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Edison Research Announces Top 50 U.S. Podcasts by Audience Size for Q3 2021

PRESS RELEASE · Somerville NJ, United States ·

Edison Research announces the comprehensive U.S. Top 50 Podcast chart for Q3 2021. This list ranks the 50 biggest podcasts by audience size, based on the Podcast Consumer Tracking Report, the only podcast measurement service that measures the relative audience size and demographics of all podcast networks. The Podcast Consumer Tracking Report is the only measurement based on actual listening, not downloads.

“We are continuing to see strong performances from the true crime and news categories. What I find most compelling is the strong movement by some of the independent shows on the chart. It’s a testament to how remarkable this medium is that both large networks and independent creators continue to be able to amass a sizable audience.” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster.

The Edison Research Top 50 Podcasts of Q3 2021 list is derived from data collected continuously from Q4 2020 – Q3 2021, from surveying weekly podcast consumers ages 18 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase behavior information. The results are then coded and analyzed to ascertain the genre, network, and sales representation for each podcast. The relative audience size of each podcast network is then calculated and expressed as the percentage of weekly podcast listeners reached by that network. Surveys of over 8,000 podcast listeners in the U.S. were conducted Q4 2020 through Q3 2021.

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Current subscribers to the Podcast Consumer Tracker include the top networks in podcasting as well as leading technology platforms, and is growing quarterly. Subscribers include SXM Media, Google, NPR, Spotify, Wondery, ESPN/ABC/Disney, WarnerMedia, and more.

Editor’s note: Podnews has taken the list as supplied by Edison Research, and linked to each show. We’ve also compared these podcasts with the last data from Edison Research, released Q2/21. Note that the data overlaps by nine months.

The Joe Rogan Experience
1 (→ 1) The Joe Rogan Experience
From: Joe Rogan
Hosted by: Libsyn
The Daily
2 (→ 2) The Daily
From: The New York Times
Hosted by: Simplecast
Crime Junkie
3 (→ 3) Crime Junkie
From: audiochuck
Hosted by: Megaphone
This American Life
4 (→ 4) This American Life
From: This American Life
Hosted by: Simplecast
Stuff You Should Know
5 (→ 5) Stuff You Should Know
From: iHeartRadio
Hosted by: Megaphone
My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
6 (→ 6) My Favorite Murder
From: Exactly Right
Hosted by: Simplecast
Pod Save America
7 (→ 7) Pod Save America
From: Crooked Media
Hosted by: Megaphone
8 (↑ 9) Serial
From: Serial Productions
Hosted by: Simplecast
Office Ladies
9 (↓ 8) Office Ladies
From: Earwolf & Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
Hosted by: Simplecast
Call Her Daddy
10 (↑ 11) Call Her Daddy
From: Alex Cooper
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Ben Shapiro Show
11 (↓ 10) The Ben Shapiro Show
From: The Daily Wire
Hosted by: Megaphone
Planet Money
12 (↑ 13) Planet Money
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Fresh Air
13 (↑ 16) Fresh Air
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Up First
14 (→ 14) Up First
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
15 (↓ 12) Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Dateline NBC
16 (→ 16) Dateline NBC
From: NBC News
Hosted by: Simplecast
17 (↓ 15) Radiolab
From: WNYC Studios
Hosted by: WNYC
Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
18= (↑ 23) Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
From: Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
Hosted by: Audioboom
WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
18= (↑ 25) WTF with Marc Maron Podcast
From: Marc Maron
Hosted by: Omny Studio
The Dan Bongino Show
20 (↑ 21) The Dan Bongino Show
From: Cumulus Podcast Network | Dan Bongino
Hosted by: Megaphone
H3 Podcast
21 (↑ 22) H3 Podcast
From: Ethan Klein
Hosted by: Megaphone
Armchair Expert Umbrella with Dax Shepard
22 (↓ 18) Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard
From: Armchair Umbrella
Hosted by: Simplecast
Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
23 (↓ 19) Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
From: Team Coco & Earwolf
Hosted by: Simplecast
Impaulsive with Logan Paul
24 (↑ 28) Impaulsive with Logan Paul
From: Logan Paul
Hosted by: Omny Studio
The Dave Ramsey Show
24 (↓ 20) The Dave Ramsey Show
From: Ramsey Solutions
26 (↑ 34) SmartLess
From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Hosted by: ART19
TED Talks Daily
27 (↑ 27) TED Talks Daily
From: TED
Hosted by: PRX
28 (↓ 23) Criminal
From: Criminal & Radiotopia
Hosted by: PRX
Hidden Brain
29 (↓ 28) Hidden Brain
From: Hidden Brain Media
Hosted by: Omny Studio
The Rachel Maddow Show
30 (↑ 32) The Rachel Maddow Show
From: Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
Hosted by: Simplecast
The Bill Simmons Podcast
31 (↓ 30) Bill Simmons Podcast
From: The Ringer & Bill Simmons
Hosted by: Megaphone
NPR News Now
31 (↑ 41) NPR News Now
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
The Breakfast Club
31 (↑ 37) The Breakfast Club
From: iHeartRadio
Hosted by: Megaphone
Dr. Death | S1: Dr. Duntsch
34 (↑ 48) Dr Death
From: Wondery
Hosted by: ART19
Code Switch
35 (↑ 36) Code Switch
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
The Moth
35 (→ 35) The Moth
From: The Moth
Hosted by: PRX
Reply All
37 (↑ 38) Reply All
From: Gimlet
Hosted by: Megaphone
Freakonomics Radio
37 (↓ 31) Freakonomics Radio
From: Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
Hosted by: Simplecast
Mark Levin Podcast
39 (↑ 47) The Mark Levin Show
From: Cumulus Podcast Network
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Michelle Obama Podcast
40 (↓ 25) The Michelle Obama Podcast
From: Higher Ground & Spotify
Hosted by: Megaphone
The Joe Budden Podcast
41 (↓ 32) The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
From: The Joe Budden Network
Hosted by: Libsyn
42 (↑ 44) Lore
From: Aaron Mahnke and Grim & Mild
Hosted by: Megaphone
True Crime Garage
43 (NEW) True Crime Garage
Hosted by: Omny Studio
H3 Podcast
43 (NEW) (within the H3 Podcast) Frenemies Podcast
From: Ethan Klein
Hosted by: Megaphone
The NPR Politics Podcast
45 (↑ 46) NPR Politics Podcast
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
You're Wrong About
45 (NEW) You’re Wrong About
From: Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
How I Built This with Guy Raz
47 (↓ 44) How I Built This with Guy Raz
From: NPR
Hosted by: NPR
Pardon My Take
48 (↑ 50) Pardon My Take
From: Barstool Sports
Monday Morning Podcast
49 (↓ 43) Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
From: All Things Comedy
Hosted by: Omny Studio
VIEWS with David Dobrik & Jason Nash
50 (↓ 40) VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash
Hosted by: Megaphone

Compiled using 8,000 online interviews with weekly podcast consumers in the US aged 18 years and older. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish from Jul 7 2020 to 30 Sep 2021. Ranking based on listening over the full period. Comparison with Jul 7 2020 to Jun 30 2021; 8,015 respondents. Data weighted using The Infinite Dial from Edison Research and Triton Digital.

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