Melbourne radio ratings: Fox FM kicks off the year as most-listened-to FM station across the board

Southern Cross Austereo’s Fox was the most-listened-to FM station in breakfast, drive and overall people, climbing the most in the breakfast time slot.

Fox FM’s breakfast team of Fifi Box, Brendan Fevola and Byron Cooke managed to climb 3.3 ratings points in the first survey of the year with a 10.3% audience share, overtaking Nova, Triple M and Gold104.3.

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1 2018. Source: GfK (Click to enlarge)

Coming in second to Fox FM’s clear lead in the breakfast battle was Nova Entertainment’s Nova 100.3.

Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown saw a slight 0.2 point increase for survey one taking its share to 8.4%.

Survey one ran from January 21 to March 3.

Triple M’s ‘Hot breakfast team’ Eddie McGuire, Wil Anderson and Luke Darcy came in third with a 7.9% share compared to last survey’s 7.6% share. Anderson replaced Mick Molloy, who moved into a syndicated drive-time slot with Jane Kennedy after Merrick Watts departed.

Meanwhile, Smooth FM’s Jennifer Hanson and Mike Perso attracted a 7.8% share, jumping 2.5 points while Gold104, which has no permanent host at present, stayed stagnant on a 7.4% share.

Last year, Gold104’s parent company, Australian Radio Network (ARN), announced Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann will not be returning to the network in 2018. UK radio star Christian O’Connell was subsequently announced as the duo’s replacement, however his show has not yet kicked off.

Coming in second last spot for the FM stations was Kiis 101.1’s new breakfast duo, Jase Hawkins and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding.

‘Jase ad PJ’ – who joined the ARN network from New Zealand in January – fell 1.2 ratings points to a breakfast share of 5.1%.

Triple J saw a 4.1% share, taking the last FM breakfast spot.

In the AM battle, 3AW was once again the most-listened-to station across both AM and FM stations despite dropping 1.1 points to 19%.

ABC Melbourne had a 10.1% share, after falling 2.9 points.

Meanwhile, 3RN managed a 3.9% share just beating SEN’s 3.2%.

Survey one saw Fox FM’s new drive show combination – which features two shows Carrie & Tommy, followed by Hughesy & Kate – crowned the top FM drive spot.

Improving 1.7 share points from the last survey to 12.7%, Fox FM held on to its top drive spot despite seeing the departure of Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

Coming in behind Fox FM was Smooth FM’s Byron Webb, who overtook Nova as it managed a 1.7 point increase to 8.8%.

In a tie for third place, Nova’s Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold and Triple M’s Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy managed an 8.7% share as Nova fell 1.8 points and Triple M jumped 2.2 points.

Gold 104.3’s Gavin Miller took home the fourth drive FM spot with an 8.1% share beating Kiis FM’s new drive team Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw who dropped 2 whole share points to 7.4%.

Meanwhile in the AM stations, 3AW took the top spot with a 10.4% share compared to ABC Melbourne’s 6.7%.

The other AM stations consisted of ABC News’1.7%, 3RN’s 2.3% and SEN’s 3.1%.’

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1 2018. Total audience share. Source: GfK

In the FM battle, Fox FM was the most-listened-to station overall scoring a 10.8% share compared to last year’s 8.4%.

Hot on its heels was Smooth FM, which managed to jump 2.5 points to 10.3%.

The third most-listened-to FM station was Gold 104.3 gaining 0.1 points to 9.7%. The station lost its first place title from last year’s survey.

Triple M came in fourth with a 7.4% share despite jumping 1.1 points from last survey’s 6.3%.

Meanwhile, Nova fell one point to 7% but still managed to beat Kiis FM’s 5.7% share.

Triple J managed a 4.8% overall audience share as it fell 0.6 points.

For the AMs, 3AW was the most-listened-to station overall despite dropping 1.8 points to an overall audience share of 13.2%.

ABC Melbourne saw an overall share of 8.1% also dropping 1.2 points.


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