Brisbane Radio Ratings: Nova 106.9 tops final survey of the year thanks to drive

Nova 106.9 has clinched the win in the final GfK radio ratings survey in Brisbane for the year, maintaining its lead in breakfast, drive and the overall audience share. Kate, Tim and Joel Creasey, the network’s new drive show following the departure of Marty Sheargold in September, gained 2.2 percentage points to reach a 15.9% audience share, and made up for a slight dip in the previous survey.

Ash, Kip and Luttsy with Susie O’Neill pulled even further ahead in the once closely-fought breakfast slot, ending the year with a 13% share, up 0.4 points. The strong drive and breakfast results gave Nova a 12.5% share, ahead of second place holder Triple M that landed on an 11% share.

Nova 106.9’s Kate, Tim and Joel gained 2.2 points

After gaining the 2.4 points last survey 4BC’s breakfast host, Neil Breen, took another hit, losing 1.5 points for a 9.1% share. Breen took over the slot from Alan Jones in June while the GfK ratings were paused due to COVID-19. His first survey, released in September, showed he had dropped 1.5 points from the slot’s prior survey, but the show is currently up 1 point on the same time last year.

Also in breakfast, it was the last Brisbane survey for Nick Cody, a member of the Triple M program with Margaux Parker and Greg ‘Marto’ Martin. The trio ended the year on a 10.6% share, up 0.8 points. Cody is moving down to Melbourne next year to replace Byron Cooke on the Fifi, Fev and Byron breakfast lineup on 101.9 Fox FM. His replacement on Triple M has not yet been announced.

Breakfast on Australian Radio Network’s 4KQ, hosted by Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine jumped 3.1 points, snaring a 10.5% share.

Brisbane radio ratings for survey eight. Source: GfK [Click to enlarge]

In drive, the line up of Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, followed by Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Ed Kavalee on Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) B105 lost 1.5 ratings points to land on a 11.4% share. It is also the last survey for Hughesy and Ed for SCA in drive, before the duo take up Sydney’s 2DayFM breakfast slot with Erin Molan on 18 January. Bickmore and Little will be taking over the whole drive slot in 2021.

Falling just one point behind B105 in drive was Triple M’s Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy, which lost 0.4 points. 4BC’s new local drive program with Scott Emerson held steady at a 6% share, and was up 1.3 points year on year.

Overall, 4BC lost 1.6 points, ending the year with a 7.9% share. B105 held onto third place with a 9.7% share, despite a loss of 0.8 points. Following closely behind was 4KQ, which gained 2.3 points for a 9.4% share, likely due to the success of its breakfast program.


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