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Each month for the past three years the show at the top of Podtrac’s ranking has remained the same – the New York Times-produced The Daily. The morning news series just hit the three-year mark as Podtrac released its monthly ranking of the most listened-to podcasts for October. The latest update shows how much listening habits seem to be locked in for many of the biggest shows with an identical top ten for a third consecutive month, albeit with one small trading of places between two of the podcasts.

Wondery’s SmartLess advanced one spot to No.8 as it traded spots with This American Life, which slid a chart position for a second month. 

Beyond the first-place finish for The Daily, the remainder of the top five remained the same with NPR’s hourly five-minute podcast NPR News Now at second place followed by the NPR-produced morning news podcast Up First and the Dateline NBC at No. 4. The Daily Wire’s conservative talk The Ben Shapiro Show rounded out the top five – all in the same position in October as they were in September, August and July.

The biggest movers in October again included WNYC Studio’s Radiolab. It advanced three positions month-to-month. YMH Studio’s comedy series 2 Bears 1 Cave with Tom Segura and Bert Kreischer also advanced three. 

There was also a new entry to Podtrac’s top 20 shows with the debut of Audiochuck’s Full Body Chills. The scary story series likely got a boost from Halloween.

NPR had the most podcasts among the top 20 during September – with five shows making the cut. That was one more than a month earlier. No other publisher had more than one show in the latest monthly ranker.

Podtrac says global downloads for the top 20 overall were up nine percent month-over-month in October, although they were down 9% compared to a year earlier.