Triton Digital’s US podcast ranker reveals top shows for December

Stitcher Media remains as the number one sales network

Audio technology and advertising company Triton Digital has published its US podcast ranker covering the top shows in the US during its December 2022 reporting period. 

Using data from Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service which calculates top podcasts by weekly average downloads and weekly average users, the report concluded that news and true crime podcasts were most popular during the December period (28 November 2022 to 1 January 2023). 

According to the average weekly downloads, media company audiochuck’s hit true-crime podcast Crime Junkie remained as the number one show since November 2022 and was again followed by the NPR News Now podcast. Changes that did occur include NPR’s news daily podcast Up First moving up one spot to third place and Wondery’s true-crime podcast Morbid moving up two spots to fourth place.

Crime Junkie was also the most favoured podcast according to the ranking calculated by weekly average users, again having the number one spot. However, SXM Media’s true-crime show Dateline NBC was in second place - one up from the last reporting period, switching places with the Up First podcast. 

Crime Junkie, Dateline NBC, and Morbid also appeared in Apple Podcast’s Top Shows of 2022’ list at the end of last year with Crime Junkie ranking in first place and the rest following in third and fourth place. 

In addition to the top shows, Triton Digital’s ranker revealed that podcast distribution and monetisation company Stitcher remained as the number one sales network since the last reporting period, according to average weekly downloads, while media organisation NPR and broadcasting company Audacy continued to follow behind in second and third place - respectively. 

Stitcher is home to a number of podcast networks including Earwolf which is behind hit comedy podcasts such as How Did This Get Made? and Office Ladies as well as documentary network Witness Docs and podcast label More Sauce. The platform will also be the main distributor of Crooked Media’s highly-anticipated politics show Pod Save The UK which is expected to launch early this year.