lis·​ten·​er·​ship | \ ˈlis-nər-ˌship How to pronounce listenership (audio) , ˈli-sᵊn-ər- \

Definition of listenership

: the audience for a radio program or recording also : the number or kind of that audience

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Recent Examples on the Web Audiobook listenership also tends to be higher among women than men, and more popular with higher-income families. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer,, "Listen up: Covid brings an increase in audiobook demand at Jeff Library," 31 Dec. 2020 Podcast listenership has steadily risen in the last decade; a third of Americans have listened to one in the past month, according to the Pew Research Center. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Future of Social Media Is All Talk," 16 Dec. 2020 Plotnik, 34, is charged with driving growth and increasing listenership, and though the tech giant hasn’t released Apple Music subscriber numbers this year, one market research firm claimed double-digit year-over-year gains in an April report. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "40 Under 40: Billboard Reveals 2020 List of Young Executives Pushing the Industry Forward," 5 Nov. 2020 That’s not to say that people weren’t listening to oWOW, though; Gorman said listenership increased from April onwards, up 20% compared to the summer of 2019. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "oWOW Radio ends operations following struggles during coronavirus pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 TuneIn has had some financial problems and its listenership is dwarfed by iHeartRadio, which has monthly traffic of 28 million compared to TuneIn’s 9 million. Susan Slusser,, "A’s to add local radio station, 960 AM; change to iHeartRadio streaming service," 30 July 2020 There are stark differences between SiriusXM and Spotify, a streaming-only company that has far surpassed Pandora's listenership. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Will the SiriusXM-Pandora Merger Pay Off? Drake and U2 Are Aboard, But Rocky Waters May Lie Ahead," 13 Dec. 2019 According to the three different podcast analytics companies, listenership fell during March as an increasing number of Americans stayed at home due to the coronavirus. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Is podcast listening up or down due to the coronavirus?," 29 Mar. 2020 Most explained the careful balance between informing their listenership of urgent breaking news and being their escape from the increasingly grim reality of a global emergency. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How sports talk radio became safe haven in time of crisis," 19 Mar. 2020

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Listenership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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