Brisbane radio ratings: Nova grows lead in tight contest

The Brisbane radio landscape has seen little change over the last couple of months, with Nova106.9 sustaining its lead in the Queensland capital, on 11.2% overall share of people 10+, up 0.6% on the second GfK metro radio ratings survey of 2022.

Survey three ran from Sunday 27 February to Saturday 17 April and Sunday 17 April to Saturday 21 May.

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Coming second overall and closing the gap behind Nova was ARN’s KIIS973 on 10.8% overall share, continuing to recover with a further 1.7% increase on the last book after its fall from the top spot in survey one, following its January rebrand from 97.3FM

Rounding out the top three was ARN’s 4KQ on 10.7 percentage points, up 1.3% since survey two. With only 0.2 percentage points separating second and fourth place, the Hit Network’s B105 fell into the fourth spot on 10.6% of total share, despite a lift of 0.6% since survey two.

The biggest variance on the last book was a 1.8 percentage point gain from 104.5 Triple M, bringing the station to a total share of 10%, in fifth place overall.

Tim Blackwell, Kate Ritchie and Joel Creasey

The breakfast timeslot saw a few significant shifts, with ABC Brisbane losing the top spot to B105’s Stav, Abby and Matt, thanks to the Hit Network station’s 0.3 percentage point increase, on top of a 2.3 point growth last book.

The public broadcaster continued to fall with a loss of 1.5 percentage points since survey two, seeing ABC Brisbane drop to third place for the breakfast timeslot, with Nova106.9’s Ash, Luttsy and Susie O’Neill scoring 11.5% of breakfast share, up 1 percentage point since survey two.

Other notable movements for the breakfast timeslot included a significant gain for Triple M’s 104.5, which jumped 2.2 points to 9.9% of breakfast share, adding to a 0.6 point increase between survey one and two. ABC Classic felt a big loss, dropping from 2.8% last book down to 1.9% of share for the breakfast slot.

There was a lot of movement in the drive timeslot, with Nova106.9 bumping its lead with a 1 point increase on the last book, keeping the station’s Kate, Tim and Joel firmly in the lead on 14.4% of share for the timeslot.

Hit Network’s B105’s national drive show Carrie and Tommy also sustained its’ second place position on 10.7% despite a loss on 0.4 points on the last book, followed by KIIS973’s Will and Woody, which jumped a massive 2.6 percentage points from survey 2, up to 10.2% share for the timeslot.

ABC Brisbane lost its 1.2 point gain from the last book, dropping 1.9 points to 8.5%, in fifth position for drive. The timeslot also saw another disappointing loss for Nine Radio’s 4BC drive show with Scott Emerson, down another 1 point to 3.2%.

Other notable movements in the drive slot included a 1.3 point gain for 4KQ’s Nick Michaels, up to 7.7%, with 104.5 Triple M’s The Rush Hour With Liesel, Liam and Dobbo, which gained 0.9 points, bringing it to a share of 9.% for the timeslot. 1 point loses were felt by both 4BC and 4RN, with 4BH 1116 down 0.8 points on the last book for the drive slot.


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