News-Talk Tops Nielsen Audio's 'Top 10 Audio Formats Of 2013'
December 13, 2013 at 4:47 AM (PT)
NIELSEN AUDIO has released its list of the "Top 10 Audio Formats of 2013," and "News Talk Information" is the leader with a 9.3% share of Persons 6+, followed by "Pop Contemporary Hit Radio" at 8.2%, Country at 7.6%, AC at 7.7%, Hot AC at 5.5%, Classic Hits at 5.3%, Urban AC at 5%, Sports at 4.3%, Classic Rock at 4.3%, and Regional Mexican at 3.9%.
For persons 18-34, it's a different story: Top 40 moves into the lead with 12.4%, followed by Country at 9.1%, Top 40/Rhythmic at 7.3%, AC at 6.3%, Hot AC at 6.1%, Regional Mexican at 5.6%, Urban at 5.3%, Alternative at 5%, News-Talk at 3.7%, and Classic Rock at 3.6%.
The persons 25-54 category is also led by Top 40 at 8.7%, with AC moving up to a tie for second with Country at 7.5%. News-Talk is fourth at 6.8%, and Hot AC is behind it at 6.1%. Urban AC ties for sixth with Sports at 4.9%, Regional Mexican and Classic Rock tie for eighth at 4.7%, and Classic Hits makes the top 10 at 4.6%.
NIELSEN notes that under the PPM, Country has risen to all-time highs, and shows growth among younger listeners, while Top 40 has increased its 25-54 numbers and Urban AC and Hot AC had "banner years -- among their best ever."
More Nielsen Figures: Holiday Entertainment Spending, Women In Music
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