Radio ratings: Hard road for Classic Rock and MTR as Austereo stays on top

The second full ratings period since DMG relaunched its Vega network as Classic Rock has seen the station fall slightly in Sydney and remain stable in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Austereo has retained the number one FM station in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane while new Melbourne talk station MTR has flopped.    

Classic Rock’s weekly daytime share fell from 4.5% to 4.3% in Sydney and stayed flat at 3.3% in Melbourne.

The axing of the Melbourne Dicko & Dave breakfast show by the DMG-owned Classic Rock took place in the final two weeks of the ratings period, which ran from May 9 to June 12 and June 27 to July 31. Over the whole ratings period, the timeslot actually improved slightly – up from a 2.3% to 2.6% share.


In Sydney, Austereo’s 2Day remains the number one FM station with a share of 9.4%, slightly down from the previous 9.7%. ARN’s WSFM remained stable at number two with a 6.6% share, while Nova 96.9 closed the gap – up from 6.1% to 6.5%.

At breakfast, Today FM’s Kyle & Jackie O Show improved in its number one spot – up from 10.2% to 10.5%.

Austereo boss Guy Dobson told Mumbrella: “The thing I’m most pleased to see this survey is Kyle & Jackie O above the 10s. There’s no God-given right to be number one and they work for it.”

Meanwhile, WSFM’s breakfast show Jonesey & Amanda in the Morning  strengthened its second place in the FM battle – up from 7.1% to 8.1%.

Despite the promotional push of asking listeners to promote the Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee breakfast show for Nova, the show’s share remained unchanged at 6.3%. However, the station’s 4-7pm drivetime slot which includes Ryan, Monty & Wippa from 4-6pm improved from 6.9% to 7.8%.

Sydney drivetime still belongs to 2Day FM’s Hamish & Andy though, with 4pm to 7pm listening at a massive 14.7%.

Sydney weekly daytime FM share:

  1. 2Day – 9.4%
  2. WSFM – 6.6%
  3. Nova96.9 – 6.5%
  4. Mix106.5 – 5.4%

In a potential worry for 2GB, Alan Jones’ audience has fallen again. Although he remains the most listened to breakfast show in Sydney, his share fell from 17.2% to 15.9%. Earlier this year he had hit the 20% mark.


The first numbers for new talk station MTR were a major disappointment. The station, which launched towards the beginning of the ratings period replacing 3MP pulled in a share of just 1.3%, down from 1.7%.

MTR program director and breakfast presenter Steve Price said, “This is where we start from. People are still finding us. We are putting to air a good alternative talk product which we think is compelling listening.  Our challenge is to change listener’s habits in a crowded and competitive radio market. We intend to make inroads over time.”

Despite a slight fall in weekly daytime share for Austereo’s Fox FM, the station remained in a comfortable number one slot. It also won the FM breakfast battle with 11.9% share for the Matt & Jo Show.

Meanwhile, the Eddie McGuire-led Triple M breakfast show has fallen to fifth in the FM battle for the timeslot, with a drop from 5.6% to 5.3%.

Melbourne weekly daytime FM share:

  1. Fox FM – 12.5%
  2. Gold – 7.3%
  3. Nova 100 – 7.0%


Weekly daytime FM share:

  1. B105 – 13.1%
  2. 97.3FM – 11.4%
  3. Nova 106.9 – 10.9%
  4. Triple M – 10.3%


Weekly daytime FM share:

  1. Mix 102.3 – 12.2%
  2. SAFM – 12.0%
  3. Triple M – 9.6%
  4. Nova 91.6%


Weekly daytime FM share:

  1. Mix 94.5 – 15.3%
  2. 92.9 – 13.5%
  3. Nova 93.7 – 10.3%
  4. 96FM – 8.9%

Ratings for Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth follow shortly.


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