Podcast Research · May 16, 2023

The Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. Q4 2022 – Q1 2023

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Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. for Q4 2022-Q1 2023 Revealed from Edison Podcast Metrics  

Edison Research is proud to announce the latest rankings of the podcasts that reach the most listeners in the U.S. from Edison Podcast Metrics.  
The latest ranker from Edison Podcast Metrics shows the Top 50 Podcasts based on weekly audience reach and reflects two significant updates to the service that were implemented last year. The sample has been expanded to include weekly podcast listeners age 13-17. This measurement allows podcast producers and networks to understand the teen segment of the Gen Z podcast listeners. The ranker also includes increased sample size , which allows for more recency in reporting and robust cuts of data. The latest ranker includes measurement from the previous two quarters with a total sample size of 10,797 weekly podcast listeners age 13+. 

The top 10 shows based on measurement from October 2022 through March 2023 are:

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Crime Junkie
  3. The Daily
  4.  This American Life
  5. Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
  6. Stuff You Should Know
  7. Call Her Daddy
  8. The Ben Shapiro Show
  9. Dateline NBC
  10. SmartLess 

The top four podcasts showed no change in rank from our most recent update. Joining the Top Ten are Dateline NBC, perhaps boosted by the Alex Murdaugh trial, and SmartLess, the celebrity-driven show featuring Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett that has steadily risen in the numbers since it launched in 2020.

Another notable story within the Top 50 is the inclusion of Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra at #49. This show dropped its first episode on October 12, 2022.   

The graphic below  shows the full list of the Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. based on weekly reach among those age 13+ for Q4 2022-Q1 2023. 

Edison Podcast Metrics is the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcasts from all networks in the U.S. It is the only measurement based on actual podcast listening, not downloads, and does not require an opt-in from podcast networks.   

The Edison Podcast Metrics Top 50 Podcasts of Q1 2023 list is derived from data collected continuously from October 2022 through March 2023, from surveying 10,797 podcast consumers ages 13 and older in the U.S.  Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. The results are then coded and analyzed to ascertain the genre and network for each podcast. The relative audience size of each podcast is then calculated and expressed as the percentage of weekly podcast listeners reached by that show.

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