Sydney radio ratings: SmoothFM’s share falls below 10% but station still takes top FM spot

Despite a strong start to the year, Nova Entertainment’s SmoothFM has slipped across breakfast and drive, bringing its overall Monday to Sunday audience share down by 2.2 ratings points.

The slip means Smooth was unable to overtake 2GB as Sydney’s most-listened-to station.

Sydney radio ratings survey 4 2017. Total audience share. Source: GfK

While the station took the FM ratings win, Smooth’s overall share was 9.1%, down from last survey’s 11.3%.

ARN’s WSFM jumped into second place in the FM rankings, reporting an 0.9 ratings point growth to a share of 8.6%, ahead of the network’s KiisFM which slipped 0.3 ratings points to 8.1%.

Nova96.9 was just 0.1 ratings points behind KiisFM, up 0.4 ratings points from survey three, bringing its audience share to 8%.

2DayFM showed a modest increase, up 0.7 points to 4.5%.

KiisFM’s Kyle and Jackie O comfortably won the FM breakfast slot, showing a steady increase of 0.3 ratings points from survey three to 10%.

Nova96.9’s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and WSFM’s Brenda Jones and Amanda Keller tied in second place in the FM breakfast battle, both reporting shares of 7.8%.

The result suggested decent growth for the Nova96.9 breakfast show, up 0.9 ratings points from survey three.

SmoothFM’s Bogart Torelli and Glenn Daniel fell 1.3 ratings points in the latest survey, with a share of 7.6%.

Southern Cross Austereo’s 2DayFM grew slightly in the breakfast slot, with The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen showing a 0.2 ratings points increase after a 1.0 point decline last survey.

Em Rusciano returned to air on June 5, after suffering a miscarriage.

The latest results follow a major marketing campaign for the show.

Sydney radio ratings survey 4 2017. Mon-Fri and breakfast audience share. Source: GfK

Nova96.9’s Kate, Tim and Marty stole the top spot in drive away from SmoothFM’s Byron Webb, climbing 1.2 ratings points to 11.7%.

The result put Nova96.9 comfortably ahead of competitors, as SmoothFM fell 2.5 ratings points to 9.9%.

In third place was KiisFM’s Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek, growing 0.3 points to 8.9%.

WSFM’s drive show with Jason Staveley grew 0.5 points to 6.8% while Triple M’s show Merrickville grew 0.9 ratings points to 6.6%.

Merrickville is set to finish at the end of the year, with a national drive show led by Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy to replace it.

2DayFM’s Hamish & Andy saw a major jump, up 1.7 points to 6.5%.

2DayFM’s Rove & Sam, fell 0.6 ratings points to 3.8% in the evening time slot. The show has since been axed.

On the AM bandwidth, 2GB dominated across breakfast and drive, reporting an overall share of 11.9%, up 0.5 points, making it the top station across FM and AM in Sydney.

Despite Chris Smith replacing Alan Jones in the breakfast slot for two weeks of the latest survey (12-23 June), the show was up 0.1 points to 13.5%, and in drive 2GB climbed 0.1 points to 8.9%.

ABC 702 had a breakfast time slot share of 11.9%, up 1.3 ratings points from survey three.

2UE’s Talking Lifestyle, which is supported by branded content, fell 0.5 ratings points in the breakfast slot, to 2.3%.

ABC 702 posted a Monday to Sunday share of 9.5%, up 0.6 points, while 2UE’s Talking Lifestyle’s lost 0.6 ratings points, to give a share of 2.9%.


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