BBC Radio 1 falls to second-lowest ratings ever

BBC Radio 1 has fallen to its second-lowest recorded ratings ever, according to the latest RAJAR listening figures published today (August 2).

After being overtaken by Heart for the first time earlier this year, the iconic music station is now being heard by 9.2m listeners a week – down from 9.4m the last time the numbers were released a few months ago and 9.58m this time last year.

Radio 1's lowest-ever recorded listenership came in May 2017 with 9.1m a week (in 2016 it had 9.91m, and in 2012 it had 11.1m).

Still, there's better news for breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw. Grimmy, who is swapping with Greg James's afternoon slot from next month, has slightly increased his weekly audience from just over 5m to 5.3m.

But that's still a fair way off from when the former X Factor judge was celebrating his best ratings in two years at the start of 2018, reaching 5.7m a week.

Incoming breakfast presenter Greg James, meanwhile, actually suffered a small dip in his afternoon show ratings, now reaching 4.05m.

The BBC did, however, say that Radio 1's YouTube views are now at a record 16 million per week, while it remains the number one station for people aged 15 to 24 in the UK.

Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network, said: "At a time of huge change for Radio 1, I'm delighted to see us bringing in 10 million weekly listeners, 10 million social followers, and a record 16 million weekly viewers of our YouTube content."

Over on Radio 2, Chris Evans's ratings have continued to drop, but only slightly. He's now listened to by 9.0m a week, compared with 9.1m three months ago, and 9.4m three months before that.

Radio 2 itself has suffered a worse dip, from a weekly audience of 15.41m to 14.93m – losing almost 500,000 listeners.

Chris Moyles's Radio X is continuing to do well, though. Breakfast host Moyles has added over 100,000 listeners over the last year, now reaching 849k a week, while Radio X's overall numbers have increased slightly from 1.6m to 1.68m.

In London, Kiss has now overtaken Capital as the biggest commercial radio station in the city. Kiss is hitting 2.087m weekly listeners – 24,000 more than Capital's 2.063m.

And finally, BBC 6 Music's ratings are down slightly, from 2.53m a week to 2.44m, but it's still the most popular digital-only station.