13 March 2024

Top podcast listener numbers surge in February

Audiences have flocked back to their favourite podcasts in February, the Australian Podcast Ranker has revealed.
Casefile True Crime had the most monthly listeners, with 83% more than in January, reflecting a strong growth in monthly listeners across most of the top 10 podcasts.
“New episodes and growing listener numbers were the highlight of another strong month for the Australian Podcast Ranker,” said Ford Ennals, CEO of Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA).
The following chart of the top 10 podcasts reveals the growth in monthly listener numbers in February:
10 most popular podcasts in Feb 2024 & listener change month to month 
      Podcast Producer Listeners
Feb 2024
 Jan 2024
Monthly listener change
1 Casefile True Crime Audioboom 878,248 479,799 83%
2 Shameless Shameless Media 639,860 516,106 24%
3 Mamamia Outloud Mamamia 579,409 387,308 50%
4 The Kyle & Jackie O Show ARN/iHeart 515,273 352,189 46%
5 Conversations ABC 499,237 455,637 10%
6 Hamish & Andy LiSTNR 397,122 364,578 9%
7 Life Uncut ARN/iHeart 391,868 296,707 32%
8 7 am Schwartz Media 344,515 282,581 22%
9 Stuff You Should Know ARN/iHeart 321,538 331,898 -3%
10 ABC News Daily ABC 318,532 93,429 241%
The Australian Podcast Ranker, released monthly by CRA in association with Triton Digital since 2019, continued to debut podcast titles in February.
 “Nine new podcasts debuted in February, five of which were produced locally. That’s on top of the 12 new podcasts that debuted in January,” Mr Ennals said.
Happy Hour with Lucy & Nikki (LiSTNR) debuted as the 16th most listened to podcast in the month. All five of the locally produced new podcasts had female hosts or co-hosts.
“In February, 14 of the most listened to 20 Australian-made podcasts had female hosts or co-hosts,” Mr Ennals said.
“While audience loyalty is reflected in listener numbers of Australia’s leading podcasts, the Australian podcast scene continues to reflect the diversity of content and hosts available to listeners, allowing them to quickly add new favourites.”

The top five podcast genres by listener numbers in February were, in order:
  1. Society & Culture
  2. News
  3. True Crime
  4. Comedy, and
  5. Sport
The five top podcast publishers each had more than two million monthly listeners in February:
Top five podcast publishers by monthly listeners in Feb 2024
  Publisher Listeners
1 ARN/iHeart 4,551,228
2 LiSTNR (SCA) 3,178,710
3 Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2,494,032
4 Audioboom 2,410,852
5 SiriusXM Podcast Network 2,152,415
The leading two sales representative organisations in the Australian Podcast Ranker each had more than 6.8 million monthly listeners in February:
Top five sales representatives by monthly listeners in Feb 2024
  Sales representatives Publishers represented Listeners
1 LiSTNR (SCA) LiSTNR (SCA) / Schwartz Media / SiriusXM Podcast Network / audiochuck / Wondery /DM Podcasts / NBCUniversal News Group 6,995,377
2 ARN / iHeart ARN / iHeartMedia / Audioboom / AdLarge Media / Sport Social Podcast Network / The Investors Podcast Network / All Ears English / Sony Music /Clubby Sports / NZME/TED 6,818,824
3 NOVA Entertainment NOVA Entertainment / News Corp Australia /  Podshape 2,088,226
4 News Corp Australia News Corp Australia 1,289,175
5 Mamamia Mamamia 1,237,546
About the Australian Podcast Ranker
The Australian Podcast Ranker is a monthly snapshot of the top 200 podcasts listened to by Australians, the top 200 Australian podcasts, the 20 biggest publishers and the 20 most successful podcast sales representatives.
The Australian Podcast Ranker is an industry initiative commissioned by CRA and published by Triton Digital. Results comply with IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines.