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.
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.