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Top podcasts

Podcast Industry Ranking
Top 20 Podcasts
US Audience: February 2017
Rank Podcast Publisher
1 This American Life This American Life/Serial
2 RadioLab WNYC Studios
3 TED Radio Hour NPR
4 Freakonomics WNYC Studios
5 Stuff You Should Know HowStuffWorks
6 Planet Money NPR
7 Fresh Air NPR
8 The Joe Rogan Experience * Joe Rogan
9 Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! NPR
10 NPR Politics Podcast NPR
11 99% Invisible PRX/Radiotopia
12 The Moth PRX/Radiotopia
13 The Daily New York Times
14 Pod Save America* Crooked Media
15 Hidden Brain NPR
16 How I Built This NPR
17 Criminal PRX/Radiotopia
18 Stuff You Missed in History Class HowStuffWorks
19 The Nerdist Nerdist Industries
20 Crimetown* Gimlet Media

Ranking is based on Podtrac measurement data for Unique Monthly Audience for shows that measure with Podtrac. Shows on the Ranking which do not measure with Podtrac are denoted with an asterisk (*). Ranking of these shows is determined by a proprietary Podtrac algorithm which uses publicly available data.

Podtrac measurement is free to use by any podcast. Vist Podtrac.com for more information.