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Radio ratings: Rove & Sam stagnate in Sydney; Gold tops FM in Melbourne; Howson down in Brisbane; Mix tops drive in Perth

Rove McManus and Sam Frost’s breakfast show has failed to make an impact for Southern Cross Austereo’s 2DayFM with the show’s audience share remaining stagnant at 3%, still bottom among its FM rivals despite a huge marketing push at the start of the year.

Rove and Sam failed to grow audiences despite a huge marketing push

Rove and Sam failed to grow audiences despite a huge marketing push

However, 2DayFM did manage to find significant audience gains across some of its weekday daytime shows, including a 2.6% point leap for mornings and 2% share jump for the afternoon slot, while Hamish Blake and Andy Lee’s drive show managed a 0.1% jump, with the station up 0.7% for total people to a 4% share.

Alan Jones remains the dominant breakfast force with the 2GB announcer climbing 0.8% to 16%, while Ray Hadley dropped a massive 4.4% share points falling to 14.1% as the talkback station slipped to 11.6% share among people 10+, down 1.2 points on the last survey.

KiisFM is closing the gap on 2GB climbing 0.9 points to a 9.7% total people share, thanks largely to Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson’s breakfast show managing a significant 2.4% share jump to 12.5%.

Sydney ratings

TripleM’s Grill team jumped to second place, up 0.4% to 7.2% share, ahead of WSFM duo Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller who lost 0.1% share to start the year on 7.1%.

Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa slipped backwards 0.6 points to a share of 6.5% while sister station SmoothFM saw a 0.9 point rise in breakfast to a share of 5.6%.

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2016: Total people share. Source: GfK

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2016: Total people share. Source: GfK

Smooth enjoyed big gains across the spectrum, growing its overall share to 8.6% coming second in the FM market behind Kiis, while TripleM moved into third place with a 1 point leap to 7.1%, with the Southern Cross Austereo station overhauling Nova and WSFM.

In the drive-time slot Kiis’ Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek took the crown, climbing 2.3 points to an 11.6% share for the most listened to drive show in the market, overhauling long-time leaders Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold, who slipped 0.4 points to 9.1% share and second place.

Despite a slight gain, Hamish and Andy remain bottom of the commercial FM stations in drive in Sydney, with TripleM’s Merrick Watts managing a 1.9 point gain to 7.3%.

In the AM fight 2UE saw its total share slide 0.6 points to 4%, after a 1.2% drop for Garry Linnell and John Stanley in breakfast.

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2016, Mon-Fri and breakfast shares. Source: GfK

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2016, Mon-Fri and breakfast shares. Source: GfK

Alex Hayes

Melbourne: Gold claims top spot as new breakfast shows go backwards

gold 104.3 melbourneAustralian Radio Network’s Gold FM grabbed the mantle of most listened to FM station in Melbourne after growing audiences across the key breakfast and drive timeslots with its overall audience share growing 0.7 share points.

Gold posted a total share of 8.9%, pushing FoxFM into second place as its share slid by 1.1 points. Southern Cross Austereo’s FoxFM managed a share of 8.6% ahead of Triple M and SmoothFM which tied for third place with a total share of 6.9%.

Melbourne ratings

In the breakfast timeslot, Triple M’s “Hot Breakfast” of Eddie McGuire, Mick Molloy and Luke Darcy reclaimed the breakfast crown with a total share of 8.5%, ahead of FoxFM’s Fifi and Dave who saw their audience share slide by 2.5 share points to 6.7%.

Gold’s Jo and Lehmo claimed third place with a share of 6.4% up 0.2 share points.

ARN’s KiisFM’s new breakfast duo of Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie – Laurie moved across from Nova, replacing Jane Hall – posted an audience share of 6.2, up on the previous survey by 0.3 points.

Meanwhile Nova’s new breakfast team of Chrissie Swan, Sam Pang and Jonathan Brown, who replace Meshel Laurie and Tommy Little, saw their audience share grow by 0.5 share points to sit on a share of 5.8%.

In the drive timeslot, FoxFM’s nationally syndicated Hamish & Andy held onto the top spot despite a decline of 2.3 share points to fall on an audience share of 10.5%.

Gold came in second place with a share of 9.4, up 2.3 share points from the previous survey.

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

KiisFM’s Hughesy and Kate saw their audience drop away by 0.9 share points to a share of 8.4% while Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty also saw their audience decline by 0.8 points to a total share of 7.5%.

SCA’s Triple M’s drive show Merrick and Australia saw its audience slide by 2 share points to a share of 5.8%.

