BBC Radio 1 Official Chart show is the biggest chart show on UK radio

New figures confirm that The Official Chart with Scott Mills is officially the biggest chart show on radio in the UK.

While BBC Radio 1 are still basking in the glow of scoring a Number 1 single of their own earlier this month, with the Live Lounge All Stars’ charity cover of Times Like These, the station are celebrating once again today as new figures confirm that The Official Chart with Scott Mills is officially the biggest chart show on radio in the UK.

The latest RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2020 put the Official Charts Company-compiled chart show that is broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 1, as the UK’s Number 1 chart show, reaching 1.405m listeners weekly.

Add in the Official Chart First Look preview show too (every Sunday at 6pm), and its reach extends even further to 1.588m listeners.

The Official Chart has graced Radio 1’s airwaves in various guises for five decades. In summer 2015 the Official Chart moved to Friday drive-time in as part of a transition that saw music release dates align around the world to the new day of Friday.

The presenter baton was passed to Scott Mills in June 2018, whose mission statement when he took over at the helm was to make The Official Chart “Friday’s main event”. Well, he’s certainly done that - the Official Chart is now the biggest chart countdown on UK radio.

Tune into The Official Chart with Scott Mills from 4pm every Friday on BBC Radio 1.

What makes The Official Chart “official”?

The Official Chart, heard exclusively on BBC Radio 1 every Friday, is compiled by the Official Charts Company on behalf of the British music industry.

The Official Chart is “the only chart that counts” – it’s the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, capturing full UK music market consumption across 7 days of physical sales, downloads, audio streaming and video streams.

The Official Chart includes daily data feeds from a staggering 15,000+ retailers and digital services - from high street shops, supermarkets, independent record shops, all major digital download stores such as Amazon and iTunes, all key audio streaming services including the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Tidal, video streaming platforms such as YouTube, plus many more.

The chart that is subscribed to by the British music industry, broadcast by the BBC, verifies all-time record-breaking chart feats and decides the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 is The Official Chart.

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Without figures for the other radio charts and a source this is not even the equivalent of number 1 in the melody maker top 30 :-)




On the readup the first look show on Sunday is most listened then Friday actual show, So Katie and Cal Wins on that, I also hope soon Official Charts gets a repeats on Radio 2 on modern charts or moved to it radio 2 as that a top station, or moved to morning slots as that when radio get the main ratings, last time on data very recently shows Big Top 40 is #1 as it has over 2 million viewers so that may have to change figures?. Also Radio 1 says it is the only one that counts, from Official Charts Company, but they do cover lots of charts on the official charts website (from direct real sales to physical single sales!) and selections just like billboard charts, but i think there like to combined a version of just one major charts with more rules required (Like Singles Charts for UK + Hot 100 USA Charts) fact over the years on Radio 1 with technology they haven't included Christmas day Sales for Christmas #1 for the most accurate charts for festive season but this may be for Traditional charts data for week ending like USA, meaning therefore it will be a day to 6 days of data sales behind! due to date, So Christmas Chart should be broadcast on 26th December/ slightly after.


Peter Lindsley


Wish they would play all the songs instead of just naming some of them.


Jason Smith


Proves something...... Scott Mills should have taken over the show years ago, his first stint as a stand in presenter was back in October 1999.


Sergej Dordij




🧡 oliviasnoodles 🍜


At least it’s not the biased sales chart. At least that doesn’t get counted down every Friday. Either way, congratulations! :)








Congratulations! :D




Maybe the other chart will now stop saying that they're "the biggest" :D