Sydney radio ratings: Kiis’ Will and Woody take drive-time crown

Kiis 106.5 in Sydney is the new drive-time leader in radio, with the FM station securing a share of 9.7% in the 4pm to 7pm slot.

This puts Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw (Will and Woody) ahead of previous leaders 2GB, which slipped from 9.8% last survey to 8.5% this time around.

Will & Woody have come out on top in Sydney 

On 2GB in Sydney, Ben Fordham is on air from 3pm to 6pm, with Ross Greenwood’s Money News taking over from 6pm. Greenwood is not returning to radio next year, with Brooke Courte announced this morning as his replacement.

This final radio ratings survey of the year ran from 29 September to 7 December. In November, Fordham took some time off radio to spend it with his sick father, John Fordham, who died a few days later.

Elsewhere in drive, ABC Sydney climbed 0.4 points to 9.3%, putting it just ahead of Nova 96.9’s 9.2%. Nova Entertainment’s stablemate Smooth 95.3 was not far behind on 9.0%.

Southern Cross Austereo’s two stations suffered blows in drive, with 2Day FM falling slightly from 5.3% to 5.1%. Drive on 2Day FM is fronted by Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little from 3pm to 4:30pm, followed by Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek. Ed Kavaelee, however, has been filling in for Langbroek, with the station recently announcing this would become permanent in 2020 – transforming Hughesy and Kate to Hughesy and Ed. Next year, the Carrie and Tommy show will also be extended until 5pm.

Triple M with Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy fell 1.7 points, from 7.4% to 5.7%.

WS FM’s drive had 6.6%, down from 6.8% last survey.

In breakfast, 2GB’s Alan Jones remained the overall leader, despite a 1.4 point fall to a share of 14.7%. And Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson are still the FM leaders, with a share of 11.4% – up 0.2 points from last survey.

Sydney radio ratings survey 8. Source: GfK [Click to enlarge]

Nova Entertainment’s two breakfast shows – Fitzy and Wippa on Nova 96.9, and Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel on Smooth – both fell 0.6 points in breakfast. Nova now has a 6.7% share, ahead of Smooth’s 6.5%.

And SCA had a mixed bag in breakfast. Lawrence Mooney’s Moonman in the Mornings fell 1.6 points to a 5.3% share, but 2Day FM’s music format climbed slightly from 2.6% to 3.5%.

Sydney radio ratings survey 8, people 10+. Source: GfK

Overall, despite a 1.2 point fall, 2GB remained the Sydney leader, with a share of 12.1%, while Nova’s Smooth remained the FM leader, stable on 9.3%.


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