What Were The Top Formats of 2015?



According to Nielsen the News/Talk remained American’s No. 1 overall format in the 48 PPM markets. Although Urban Contemporary and Sports both had record-breaking years. For the second year in a row, Classic Hits took home the “Format of the Summer” title but not without strong competition from Hot AC and Country. The harsh winter months drove up listenership for News/Talk and All News, particularly in the Northeast. And while CHR didn’t always grab headlines this year, it consistently remained one of the most listened to formats, leading the way with listeners aged 18-34 and 25-54 across PPM markets. Here are the top formats, according to Nielsen, in 2015.

Persons 6 plus
1) News/Talk
2) CHR
3) Country
4) AC
5) Hot AC

In the 18-34 Demo
1) CHR
2) Country
3) Hot AC
4) Urban Contemporary
5) AC

In the 25-54 Demo
1) CHR
2) Country
3) TIE – AC and Hot AC
4) News/Talk
5) Classic Rock


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