Brisbane radio ratings: Triple M sees growth across the board as Nova loses breakfast crown

Nova 106.9’s breakfast show featuring Ash Bradnam, Kip Wightman and David ‘Luttsy’ Lutteral has lost its breakfast crown, after a 0.9 point drop to 11.8%.

The crown now belongs to Hit 105’s Abby Coleman, Stav Davidson and Matty Acton (Stav, Abby & Matt) who climbed 0.6 points to 13.1%.

Ash Bradnam, Kip Wightman and David Lutteral Luttsy with Susie O’Neill lost the top breakfast spot

Nova suffered declines across every time slot except the weekend, with its drive show featuring Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold dropping 1.2 points to 14%. Despite the decline, the drive show still hung onto its top spot.

In the fifth GfK ratings of the year, Nova also lost its top spot in overall share, after it fell 0.8 points to 11.4% – putting it just behind Hit 105, 97.3 FM and Triple M.

This ratings period ran from May 27 to Jun 30 and Jul 15 to Aug 18.

Triple M, in contrast, had the biggest share point boost in both breakfast and drive. The station’s breakfast show featuring Greg Martin, Robin Bailey and Lawrence Mooney increased by 1.6 points to 12.7%, making it the second most listened to show in the time slot. The show had previously been floundering in fourth position in the past two surveys.

Brisbane radio ratings survey 5 2018 Source: GfK (Click to enlarge)

The station, which was in fourth position in overall audience share in the previous survey, came in joint second place with ARN and Nova’s joint venture 97.3 FM. Both stations now hold an 11.6% overall audience share.

97.3 FM’s breakfast show recently replaced Terry Hansen with Mike van Acker, after Hansen announced he would be leaving the show due to health problems related to punishing breakfast hours. Mike van Acker started on July 16, so was on air for part of this survey.

In drive, Triple M’s show featuring Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy increased by 1.2 points to third place with a 12.3% share.

However it wasn’t enough to win the second place slot, which went to Hit105’s format featuring Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, followed by David Hughes and Kate Langbroek. The station achieved a 12.6% share despite a 1.5 point drop.

The newly-launched Macquarie Sports Radio once again had the lowest overall share across all stations, with a 1% share of the market, down 0.1 points from last survey.


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