Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 ratings hit record low - while predecessor Chris Moyles' smashes Radio X
Nick Grimshaw has recorded the worst-ever Radio 1 Breakfast Show figures – but his rival and predecessor Chris Moyles Chris Moyles‘s show is on the up.
The 33-year-old radio DJ – affectionately known as Grimmy on the programme – has seen his figures drop to 4.93 million weekly listeners between July and September, down from 5.5 million last quarter.
The stat makes for grim reading for Grimmy as they are the lowest Radio 1 Breakfast Show figures since RAJAR records began in 1992.
To add insult to injury, Chris’ Radio X breakfast show, aptly titled The Chris Moyles Show, has been boosted with 75,000 more listeners tuning in across the same period.
However, his show’s figures are still well down on Radio 1’s, attracting a weekly pull of 823,000.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 is also up after recording figures of 9.35 million listeners in the third quarter, compared to 9.01 million in the second quarter.
Roman Kemp’s Capital London breakfast show has seen an audience increase in his first full quarter hosting the programme since landing the job in May.
His figures were at 1.11 million in the third quarter, a boost of nearly 30,000 over the previous three months.
Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper has defended Nick – who took over the Breakfast Show from Chris in 2012 – insisting his show is still “the most relevant youth brand in the UK today”.
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show – which attracts big-name guests, such as Harry Styles – was first hosted by Tony Blackburn in September 1967 and he was replaced by Noel Edmonds in June 1973 after nearly six years at the helm.
Several other stars have since been in the hot seat, including Simon Mayo, Steve Wright, Zoe Ball, Sara Cox and Moyles, who held the position for more than eight years.
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