Alan Jones’ Absence Is Doing No Favours For 2GB’s Ratings

Alan Jones’ Absence Is Doing No Favours For 2GB’s Ratings

GfK, the official provider of radio ratings for Commercial Radio Australia, today released its first survey for the year, with Macquarie’s 2GB continuing to lose market share in Sydney’s brekkie slot without Alan Jones.

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The controversial shock jock announced late last year that he would step away from the microphone over the summer to have a series of operations on his back and neck, and is set to return next month.

Since vacating the hot seat on 2GB, the station has continued to bleed market share in the radio ratings, with a 2.4 per cent drop in December, and a 1.6 per cent drop in the first survey for 2017.

However, 2GB is still holding on to top spot in Sydney’s breakfast slot, taking its number of consecutive victories to 102.

Here’s a breakdown of who was up and who was down in each of the metro radio markets:

SYDNEY

Macquarie Radio Network’s 2GB has once again taken out top spot in Sydney, with its overall market share remaining unchanged over summer at 11.3 per cent. Second was 702 ABC Sydney with 8.7 per cent (down 0.3 per cent), while Australian Radio Network’s WSFM moved up into third with 8.4 per cent market share (up 0.1 per cent).

Breakfast

First: 2GB (down 1.6 per cent to 12.9 per cent)

Second: 702 ABC Sydney (up 0.1 per cent to 10.9 per cent)

Third: KIIS 1065’s the Kyle & Jackie O show (unchanged at 10.5 per cent)

Drive

First: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 1.2 per cent to 10.3 per cent)

Second: KIIS 1065’s Hughesy & Kate (down 0.4 per cent to 9.1 per cent)

Third: 2GB’s Ben Fordham – Sydney Live (down 0.3 per cent to 8.9 per cent)

MELBOURNE

Macquarie’s 3AW still managed to hold on to the lead in Melbourne for overall market share despite a 0.7 per cent drop to 13.0 per cent, while 774 ABC Melbourne moved up into second with 9.8 per cent (up 0.2 per cent), and Nova’s smoothfm claimed third with 9.4 per cent (up 0.4 per cent).

Breakfast

First: 3AW’s Ross and John (down 0.6 per cent to 18.3 per cent)

Second: 774 ABC Melbourne (up 0.1 per cent to 13.3 per cent)

Third: Nova’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny (up 1.7 per cent to 8.1 per cent)

Drive

First: FOX FM’s Hamish & Andy (down 3.1 per cent to 11.7 per cent)

Second: smoothfm (up 1.9 per cent to 10.1 per cent)

Third: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 1.4 per cent to 9.4 per cent) and 3AW (down 0.6 per cent to 9.4 per cent)

BRISBANE

Remaining on top despite a big decline in overall market share is 97.3fm (down 1.2 per cent to 12.5 per cent), while Hit105 moved up into second with 11. 2 per cent (up 0.8 per cent), and Nova 106.9 fell to third with 11.0 per cent (down 1.6 per cent).

Breakfast

First: Hit105 (up 3.0 per cent to 11.9 per cent) and 612 ABC Brisbane (unchanged at 11.9 per cent)

Second: Triple M (up 2.9 per cent to 11.8 per cent)

Third: 97.3fm (down 2.0 per cent to 11.1 per cent)

Drive

First: Hit105’s Hamish & Andy (down 0.5 per cent to 14.7 per cent)

Second: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (down 1.2 per cent to 14.5 per cent)

Third: Triple J (up 2.1 per cent to 11.5 per cent) and 97.3fm (down 1.9 per cent to 11.5 per cent)

ADELAIDE

Mix 102.3 remains in pole position for overall market share in Adelaide despite another drop – down 0.9 per cent to 12.0 per cent, while FIVEaa has come from the middle of the pack to claim second, and 891 ABC Adelaide finished third with 10.9 per cent (down 1.0 per cent).

Breakfast

First: 891 ABC Adelaide (down 0.5 per cent to 16.3 per cent)

Second: FIVEaa (up 1.7 per cent to 14.7 per cent)

Third: Mix 102.3’s Jodie & Soda (up 0.3 per cent to 11.5 per cent)

Drive

First: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 0.8 per cent to 12.7 per cent)

Second: Triple J (up 4.6 per cent to 12.2 per cent)

Third: Mix 102.3 (up 2.7 per cent to 12.1 per cent)

PERTH

Mix 94.5 recorded a 1.4 per cent drop in overall market share to 14.3 per cent, but still managed to hold on to the top spot in Perth, while Nova increased its lead in second – up 0.6 per cent to 12.4 per cent – and 720 ABC Perth moved up into third with 10.7 per cent share of the market (up 1.6 per cent).

Breakfast

First: 720 ABC Perth (up 1.7 per cent to 14.7 per cent)

Second: Mix 94.5’s Clairsy, Matt and Kymba (up 1.3 per cent to 13.8 per cent)

Third: Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun (up 0.4 per cent to 12.7 per cent)

Drive

First: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 0.4 per cent to 14.1 per cent)

Second: Mix 94.5’s Lisa and Pete (down 2.6 per cent to 14.0 per cent)

Third: Triple J (up 1.1 per cent to 12.0 per cent) and Hit92.9’s Hamish & Andy (down 1.6 per cent to 12.0 per cent)