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“Bible in a Year” Hits 430 Million Downloads, Grows by 48%, Climbs to #16 on Apple Chart

[Exton, PA, December 22, 2022—]

Ascension, the multimedia network which produces The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)TM podcast, has announced end-of-year numbers for the #1 Global Podcast in Religion & Spirituality:

  • 430 Million all-time episode Downloads / Plays (aggregate number reflecting podcast downloads, YouTube video plays, and Hallow app episode plays)
  • 250 Million episode downloads in 2022 (48% growth over 2021’s total downloads)
  • 130,000 “Bible in a Year” Facebook Group members (38% growth over 2021 EOY membership)

The company shared a 30-day audience reach of 1.5 M in its November 2022 press conference. This number reflects unique devices downloading episodes over that time period.

#1 Global Podcast in Religion & Spirituality (Chartable), Climbing in “All Categories” on Apple

The show has been the dominant podcast in Religion & Spirituality since its January 2021 launch, being Chartable’s #1 podcast in Religion & Spirituality in 2022 (Global Reach), Apple’s #1 podcast in Religion & Spirituality in 2021-2022, and remaining in the Top 3 Religion & Spirituality shows on Spotify throughout 2022. (Source: Chartable)

Chart watchers are waiting to see how the podcast performs in January 2023, as it currently sits at #16 in All Categories on Apple Podcasts and could potentially hit #1 in All Categories for the third year in a row as hundreds of thousands of listeners once again begin to explore the “Bible in a Year.”

Updates about Bible in a Year chart positions will be posted in the Ascension Newsroom in January 2023.

About The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) Podcast

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About Ascension

Ascension is a multimedia network and the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past twenty-four years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of more than ten million Catholics through award-winning books, the chart-topping Bible in a Year podcast, more than fifty unique faith formation programs, and Ascension Presents, which hosts the largest Catholic YouTube channel in English.

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