proporciona información estratégica a muchos clientes, los que incluyen Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, el U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation y Univision. Edison es la compañía de investigación sobre podcasts más destacada en el mundo y ha realizado investigaciones sobre el medio para NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, y muchas más empresas en el espacioOtra especialidad de Edison es su trabajo para empresas de medios de comunicación en todo el mundo. Ha realizado investigación en Norteamérica, Sudamérica, África, Asia, Australia y Europa. Edison es también el proveedor líder de encuestas de salida de consumidores y ha llevado a cabo investigación cara a cara en casi todos los lugares imaginables. Desde 2004, Edison Research ha sido el único proveedor de datos del día de las elecciones para el National Election Pool, realizando encuestas de salida y recopilando cuentas de votos para hacer proyecciones y analizar los resultados de cada primaria presidencial y elección general.