Triton Digital will measure Pandora's national and local audience using the more-traditional AQH and cume metrics as part of their new MRC-accredited Triton Webcast Metrics Local report, the companies announced in a joint press release this morning. Triton also released local Pandora audience ratings for March 2012.
The ratings show Pandora with an AQH rating of 1.0-1.2 for nearly all of the markets among A18-34s. Among A18-49s, the company's rating falls between 0.7 and 0.9. Pandora's cume ratings range between 22 and nearly 29 among A18-34s (the top market being San Francisco with a cume rating of 28.7), while among A18-49s the cume rating falls between 15 and nearly 21.
In a typical major market Arbitron report, in a demo like A18-34, the top-rated broadcast station might have about a 0.7 AQH rating (which would equate to about a 9.0 share in the demo).
Pandora writes in its press release: "The national results for March 2012 show that among adults 18-49 Pandora has a weekly cume of 23,874,175, which is equivalent to a cume rating of 17.8 and, when compared to radio networks in Arbitron's March 2012 RADAR 112 report, makes Pandora the largest adult 18-49 radio network in the U.S."
Pandora CRO John Trimble commented, "The new Triton reports are a great step forward for the radio industry and satisfy the growing demand for an apples-to-apples, third-party measurement solution for terrestrial and Internet radio."
RAIN ANALYSIS: Triton's ratings show Pandora continuing its AQH growth among A18-49 from the figures released in December 2011 by Edison Research and Pandora (see the charts below). The ratings suggest that Pandora is the #1 consumer brand of radio in almost every one of the top 10 markets, (in the sense that 'Kiss 109' is a consumer brand but 'Clear Channel' or 'Cumulus' are not).