Sydney radio ratings: Nova sees big fall in first radio ratings for 2019 while Alan Jones slides

Sydney radio leader 2GB saw a 0.5 point fall in audience share in the first GfK radio ratings survey for 2019, as the station continues negotiations with star breakfast host Alan Jones.

Jones’ show, which has dominated the city’s radio ratings for 18 years, fell by 1.3 points to a 15.2% share of the breakfast time slot.

It still comfortably beat FM rivals Kiis and Nova, which both saw drops in audience share in drive and breakfast during the January 20 to March 2 survey period.

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2019 Source: GfK [Click to enlarge]

On the FM band, Smooth picked up 1.0 point to lead drive time with 10.2%. 2CH and 2GB on the AM bands picked up 1.3 points to take 3.2% and 9.5% respectively.

2DayFM increased by 1.0 point to 6.9%, putting it even with Kiss, which dropped 1.5 points.

In the breakfast slot, both Nova’s Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, and Kiis’ Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson saw falls with Nova dropping 2.0 points to 6.4% while Kiis slid 0.4 to 10.1%

Both shows were beaten by Jones’s 15.2% and ABC Sydney, which recorded a share of 10.4%, up 0.1 points over last year’s final survey.

Overall Nova, which had crept close to rivals Kiis FM in 2018’s final survey, was the big loser of the survey with a 2.1 point fall in total people 10+, finishing with a 6.5% share overall.

Sydney radio ratings survey 1 2019. Total audience share. Source: GfK

Kiis also fell in the first survey, losing 1.1 points to take a 7.7% audience share.

SmoothFM took the lead in the FM stations, picking up 0.6 points to claim a 9.7% share, 2Day also gained with a 0.5 point increase to 5.9% while WSFM moved 0.1 to take 8.8% of the market.

The first survey’s biggest over audience share increase was 2CH 1170, which leapt 1.5 points, shifting its audience share to 4.5%.


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