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June’s Podstars: ‘Smosh Reads Reddit Stories’ Jumps Into Top 10; ‘Best Friends’ Enters Top 20.


The top five shows on Podtrac’s monthly ranking of the most listened-to podcasts remained the same in June, led by the New York Times’ The Daily and a pair of NPR news podcasts. But the ranking shows some big jumps among the publishers it measures. The biggest leap came from Smosh Reads Reddit Stories, which jump to 10th place, up from No. 36 in May. 


It is the best showing to date for the two-year old show that features host Shayne Topp and his friends reacting to unhinged Reddit stories. Among its June episodes were shows that featured vacation horror stories, episodes about pranks and how to spot red flags, and a Pride month special.


Another big mover in June was The Paragon Collective’s Bad Friends. It jumped to No. 20, up from No. 37 in May. It is the best showing so far for the four-year old comedy series hosted by Andrew Santino and Bobby Lee.


Another June winner was Cumulus Podcast Network’s Shawn Ryan Show, which advanced seven to No. 13. Ryan is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, CIA Contractor, and founder of Vigilance Elite who discusses the ups and downs, wins and losses, successes and struggles, the good and bad with “real” people.


Back in the top 10, the only upward movement was for Fox News’s hourly newscast, which rose one to sixth place – swapping spots with Wondery’s SmartLess. And Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take fell out of the top 10 with the entry of Smooth Reads Reddit Stories.


Podtrac says June had softer listening for most of the publishers it measures, with only two of the U.S. ranking participants – PodcastOne and Lemonada Media – posting month-to-month gains in their unique monthly audience size. And only one publisher – Lemonada – seeing an increase in U.S. downloads.

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