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Report: Top Five Podcasts Launched in the U.S. in 2023


Edison Research
Edison Research

This week's Insight from Edison Research features new data on podcasts. Below are the top five shows that debuted in the U.S. in 2023, in terms of having highest average weekly audience over the course of the entire year. The firm says that launching a show earlier in the year helps the show's average, just as the rankings of movies or songs benefit from when in the year they are released.

The Top Five New Shows of 2023 are presented in alphabetical order. The common threads of YouTube and social media success are undeniable and you can all the shows have strong subscriber bases and social media followings. And if popular YouTubers are classified as celebrities, all these shows have the power of celebrity hosts.

Brain Leak is hosted by YouTubers Jacksepticye (Sean McLoughlin) and CrankGameplays (Ethan Nestor), and the first episode was released in April 2023.

Podcast P with Paul George is hosted by NBA Superstar Paul George and produced by Wave Sports + Entertainment, the same producer as New Heights. The first episode launched in March, 2023.

That Chapter Podcast launched in January, 2023 after success as a YouTube channel for over five years.

Brittany Broski co-hosted Violating Community Guidelines with Sarah Schauer for a little over a year and then broke out on her own in May 2023 to launch The Broski Report with Brittany Broski. Broski has also had a strong presence on YouTube since 2019.

With over 6.5 million followers on YouTube and a strong presence on TikTok and Instagram, Matt and Abby launched their official podcast, The Unplanned Podcast, in February 2023.

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