‘The Breakfast Club’ Was December’s Biggest Podcast Mover; ‘The Daily’ Remained On Top.


The on-demand version of a syndicated morning radio show was the biggest mover on Podtrac’s monthly ranking of the top podcasts among publishers it tracks. The Breakfast Club podcast leapt 13 positions during December, to finish as the 12th most-downloaded show. That is the highest position to date for the show hosted by Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. The New York-based show may be benefiting from cross-promotion on other shows in the Black Effect Podcast Network, the podcast network that Charlamagne launched in September in a partnership with iHeartMedia.


The New York Times-produced news podcast The Daily was the most downloaded and streamed show in December according to Podtrac. The Daily has sat on top of the ranker for 26 consecutive months. 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. The iHeartPodcast Network show Stuff You Should Know returned to the top five.


December brought an unusually high level of moves up and down as Podtrac reports the remainder of the top ten was filled with movement. NBC News’ Dateline NBC podcast rose to No. 6 and Barstool Sports’ Call Her Daddy jumped to No. 7 while This American Life slid three to No. 8. Political and pandemic news helped push the CNN News Briefing back into the top ten at No. 9. The CNN podcast is a three-minute show released each morning and afternoon. Westwood One’s The Dan Bongino Show slid back to No. 10.


NPR had the most podcasts among the top 20 during November – with six shows making the cut. It also had the biggest drop. With Election Day in the rearview mirror, the NPR Politics Podcast dropped eight spots to No. 18 in December.

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