Sydney radio ratings: Nine’s Fordham sees significant growth in breakfast; WSFM listeners hungry for more

KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O has taken the top spot in FM breakfast radio, however, Nine’s Ben Fordham has kept the title of #1 breakfast show, and 2GB overall in Sydney, gaining listeners in the fifth radio ratings survey of 2022. See survey four results here.

Despite taking out the top spot in FM breakfast, Kyle & Jackie O saw a decline in listeners, down 0.8 points to a 12.5% share, while, KIIS FM in People 10+ also saw a bump down to 10.1%.

Derek Bargwanna, head of KIIS Network, said: “Kyle and Jackie O are the best in the world at what they do and today’s results are testament to that. Yesterday they were nominated for what will be a record eighth ACRA for Best Metro On-Air Team, and today’s survey places them as the #1FM Breakfast Show for a record 29th consecutive survey and reaching more listeners than any other Breakfast show in Australia. I would like to congratulate Kyle and Jackie O, along with the entire team behind the scenes, on these exceptional results. “

Ben Fordham held onto his audience during this survey

In breakfast, Nine’s Fordham topped this book, with the show seeing a significant swing in audience share, jumping 1.6 percentage points from 15.5% to 17.2%. Overall, in People 10+ 2GB also saw a slight increase in listeners, bumping up by 0.7 percentage points to 13.6%. This is 2GB’s 143rd consecutive survey win.

Nine radio’s head of content, Greg Byrnes, said: “We’ve recorded big audience increases right across the network and would like to thank the two million plus listeners who tune in each week. 2GB and 3AW remain a clear number 1 in Sydney and Melbourne. We’ve posted solid gains in Perth and Brisbane. And I’m particularly pleased for Laurel, Gary, and Mark who’ve made a great start on 4BC with our best ever breakfast cume.”

ABC Sydney with James Valentine in the driving seat of its breakfast show was next, finishing this survey with a share of 9.9%, a slight drop in listeners, down 0.4 percentage points. ABC Sydney in People 10+ finished on 8%, a slight increase, up 0.1 percentage points.

Meanwhile, like the last book, WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda has continued to see a slight decline in listeners, down by 0.3 percentage points, finishing on 7.7%. Overall, WSFM in People 10+ saw a significant drop in listeners, down 1.2 percentage points to 7.5%.

Sydney GfK radio ratings – survey five [click to enlarge]

After declining in audience share in the last survey, Southern Cross Austereo’s Triple M’s Mark Geyer saw an increase in listeners by 0.5 percentage points to 5.3. Geyer replaced Lawrence ‘Moonman’ Mooney after his departure in November last year. In People 10+, Triple M finished up with a 5.3% share, an increase since the last survey.

2DayFM’s Hughesy, Ed, and Erin remained the same as last survey, finishing up with a 3.6% share. This is the second time the trio has seen a drop in listeners this year.

After a rocky start to the year, Nova 96.9’s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli, continued to increase their audience share up 0.3 percentage points, from 6.5%. Overall, Nova finished with a share of 6.9%, up 0.2 percentage points.

In drive, despite KIIS FM’s Will and Woody topping the list with a share of 10.7%, the duo saw a slight decline in listeners, down 0.3 percentage points to 10.7%.

SmoothFM’s Bryan Webb grew his audience share again this book, surpassing WSFM’s Steve Fitton. Webb finished in second place, with a share of 10%, while Fitton bumped down into the third spot, finishing up on 8.1%, a significant decline of 2.3 percentage points.

Like the last survey, Nova’s Kate, Tim, and Joel again gained listeners with a bump of 0.4 percentage points, to a 9.7% share.

While 2GB’s Jim Wilson saw a decline last book, in survey five he saw an increase in share by 1.7 percentage points, up to 8.5%, while Triple M’s The Rush Hour with Gus, Jude, and Wendell again also saw a slight increase in audience share, up 0.1 percentage points to 5.5%.

The fifthGfK metro radio ratings survey for 2022 was measured between Sunday 22 May to Saturday 25 June, and Sunday 10 July to Saturday 13 August, partially overlapping with the previous survey period.


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