PODCAST LISTENER DEMOGRAPHICS REPORT 2018

(updated March 2019)

PODCAST LISTENERS NEVER CEASE 
TO BE AWESOME

SINCE 2013 MIDROLL HAS BEEN CONDUCTING THE INDUSTRY'S LARGEST ONGOING SURVEY OF PODCAST LISTENERS

We do this to serve the growth of the podcast industry and provide our clients with practical audience demographics for every show we represent. This helps advertisers hone in on the specific audiences that best match their target markets. We also get an exclusive snapshot of the podcast audience as a whole.

73 Million Listeners a Month

THE PODCAST AUDIENCE HAS GROWN TO 90 MILLION LISTENERS A MONTH, ACCORDING TO EDISON RESEARCH. THAT'S A 113% INCREASE SINCE 2014, WHEN WE RELEASED OUR VERY FIRST REPORT.

In that time we’ve learned that podcast listeners are difficult to reach on other media platforms because they’re more likely to be cord-cutters, choosing ad-free premium video services. 


Moreover, the majority of podcast listeners sometimes or always ignore ads on TV, radio, out-of-home and the web. 


But they’re extremely loyal to their favorite podcasts, with strong engagement.

MIDROLL SURVEYED 151,502 LISTENERSFROM FEB. 2 TO OCT. 4, 2017

HOSTS OF 205 SHOWS ASKED LISTENERS TO TAKE OUR SHORT ONLINE SURVEY FROM FEB. 2 TO OCT. 4, 2017. AN ASTOUNDING NUMBER RESPONDED: 151,502 TO BE PRECISE.


PODCAST LISTENERS ARE HAPPY TO PARTICIPATE BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE HELPING THEIR FAVORITE SHOWS FIND THE RIGHT ADVERTISERS.

YOU'RE MISSINGMILLIONS OFPODCAST LISTENERSWITH TV ADS:

Television, radio, billboard, computer

63% SAY THEY SOMETIMES OR ALWAYSIGNORE TV COMMERCIALS

86% OF PODCAST LISTENERS SUBSCRIBE TO A PREMIUM VIDEO SERVICE LIKE NETFLIX,

WHERE THEY ARE EXPOSEDTO FEW TO NO COMMERCIALS.

61% SOMETIMESOR ALWAYS IGNOREBILLBOARDS

66% SOMETIMESOR ALWAYS IGNOREDIGITAL ADS

59% SOMETIMES ORALWAYS IGNORE RADIOCOMMERCIALS

BUT...

81 PERCENT

OF LISTENERS SAY THEY SOMETIMES OR ALWAYS

PAY ATTENTION TO PODCAST ADS.

Podcasts' score is even higher than Netflix

LISTENERS ARE LOYAL TOTHEIR FAVORITEPODCASTS.

The average Net Promoter Score

across all Midroll podcasts is 70.

Note that an NPS over 50 is considered truly awesome.

By comparison, the average NPS for the media industry is 45. Netflix's score is 68.*

*According to NPS benchmarks by CustomerGauge, https://npsbenchmarks.com

BIG TIME PROMOTERS

THESE PODCASTS HAVE NPS SCORES OF 85+

My Favorite Murder, Something to Wrestle, The Read, MeatEater Podcast, The Casey Crew Podcast, How Did This Get Made?
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PODCASTLISTENERSBUY FROMPODCAST ADS.

60% of podcast listeners

have bought something

from a podcast ad.

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THE MOST LOYAL LISTENERS ARE EVEN MORE LIKELY TO BUY

72 PERCENT

of people who have listened to a podcast for four or more years have made a purchase.

AT LEAST THREE-QUARTERS OF THESE SHOWS' LISTENERS BOUGHT SOMETHING FROM A PODCAST AD:

EDUCATED

PODCASTLISTENERSARE:

66%

HAVE A 

BACHELOR'S

OR HIGHER

DEGREE

AFFLUENT

Educated, Affluent, Millennial

44%

HAVE A 

HOUSEHOLD

INCOME OF

$75,000

OR MORE

OVERWHELMINGLYMILLENNIAL

66%

OF PODCAST

LISTENERS

ARE AGED

18 TO 34

FIND THE PERFECT

AUDIENCE

HERE'S WHERE THINGS GET INTERESTING

Midroll's industry-leading demographic data help us identify podcasts with very desirable audiences.

MOSTPOPULARWITHWOMEN

The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
Parenting Great Kids with Dr. Meg Meeker
The Casey Crew Podcast
Pantsuit Politics

MILLENNIALMOMSLOVETHESE SHOWS

Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard
Tested: This Is Only a Test Podcast

MILLENNIAL MEN CAN'TGET ENOUGHOF THESEPODCASTS

Giant Bombcast
MeatEater Podcast with Steven Rinella

REACH THE MOSTAWESOME AUDIENCESTODAY

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