Radio ratings: Early result for Classic Rock in Sydney; no breakthrough for Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee; Nova fourth in Brisbane

DMG’s decision to switch formats from Vega to Classic Rock appears to be showing early signs of paying off in Sydney, according to newly released listener ratings.

The station’s daytime share of listening rose from 3.6% to 4.5% its second rise in consecutive ratings periods.  

The Nielsen survey period covers April, May and the beginning of June.  Vega switched to Classic Rock half way through the previous period. In the last full ratings period before then change, Vega had languished on 3.2%.

The biggest lift for Classic Rock came in the 10-17 demo, up from 3.7% to 10%.

However, the switch was less immediate in Melbourne, where daytime share for Classic Rock  slipped a fraction, from 3.5% to 3.4%.

The Melbourne Classic Rock breakfast show fell from 3% to 2.3%.

DMG’s other big change – the Sydney breakfast show on Nova96.9 with Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee – remains a slog, with audience slipping from 7.5% to 6.3%.

In Sydney, Austereo’s 2Day FM remains on top among the commercial FM stations, with a 10.3% share. Kyle & Jackie O remained on top for breakfast, although their share slipped from 11.5% to 10.2%.

In Sydney talk, Alan Jones remained the king of the mornings on 2GB with 17.2%, while the station averaged 15.1% across the day. Rival talk station 2UE showed a small improvement, up from 4.4% to 5.6%.

In Melbourne, the Eddie McGuire-helmed Triple M breakfast show made steady progress, up from 5.2% to 5.9%.

Sister station Fox FM remained the numebr one in Melbourne commercial FM with 13.8%. Talk station 3AW stayed steady at 15.1%.

New Melbourne talk radio station MTR’s ratings barely moved on the last survey, although for the majority of the ratings period the station’s predecessor 3MP was on the frequency.


In Brisbane, Nova is still to fully recover from the destabilising effect of the departure of breakfast host Ash Bradnam over alcohol problems late last year. He has since been replaced by the Meshel, Tim & Marty show. They rated a 10.7% share, down on the previous 11.4%.

Nova – until recently the long time market leader in Brisbane – sunk to fourth for daily weekday share.

Austereo’s Triple M dropped  its daily share from 13% to 11.4%, handing the Brisbane  lead to sister station B105, up from 12.6% to 12.8%.

Moving into second place, ARN’s 97.3 FM rose from 11.5% to 12%, ahead of Triple M and Nova (down from 11.8% to 11.3%).

Using the alternative measurement of Monday-Sunday daytime share, the order shifts slightly, with B105 first, 97.3FM second, Nova third and Triple M fourth.


In Adelaide, ARN’s Mix 102.3 (up from 12.8% to 13.5) narrowly maintained its lead over Austereo’s SAFM (up from 12.7% to 13.3%).


In Perth, Austereo’s Mix 94.5 maintained its healthy lead with a daytime share of 16%.


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