Podcast Research · January 9, 2024

The Top 25 Podcasts in the UK for Q3 2023

By Edison Research

Edison Research is proud to announce the Top 25 Podcasts in the UK for Q3 2023. This list ranks the 25 biggest podcasts based on total weekly audience reach as measured by Edison Podcast Metrics UK. 

The Joe Rogan Experience, The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett, and That Peter Crouch Podcast are the top three podcasts in the UK based on total weekly audience reach among weekly podcast listeners age 15+ for Q3 2023. The complete list of 25 is below.  
Notable movers within the Top 10 include That Peter Crouch Podcast, up to #3 from #5, The Rest is Politics, up to #5 from #6, and Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster, down to #6 from #3 in Q2 2023. 

Three shows made their Top 10 debut: The News Agents at #7, Saving Grace at #8, and Parenting Hell at #10. Three shows dropped out of the Top 10 from Q2 2023: No Such Thing as a Fish, Newscast, and The Daily
Scandals and spicy content buoyed Help I Sexted My Boss and The Girls Bathroom, as both shows had episodes that went viral. Newcomers to the podcast genre include The Louis Theroux Podcast which launched in May exclusively on Spotify, and Growing Paynes, which launched in July.  

Edison Podcast Metrics is the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcasts and podcast networks in the UK. The Q3 2023 ranker is derived from data collected continuously during the third quarter of 2023, interviewing 2,326 weekly podcast consumers ages 15 and older in the U.K. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase-behavior information. 

Those who wish to compare the top podcasts in the UK with the U.S. can find the latest U.S. data.
Edison Podcast Metrics is unique in that it is not dependent on podcast download data and does not require podcast networks to opt into its service. At least 2,000 weekly podcast listeners in the UK are surveyed each quarter for the service, and listening behavior is collected regardless of listening platform. The same methodology is being employed in the UK as is used in the U.S.  

Data from Edison Podcast Metrics UK provides show-level information on the top podcasts in the UK as well as network reach statistics. Subscribers have the ability to analyze demographics of podcast listeners, including their purchasing and consumption patterns across a wide range of consumer goods and services. The first Top Podcast Shows ranker in the U.S. was released by Edison Research in November 2019; the company has been tracking podcast consumption in the aggregate since 2006. 

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