My chart ranking dropped a lot. What happened?
We get this question often, and it's understandable!
Apple Podcasts podcast charts — the "default" charts shown in the Apple Podcasts apps — are based on recent subscribers, not on downloads. The episode charts, however, are thought to be based on actual listens. (Note that Apple has never publicly confirmed the algorithms behind the charts, so we're making an educated guess here.)
So if your downloads have stayed the same, but your show chart position dropped, it might just be that you're not getting as many new listeners.