The country’s FM spectrum is congested, and attempts to free up some of the spectrum for new players is proving difficult
The overall good news: average weekly downloads are up 11% and average weekly users up 12% from the last reporting period (July 2021).
On to some specifics of note:
- On the top networks report, Stitcher Media remained in the number one spot with 31.2 million average weekly downloads and 10 million average weekly users, followed by NPR with 31.1 million average weekly downloads and 8 million average weekly users. The Audacy Podcast Network was ranked third with 18 million average weekly downloads and 6 million average weekly users.
- NPR News Now (NPR) remains in the top spot. Other leading podcasts by average weekly downloads include Crime Junkie (audiochuck), The Ben Shapiro Show (Cumulus Podcast Network), Up First (NPR), and Dateline NBC (NBCUniversal News Group).
- Leading debut podcasts by downloads include Dr. Death: Miracle Man (Wondery) and Candace (Cumulus Podcast Network). Leading debut podcasts by top listeners include Dr. Death: Miracle Man (Wondery) and 5 Things (Wondery).