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Savage Tops Online Radio Ratings in Talk Stream Live Survey

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By Mark Holthaus   |   Monday, 08 Jul 2013 10:27 AM

The Savage Nation has lifted Michael Savage to No. 1 in Talk Stream Live's top 25 talk shows in the second quarter of 2013, narrowly edging Rush Limbaugh by two-tenths of a point and marking the second time that Savage has become the top streaming talker. 

Glenn Beck was No. 3 followed by Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, according to TalkStreamLive.com.

Savage last ranked No. 1 in the third quarter of 2012 just before a short hiatus due to network changes and the start in a new time slot.

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The Talk Stream Live report tracked talk radio show metrics gathered on the Internet and collected through TalkStreamLive.com's website, gadgets, iPhone app and “click2listen” links on social networks from April 1 through June 30 and ranked only talk show hosts listed at TalkStreamLive.com. The sample size was 869,144 listener sessions.

Following are the rank and audience share of Talk Stream Live's top 25 programs:

1 Michael Savage 12.5
2 Rush Limbaugh 12.3
3 Glenn Beck 9.2
4 Mark Levin 6.7
5 Laura Ingraham 6.0
6 Sean Hannity 4.4
7 Tammy Bruce 3.7
8 George Noory 2.6
9 Dennis Miller 2.3
10 Alex Jones 2.2
11 Bill Bennett 1.7
12 John Batchelor 1.4
13 Michael Medved 1.3
14 Andrea Tantaros 1.2
15 Red Eye Radio 1.1
16 Jerry Doyle 1.0
17 Dennis Prager 0.9
18 Rusty Humphries 0.9
19 Monica Crowley 0.9
20 The Dana Show 0.7
21 Hugh Hewitt 0.7
22 Quinn and Rose 0.7
23 IMUS 0.6
24 Larry Kudlow 0.6
25 Dave Ramsey 0.6

Talk Stream Live's top five in the second quarter of 2013 were also its top five overall for 2012, but in this order: Limbaugh, Savage, Beck, Ingraham, and Levin. The sample size for the Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012, survey period was 2.75 million listening sessions. That survey ranked the top 100 talk shows.

Limbaugh has been considered America's most widely listened-to talk-radio host ("the most listened-to radio host on the planet," he likes to say). He is also the father of the current era of talk radio, and an influential player on America's political scene, according to the NewsMax Top 25 Radio Hosts, which rates Limbaugh as America's most influential host.

Savage is individualistic, iconoclastic, and eclectic; a passionate populist who sometimes sounds like a shock jock, according to the NewsMax rating, which places him fourth.

"Those who listen to me say they hear a bit of Plato, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Moses, Jesus, and Frankenstein," says Savage.

Bill O'Reilly is rated second and Don Imus is rated third in the NewsMax standing. Ingraham is sixth and Beck is seventh. Levin isn't included in the top 25.

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