Weekly Insights · May 22, 2024

The Top Podcast Genres in the U.S. Q1 2024

By Edison Research

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What are the most popular podcast genres? Edison Research is pleased to announce the Top Podcast Genres in the U.S. by reach for Q1 2024 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. Edison Podcast Metrics™ is the only podcast measurement service in the U.S. that measures the relative audience size of all podcasts and podcast networks; this includes networks and shows that have not opted into other industry rankers.

Nineteen genres have been identified as having at least one percent reach among weekly podcast listeners aged 13 and older in Q1 2024. Edison defines a podcast’s genre using its primary genre in Apple Podcasts. See the full list below: 

While there have been changes to the top podcast genre rankings since Q1 2023, Comedy continues to capture the largest U.S. weekly 13+ podcast listening audience. Society & Culture and News also remain in the top three, but Society & Culture has now surpassed News for the #2 spot this quarter. The genres with the most movement compared to Q1 2023 are Music and Fiction, both moving up two spots on the list. Education and Religion & Spirituality also had growth on the ranker, moving up one spot from their Q1 2023 placement.

For a list of specific show titles in the Top 50, visit The Top 50 Podcasts in the U.S. for Q1 2024.

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