Hamish and Andy back to No 1, footy season podcasts boom: Australian Podcast Ranker

The March Australian Podcast Ranker is out with Hamish and Andy back on deck for 2024 and back to No 1. Elsewhere sporting podcasts surged with the commencement of the AFL and NRL seasons with The Howie Games making the top 20 (19, up 9) and other big leaps inside the top 100 from The Matty Johns Podcast (up 24), Whateley (up 26) and particularly Triple M Footy AFL up 92 to 43.

Triton Digital whose podcast metrics service measures the Ranker each month found:

  • The top three publishers were ARN/iHeart again at #1, LiSTNR (SCA) again at #2, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation again at #3.

  • The top three podcasts for both the Top Podcast Ranker and Top 200 Australian-Made Ranker included Hamish & Andy (LiSTNR (SCA)) climbing up 5 spots to #1, Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) at #2, and Mamamia Out Loud (Mamamia) again at #3.

  • Top podcast debuts included Three (SiriusXM Podcast Network), How To Fail With Elizabeth Day (ARN/iHeart), Get Started Investing (Equity Mates Media), and Footy Talk – Rugby League Podcast (LiSTNR (SCA).

  • The Kick it Forward Podcast (Clubby Sports), Stuff The British Stole (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), and The Rabbit Hole (Sports Entertainment Network (SEN)) debuted in the Top 200 Australian-Made Ranker.

  • Dan Does Footy (DM Podcasts), Jase and Lauren (NOVA Entertainment), and Missing Pieces (Podshape) debuted for both the Top 200 Australian-Made Ranker and Top Podcast Ranker.

There are a couple of other interesting details to note. Kyle and Jackie O‘s podcast dropped 3 out of the top 5, and dropped below half a million monthly listeners. With April 29 their well publicised launch into Melbourne this drop in listeners was unexpected.

The Imperfects, the Australian health and wellbeing podcast hosted by Ryan Shelton, and brothers Hugh and Josh van Cuylenburg (pictured) had the most notable growth with more than half a million monthly listeners and a million downloads. March was effectively their 2024 season start, with 10 new episodes compared to just 1 in both January and February. Their guests in March had international appeal, including Gary Barlow, Adam Grant and Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins.

Finally The Hit Network seems onto a winner with Happy Hour with Lucy and Nikki. After debuting on the ranker last month at No 16, they’ve consolidated and moved one spot higher as well.

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