Election season kept news-focused podcasts at the top of Podtrac’s monthly list of the biggest shows among the publishers it measures. Once again, the New York Times’ flagship morning news podcast The Daily was the most downloaded and streamed show. That marks 25 consecutive months on top for The Daily. It was followed by NPR’s hourly five-minute podcast NPR News Now, NPR-produced morning news podcast Up First and The Daily Wire’s politics-driven talker The Ben Shapiro Show.
Podtrac says six of the top ten podcasts last month were either news or politically driven talk shows.The big movement came in the rest of the top ten with This American Life up three spots to No. 5. And iHeartMedia’s Stuff You Should Know moved up one to sixth, followed by NBC News’ Dateline NBC podcast at No. 7. Politics also bought Westwood One’s The Dan Bongino Show into the top ten. The conservative talk host’s show jumped four spots – the most of any podcast on the top twenty – to become the eighth-biggest podcast in November. It was the second month in a row that Bongino had the fastest-growing podcast among those on Podtrac’s top 20. The NPR Politics Podcast also moved into the top ten.
Barstool Sports’ racy Call Her Daddy had the biggest drop, moving down four places, but it remained in the top ten at No. 9.
NPR had the most podcasts among the top 20 during November – with seven shows making the cut. But it was a rare month for NPR in another way as neither of the TED-branded podcasts –TED Talks Dailyor theTED Radio Hour– made the cut.