Sydney radio ratings: 2Day FM Breakfast climbs to 4.6%

2Day FM’s breakfast ratings share has climbed a full ratings point up to 4.6%.

The survey, which ran from 19 August to 22 September and 30 September to 3 November, featured co-host Em Rusciano until September 7, before she was replaced with night-time host, Ash London.

Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee have been working with Ash London since the departure of Em Rusciano

2Day FM Breakfast kicked off the year with a 3.4% audience share – which was up 0.6 points from the dismal 2.8% it had in the last survey of 2017. This year, the show has climbed as high as 4.9% in survey three, but fallen as low as 3.3% in survey five.

Despite the gains for 2Day FM Breakfast, the show still achieved the lowest share in the time-slot, which was dominated by 2GB’s Alan Jones. Jones, who last survey grew to a 19% share, fell back 1.5 points to 17.5%. But the result was well ahead of FM leaders Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, who managed a 10.7% share, up 0.5 points.

Nova FM’s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli, had a 7.1% share of listening, just behind WS FM’s Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller – on 7.2%. Triple M’s Grill Team with Matty Johns, Gus Worland, Chris Page and Emma Freedman had a 6.6% share. Johns is set to depart at the end of the year.

Sydney radio ratings survey 7 2018. Source: GfK (Click to enlarge)

2DayFM’s drive show hosts Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, and Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek, saw a 0.1 point increase in drive to 6%, putting them ahead of Triple M’s national drive show with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, who had a 5.7% share.

The biggest drive show remains on Nova. Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold, held onto the lead with an 11.8% share, despite falling a full point.

Smooth FM’s Byron Webb came in behind Nova with  a 9.2% share, beating WS FM’s 8.6% share and Kiis FM’s Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw, who grew by 1.5 points to an 8.4% share.

In the 4pm to 7pm time slot, 2GB had an 8.9% share of audience. Ben Fordham’s show runs from 3pm to 6pm.

Overall, 2Day FM’s increases across both breakfast and drive helped the network to a 5.5% share, putting it ahead of Southern Cross Austereo stablemate Triple M’s 5.3%. 2Day FM’s highest result since the defection of Sandilands and Henderson was 5.6%. The most listened to station overall remains 2GB – which sat on a 14.1% share for the seventh survey of the year – down 1.3 points from the previous survey.

Sydney radio ratings survey 7 2018. Total audience share. Source: GfK (Click to enlarge)

On the FM dial, Smooth FM stole the ratings crown from WS FM, with an 8.8% share over WS FM’s 8.2%. Kiis FM grew by 1.3 points thanks to growth in breakfast and drive, to 8.6%. Nova FM saw modest growth for the period, up 0.4 points to a 7.9% share.


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