Looking at the AM market, perennial leaders 3AW once again topped the overall market with an overall share of 12.9%, ahead of ABC774’s share of 11.1%.

In breakfast 3AW was again in the lead with a share of 17.8% while the ABC had a share of 16.3%. In drive, 3AW claimed a share of 9.9% and the ABC had a share of 9.7%.

Miranda Ward

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Melbourne radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Brisbane: TripleM ups ante as Spencer Howson loses listeners

Howson

Howson

ABC breakfast host Spencer Howson has managed to retain his breakfast crown in Brisbane, despite a massive 3.1 point fall since the summer ratings break.

In the first survey of 2016 Howson had a 14.1%, down from 17.2% last year, while TripleM’s breakfast team of Greg ‘Marto’ Martin and Ed Kavalee appeared to be major winners of the survey with the pair surging 3.4 points to a 11.2% share.

That jump sees TripleM’s breakfast now competitive with 97.3FM’s breakfast hosts Robin Bailey, Terry Hansen and Bob Gallagher who were down 2 points to an 11.6% share.

Brisbane radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Brisbane radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Also on an 11.6% share was rivals Nova 106.9’s breakfast duo Kip Wightman and David Lutteral  ‘Kip & Luttsy’ after a 0.3 point rise this survey, while Hit105.3’s new breakfast trio of Osher Gúnsberg, Abby Coleman and Stav Davidson rose 0.7 to a 9.4% share.

The shift in breakfast was reflected in people 10+ with TripleM up 2.4% to a 10.8 share. ARN’s 97.3FM retained its lead in the Brisbane market with a 12.1% share despite a 1.4 point fall, while Nova 106.9 was on an 11% share, down 1.7 and Hit105.3 was on 10.3% down 0.4.

In drive Hamish and Andy remained in second spot in the Brisbane timeslot with a 14.5% share beaten by Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty who were also stable on a 14.5% share while KiisFM’s Hughesy and Kate were down 1.7 to an 11.3% share.

Macquarie Media talk station 4BC was up 0.4 overall to a 5% share with the decision to start networking Radio 2GB’s afternoons program with Chris Smith seeing a 1.9 point rise to 4.5%.

Networked breakfast with Alan Jones and mornings with Ray Hadley were both down recording 5.7% and 6.4% respectively.

Brisbane radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Brisbane radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Nic Christensen

Perth: Mix reclaims top spot from Nova in drive

Tight competition in the drivetime slot in Perth has seen Mix 94.5FM’s Lisa and Pete climb back on top with a 1.8% rise to beat Nova 93.7’s Kate, Tim and Marty by just 0.1%.

Perth radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Perth radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Total audience share. Source: GfK

The Mix duo finished with a share of 15.9%, ahead of Nova, which lost the hold on the top slot from the final ratings of last year despite a rise of 0.9 points.

In the all-important breakfast slot, Nova held its share with Nathan, Nat and Shaun finishing with 13.3% ahead of Mix’s Clairsy and Kimba in second, where they finished the 2015 race, but saw their share rise 0.5 to 13%.

Overall Mix maintained its lead over Nova with a 15% share, equal to its December share while Nova made inroads with a rise of 1.7 points to 13.7%. Hit 92.9 also saw a lift, up by 1.1 points to 10.9%.

Perth radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Perth radio ratings survey 1, 2016. Mon-Fri share and breakfast. Source: GfK

Adelaide: Hughesy & Kate’s slide allows Nova to overhaul Mix

Nova91.9 has topped rival Mix102.3FM in Adelaide beating it by 0.2% to finish with a share of 11.6% in the first survey of the year, turning around the result from December’s rating.

The bad news for Mix was highlighted by the continuing slide of Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek, who dropped another 1.5% in drive to 11% after surrendering 2.8% in the fianl survey of last year.

Adelaide radio ratings survey 1 2016: Total people share. Source: GfK

Adelaide radio ratings survey 1 2016: Total people share. Source: GfK

Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty benefitted from the poor form of their drive rivals, with another rise of 0.9% to 14.2%.

In breakfast ABC891 dominated with a share of 18.9%, but the FM wars were won by the Mix breakfast duo of Jodie and Soda, who maintained their lead with a share of 11.3% despite being down 1.4%, with Lewis & Lowe up 0.1% to 10.7%.

Adelaide radio ratings survey 1 2016, Mon-Fri and breakfast shares. Source: GfK

Adelaide radio ratings survey 1 2016, Mon-Fri and breakfast shares. Source: GfK

Simon Canning

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