Sydney radio ratings: ARN’s WSFM takes FM ratings crown from SmoothFM

ARN’s WSFM has defeated Nova’s SmoothFM for the first time since survey one, gaining 0.7 ratings points to take the top FM spot in Sydney.

The station increased its shares across breakfast and drive, capturing a total audience of 9.3%.

Jonesy & Amanda helped WSFM to the win

Meanwhile, Nova Entertainment’s SmoothFM fell an additional 1.1 ratings points in the Monday to Sunday audience share, to 8.0%, placing third among the FM radio stations.

ARN’s KiisFM reported a ratings points growth of 0.3, putting it in second place among the FM stations, with a share of 8.4%.

SCA’s 2dayFM posted modest growth, up 0.2 ratings points to 4.7%.

However, the most successful station in Sydney, across both FM and AM bandwidths, was 2GB, climbing 0.7 ratings points to 12.6%.

On AM, ABC 702 posted a Monday to Sunday share of 8.5%, down one point, while 2UE’s Talking Lifestyle’s share grew to 3.4%.

KiisFM’s Kyle and Jackie O show held its position as top FM breakfast show, with its audience share plateauing at 10%.

The latest ratings period saw a competition on the breakfast show on August 11, which offered listeners the chance to win a trip to London to dine at Marco Pierre White’s restaurants. It did not appear to affect the ratings.

Kyle & Jackie O maintained their position as top FM breakfast show for another book

WSFM’s renewed breakfast show, with Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller, jumped into second place, gaining 1.1 ratings points, to bring its breakfast slot share to 8.9%.

Nova96.9’s Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael (Wippa) Wiplfi saw no changes, maintaining their 7.8% share from survey four. 

SmoothFM’s Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel fell another 1.3 ratings points, bringing their share to 6.3%. Last survey, the show dropped 1.3 ratings points.

2dayFM’s Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen saw a slight increase, up 0.3 ratings points to 3.6%.

It comes after a major marketing push of the program by SCA. 

Sydney Radio Survey 5 2017: Share Movement by demographic and share movement by session. Source: GfK (Click to enlarge)

Meanwhile, Triple M’s breakfast show with The Grill Team, gained 0.6 ratings points, increasing its share to 6.4%.

Looking at the AM bandwidth, 2GB’s breakfast show with Alan Jones climbed 1 ratings points to 14.9%.

Jones helped 2GB maintain its position as top Sydney station

2UE’s Talking Lifestyle, which is supported by branded content, declined 0.5 points to 3.5%.

ABC 702 had a breakfast time slot share of 11%, down 0.9 ratings point from survey four.

In drive, the four-week absence of 2dayFM’s Hamish & Andy did not appear to negatively affect the ratings, as the show climbed 0.3 ratings points to 6.8%.

However, the show was still unable to beat KiisFM and Nova96.9, which reported shares of 11.2% and 10.1% respectively.

Nova’s Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold slipped 0.5 points, but maintained their position as the top FM drive show.

KiisFM’s Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek saw growth, up 1.2 ratings points from the last survey.

ARN’s drive-time show, WSFM’s Jason Staveley, climbed 2 ratings points, bringing its share to 8.8%.

Rival drive show, SmoothFM’s Byron Webb, dropped 1.8 ratings points, to 8.1%.

Triple M grew in drive, with Merrick Watts’ show Merrickville reporting a drive share of 7.4%.

In drive on the AM bandwidth, 2GB climbed 1.1 points from survey four to 10%, while 2UE increased to 1.5% – up 0.7 points from survey four.


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