The second-last radio ratings survey for 2018 has been released, and again there are a few surprises.
In Sydney, the ABC enjoyed some serious gains across every single timeslot, with its drive and evening shows increasing their market share by 2.7 per cent and 4.2 per cent respectively.
But perhaps the biggest shock was the performance of its breakfast program, with hosts Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck (pictured above) tying for market share with KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O with 10.7 per cent.
Oh, and WSFM’s Jonesey & Amanda bombed out of the Sydney brekkie top three with a 2.1 per cent market share skid to 7.2 per cent.
In Melbourne, it was business as usual for 3AW’s Ross and John, with the Macquarie program achieving the biggest growth of all breakfast programs.
After posting negative results in his first two full ratings surveys, GOLD 104.3’s Christian O’Connell finally had something to cheer about, with his show increasing its market share by 1.2 per cent to rank as the third most listened to in brekkie FM.
In Brisbane, SCA’s Stav, Abby & Matt surrendered top spot in breakfast to stablemate Triple M with a 2.2 per cent market share drop.
Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty experienced the same fate, with a 2.0 per cent share fall helping Hit105’s Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate claim the number one ranking for drive.
In Adelaide, Triple M was the biggest mover in breakfast, with its market share slipping 2.0 per cent to sit behind FIVEaa, the ABC, Mix 102.3 and Nova.
As for drive, FIVEaa experienced a whopping 3.4 per cent skid down to third place behind Mix 102.3 and Nova.
And in Perth, Hit929’s double-barrell drive line-up of Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate has outdone Mix 94.5’s Lisa and Pete to claim second spot, but is still yet to threaten Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty.
See below for a comprehensive roundup of the latest metro ratings by city:
Macquarie Media’s 2GB has given up some of its overall ratings lead, down 1.3 per cent to 14.1 per cent.
The Australian Radio Network’s WSFM suffered a 1.8 per cent market share slide, with NOVA Entertainment’s smoothfm (down 0.5 per cent) and ABC Sydney (up 1.3 per cent) finishing in equal second with 8.8 per cent share each.
KIIS 1065 enjoyed a 1.3 per cent market share jump to move into third with 8.6 per cent.
First: 2GB’s The Alan Jones Breakfast Show (down 1.5 per cent to 17.5 per cent)
Second: KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O (up 0.5 per cent to 10.7 per cent) and ABC Sydney’s Breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck (up 1.8 per cent to 10.7 per cent)
Third: WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda (down 2.1 per cent to 7.2 per cent)
First: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (down 1.0 per cent to 11.8 per cent)
Second: smoothfm’s Byron Webb (down 0.2 per cent to 9.2 per cent)
Third: ABC Sydney’s Drive with Richard Glover (up 2.7 per cent to 9.0 per cent)
Macquarie’s 3AW has grown its overall market share lead once again, up 1.0 per cent to 14.5 per cent.
Nova’s smoothfm remained in second despite its market share falling 0.1 per cent to 9.8 per cent, while Southern Cross Autereo’s FOX FM (up 0.1 per cent) and the Australian Radio Network’s GOLD 104.3 (up 0.2 per cent) finished equal third with 9.5 per cent apiece.
First: 3AW’s Ross and John (up 1.4 per cent to 19.8 per cent)
Second: ABC Melbourne’s Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah (up 0.4 per cent to 10.4 per cent)
Third: Fox FM’s Fifi, Fev & Byron (down 0.6 per cent to 9.0 per cent)
First: Fox FM’s Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate (up 0.5 per cent to 11 per cent)
Second: 3AW Drive (up 0.7 per cent to 10.6 per cent)
Third: smothfm’s Byron Webb (down 0.2 per cent to 9.6 per cent)
After finishing third overall last survey, SCA’s Triple M has taken back lead in Brisbane with a 0.4 per cent market share uptick to 11.6 per cent.
Nova 106.9 fell to second with 11.5 per cent (down 1.1 per cent), and SCA’s Hit105 finished third with 11.3 per cent (down 0.4 per cent).
First: Triple M’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin & The Moonman (up 0.8 per cent to 12.3 per cent)
Second: Hit105’s Stav, Abby & Matt (down 2.2 per cent to 11.2 per cent)
Third: Nova 106.9’s Ash, Kip & Luttsy with Susie O’Neill (down 1.8 per cent to 10.1 per cent)
First: Hit105’s Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate (up 1.7 per cent to 14.2 per cent)
Second: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (down 2.0 per cent to 13.7 per cent)
Third: Triple M’s Kennedy Molloy (up 0.8 per cent to 11.6 per cent)
ARN’s Mix 102.3 saw its market share fall 0.6 per cent to 13 per cent, but that wasn’t enough to deny it overall honours.
FIVEaa was next best again with 10.9 per cent market share (down 1.9 per cent), and ARN’s Cruise 1323 moved into the top three with 10.2 per cent share (up 1.0 per cent).
First: FIVEaa’s David and Will (down 1.0 per cent to 14.6 per cent)
Second: ABC Adelaide’s Ali Clarke (up 0.6 per cent to 13.4 per cent)
Third: Mix 102.3’s Jodi & Soda (down 0.8 per cent to 12.4 per cent)
First: Mix 102.3’s Will & Woody (down 0.3 per cent to 13.2 per cent)
Second: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 0.5 per cent to 12.2 per cent)
Third: FIVEaa’s Rowey & Bicks (down 3.4 per cent to 9.6 per cent)
Nova has reclaimed the overall ratings crown in Perth with a 0.9 per cent market share rise to 14.4 per cent.
Mix 94.5 fell back down to second with 13.9 per cent (down 0.2 per cent) and Hit929 held on to third with 10.4 per cent market share (down 0.4 per cent).
First: Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun (up 0.5 per cent to 15.1 per cent)
Second: Mix 94.5’s Clairsy, Matt and Kymba (down 1.3 per cent to 12.6 per cent)
Third: 6PR’s Breakfast with Steve Mills and Basil Zempilas (up 0.9 to 11 per cent)
First: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty (up 1 per cent to 16.2 per cent)
Second: Hit929’s Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate (up 1.6 per cent to 12.9 per cent)
Third: Mix 94.5’s Lisa and Pete (down 0.8 per cent to 12.6 per cent)