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Top podcasts

Podcast Industry Ranking
Top 20 Podcasts
US Audience: September 2017
Rank Podcast Publisher
1 This American Life This American Life/Serial
2 Stuff You Should Know HowStuffWorks
3 RadioLab WNYC Studios
4 Up First NPR
5 The Daily The New York Times
6 Planet Money NPR
7 TED Radio Hour NPR
8 Freakonomics WNYC Studios
9 Fresh Air NPR
10 Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! NPR
11 The Joe Rogan Experience* Joe Rogan
12 The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe MRW Productions
13 Hidden Brain NPR
14 NPR Politics Podcast NPR
15 Pod Save America* Crooked Media
16 How I Built This NPR
17 TEDTalks PRX
18 99% Invisible PRX/Radiotopia
19 Pardon My Take Barstool Sports
20 The Moth PRX/Radiotopia

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.