ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network has been named Australia’s #1 podcast publisher for the 30th consecutive ranker report, while also achieving record downloads, regaining the top ranked podcast, and holding half of the top 10 shows.
Results from the October ranker show the network delivered a combined total of 5.6 million listeners (up 4%) and 26.6 million monthly downloads (up 7.5%), the highest number of downloads ever achieved.
ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network continues to hold half of the Top 10 most listened to podcasts in the country – more than any other publisher – including Casefile. The popular true crime podcast from Audioboom has regained the #1 overall slot with 993,418 listeners and over 2.9 million downloads, making it the most downloaded podcast in the ranker.
Life Uncut with Brittany Hockey and Laura Byrne moved up to #3 overall (#1 Entertainment), increasing its audience by almost 60,000 listeners to 479,601, with nearly 1.66 million downloads.
Kyle & Jackie O also moved up one place to #5, maintaining its position as the #1 Catch-up podcast, with 390,678 listens and 1.65 million downloads.
Stuff You Should Know moves into #6 overall (#1 Knowledge) with 352,026 listeners and 2.83 million downloads; and The Imperfects continue to move up the ranker, finishing at #8 (#1 Health & Fitness) with 281,722 listeners and 611,402 downloads.
Other standouts include No Such Thing As A Fish (Audioboom) at #17 and She’s On The Money at #25 (and the ranker’s #1 Finance podcast); while the biggest rise on the ranker was from Will & Woody, with the Catch-up podcast jumping 47 places to #93.
ARN’s Head of Digital Audio, Corey Layton, said: “Today marks a significant milestone for the iHeartPodcast Network, holding the #1 Publisher spot for 30 consecutive rankers. Our incredible slate of podcasts continues to engage Australian audiences, leading to our highest ever downloads.”
Overall, ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network represents 45 of Australia’s top 150 most popular podcasts.