Sydney radio ratings: Nine’s Fordham remains market leader while ABC loses listeners

Nine Radio’s Ben Fordham has kept the title of the #1 breakfast show in Sydney, however FM remained steady following a release from COVID lockdowns in the first GfK metro ratings survey of 2022.

Host Fordham recorded a 0.5 percentage point increase in breakfast share, up to 19% from 18.5% in survey eight last December. In People 10+ 2GB dropped 0.2 percentage points from 14.5% to 13.8%.

Ben Fordham held onto his audience this survey

KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O saw a drop of 0.2 points to a 10.6% share. KIIS FM in People 10+ grew its audience share significantly from 8.3% to 8.8%, a bump of 0.5 percentage points.

Following the departure of ABC Sydney’s Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, who were replaced by long-time afternoon presenter James Valentine in the breakfast time slot, with his first show on Monday 13 December, saw a significant drop by 1.6 percentage points, from 13.2% to 11.6%.

The ABC breakfast duo Harmer and Buck announced on air in October in 2020 that 2021 would be their last year on radio, after being paired in 2017.

The pair said that they will “go out on a high”, the decision being entirely theirs as the time “felt right”. Their last show aired on Friday 10 December.

Survey 1 Sydney GfK radio ratings 2022 [click to enlarge]

Meanwhile, WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda remained steady with no change since survey eight, last December. The radio duo kept its share of 9.1%. WSFM in People 10+ dropped by 0.4 percentage points to 8.4%.

Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M’s Mark Geyer lost audience share by 1 percentage point to 3.6% from 4.6%. Geyer replaced Lawrence ‘Moonman’ Mooney after his departure in November last year.

2DayFM’s Hughesy, Ed and Erin saw a significant swing up 0.6 percentage points to finish on a 3.3% share. Survey eight the trio finished with a 2.7% share. 

Nova 96.9’s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli also remained consistent and finished with a 7% share up 0.1% from 6.9% from the last book. Nova 96.9 in People 10+ saw no change and remained at 6.8%, same as survey eight.

In drive, KIIS FM’s Will and Woody grew its audience by 0.2 percentage points with a 9.1% share. 

2GB’s Jim Wilson saw a boost in share by 1.4 percentage points, up to a 7.8% share from 6.4%, while Triple M’s Molloy has continued to drop in audience share by 0.9 percentage points to 5.3 from 6.2%.

SmoothFM’s Byron Webb dropped by 1.9 points to a 7.1% share from 9% in the last survey, while ABC’s Richard Glover dropped by 0.8 points, from a 9.7% share in survey seven, down to 8.9% in this survey.

The first GfK metro radio ratings survey for 2022 was between Sunday 16 January to Saturday 26 February.


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