BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans continues to attract a larger audience than Chris Moyles, with the latest figures from Rajar revealing that Evans’s breakfast show now attracts 2m more listeners than its Radio 1 rival.
Evans recorded 9.23m listeners per week in January-March 2012, while Moyles’s show drew 7.1m, a decline of 420,000 listeners since the end of 2011.
It is the biggest lead Evans has had on Moyles since the 1.7m advantage he enjoyed in the last few months of 2011, and sees Evans’s audience swollen by 370,000 from the 8.86m listeners he boasted at the end of last year.
Elsewhere, the figures reveal that Ken Bruce has attracted the biggest audience of his career at the age of 61, with up to 7.72m listeners tuning in to his Radio 2 show.
"I'm absolutely delighted and a little baffled,” said Bruce. “Obviously I'm a late developer. Whatever it is we're doing right, we'll keep doing it and I'd like to thank the ever faithful Radio 2 listeners."
Radio 2’s total weekly audience was up to 14.56m listeners, an increase on last quarter’s figure of 14.27m, and the station now boasts a 16.8% share.
And BBC6 Music, which was named station of the year at the Sony Radio Awards on Tuesday, reached a new record audience of 1.5m listeners, two years after it was saved from closure.
Radio 1’s weekly audience was down by 700,000 to 11.1m, compared with figures from this time last year.
Radio 3 is down to 1.9m listeners compared to 2.1m last quarter, and Radio 4 also suffered a slight decline with 10.31m listeners down from 10.83m at the end of last year.