Radio host Rush Limbaugh says ratings are in for March, the month during which he faced severe criticism after calling a Georgetown University graduate student pushing insurance-covered birth control a “slut,” and he claims the news is good.

“For those of you new to the program, and by the way, we now know,” Limbaugh said this afternoon, “we got numbers in from March. Through the roof. Skyrocketing. All kinds of new people here.”

While the remark was just an aside thought from another issue he was discussing, it reveals Limbaugh has been tracking the size of his audience since last month’s national uproar in which some sponsors departed his program and other new ones joined.

While Limbaugh did not provide any specifics today, on March 29 he did disclose some early percentages.

“The simple answer is that on the range of all 600 radio stations, our ratings are up anywhere from 10 percent to 60 percent, depending on the station,” he said at the time.

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