Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 Breakfast Show gains listeners after record low

Total audience each week totals 5.84 million listeners

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Nick Grimshaw’s BBC 1 Radio breakfast show hasn’t been easy on the new X Factor presenter - back in May it was reported his show had reached a record low in listeners.

Things looking better now as the DJ managed to  increase his listenership by 343,000 over a period of three months, starting in April. Total audience each week now totals 5.84 million, according to RAJAR.

Throughout the first quarter of this year, Grimshaw’s show had the lowest listenership for a BBC Breakfast show since Sara Cox in 2003.

Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw

Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said: "This is great news for Grimmy and 1Xtra, however RAJAR only tells part of the Radio 1 story as it continues to innovate in reaching new audiences for the BBC in different ways.”

The overall audience for Radio 1 had dropped almost 1 million previously, but is now on the up as 737,000 people are tuning back into the station.


Cooper continued: ”I'm delighted that we are also averaging over one million requests a month on the Radio 1 iPlayer channel and over one million views a day on YouTube. Radio 1 will continue to bring new music, new presenters and new innovations to our young audience.”

Radio 2 also showed an increase in listers, with the Chris Evans breakfast show expanding to 238,000 listeners, giving the show an average listenership of 9.7 million.