Sydney radio ratings: Alan Jones extends lead in breakfast with 19% share

2GB breakfast host Alan Jones has extended his lead in breakfast, up 2.1 points this survey to a 19% share.

During the survey period, which ran from July 15 to September 22, Jones made national headlines for his use of the ‘n’ word live on air in late August and the loss of the defamation case bought against him by the Toowoomba-based Wagner family.

Alan Jones’ breakfast share climbed by more than 2 points

The survey period, which also included the removal of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, was Jones’ 214th consecutive survey win. It proved much stronger than Macquarie Media’s other station, Macquarie Sports Radio, which had an 0.6% share of audience, despite the introduction of new breakfast show hosts, Mark Levy and Mark Riddell.

Jones’ nearest rivals were Kiis FM’s Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, who returned to the FM crown with a 10.2% share, up 0.9 points from last survey. The long-reigning FM breakfast champions lost their spot for the first time in three years last survey.

But this survey they were able to leap over WSFM’s Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller, who fell a full ratings point to a 9.3% share.


Sydney radio ratings survey 6 2018. Source: GfK [Click to enlarge]

ABC Sydney breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck also delivered a sizeable breakfast audience share – 8.9%.

Nova FM’s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli tied with Smooth FM’s Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel, on a 7.1% share.

SCA’s two stations, Triple M and 2DayFM, both gained traction in breakfast. Triple M’s Grill Team with Gus Worland, Matthew Johns, Chris Page and Emma Freedman climbed 0.5 points to a 6% share and 2DayFM breakfast was up 0.3 points to a 3.6% share.

2DayFM breakfast was run by Em Rusciano, Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer until September 7. Rusciano announced her exit from the station mid-survey, and is currently being replaced by Ash London.

Nova FM’s Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold held the lead in the drive time slot, with a 12.8% share, up 0.6 points. The nearest FM rival was WSFM’s Jason Staveley, which held a 9.9% share. Smooth FM’s Byron Webb also plateaued on a 9.4% share. But Triple M’s Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, Kiis FM’s Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw and 2DayFM’s Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, and Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek all fell back.

Sydney radio ratings survey 6 2018. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Triple M drive had a share of 6%, down 0.7 points from last survey, while Kiis FM fell from a 7.4% share to a 6.9%. 2DayFM’s extended drive show format fell below a 6% share this survey, now at 5.9%.

Overall, Alan Jones’ breakfast performance gave 2GB a hefty 1.3 points boost to win the survey with a 15.4% share. On the FM dial, WSFM remained ahead despite a 1.3 point fall to a 10% share. Smooth FM wasn’t far behind on a 9.3% share of listening. Nova FM fell 0.4 points to a 7.5% share, but that was ahead of Kiis FM’s 7.3% share.

Triple M’s total share sits at 5.4% and 2DayFM’s is at 4.3%.


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