Perth FM Ratings Rundown: Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun hold Brekky lead, Mix94.5 back to #1 overall

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Radio Today‘s rolling ratings coverage continues beyond just survey day.

For the first time, we are breaking down all the big movers that you need to know about in each metro market, in our most detailed ratings analysis yet.

Perth is undoubtedly a unique market. The tried and tested tactics that work time over in the Eastern states often fall flat over in the West.

So who’s doing well and where could improvements be made?

Southern Cross Austereo

Traditionally dominant Mix94.5 gained back the #1 spot overall after losing out to Nova in Survey #5.

Mix continues to dominate workdays, holding more than 15% share in both Mornings and Afternoons.

The challenge for one of SCA’s last heritage brands remains in the key slots of Breakfast and Drive, but the results of Survey #6 indicate that things are headed in the right direction.

The Big Breakfast with Clairsy, Matt and Kymba is outright second in the market behind Nova, gaining an impressive +1.3% to a 13.9% share of listening.

Similarly, Kennedy Molloy had some joy, rising to a 13.4% share (+0.6), continuing a strong year for the new show.

These day parts will be key in the final two surveys of the year and could see SCA’s Mix94.5 become an outright market leader in all key metrics.

Meantime SCA’s other Perth station Hit92.9 holds a double-digit share overall, and Breakfast team Heidi, Xavier and Ryan grew impressively to an 11.3% share (+1.1).

NOVA Entertainment

The two-horse race for Perth’s FM market rages on, with SCA’s Mix94.5 rising to a 14.1% share (+0.4) among People 10+, stealing back the top spot from Nova 93.7 who fell to 13.5% (-0.4).

It was another market where Nova lost share across their new Greatest Hits Workday, losing -1.3% in Mornings and -0.5% in Afternoons.

Significantly though, Nova’s Breakfast team Nathan, Nat and Shaun retained their lead over their Mix counterparts, although they did dip slightly to at 14.6% (-0.4) share of listening.

The show is “iconic” says NOVA Entertainment group program director Paul Jackson.

“They’ve been there as long as the station has been around, 10 plus years at Breakfast. They have an incredible cume, as does the radio station overall.

“They’ve got great chemistry and rapport, and it’s a good heritage radio show in the marketplace.”

Perth is another of Kate, Tim and Marty’s happiest hunting grounds, and the National Drive show continues to dominate the Western state, remaining steady above 15%.


Perth continues to prove a difficult puzzle to solve for ARN.

96FM is currently rating a concerning 7.2% share of listening overall among People 10+, Paul and Lise have a lowly 6.4% on Breakfast, while Will and Woody are in a similar position on 6.4%.

ARN National content director Duncan Campbell admits the situation is less than ideal.

“We’ve got some challenges over there, some disappointing results,” he tells Radio Today.

“It’s a different market and we’re not shying away from it. We’re not happy with the results at all.

Campbell also explained that the problems with 96FM have stemmed from numerous sources, including the several changes of ownership the station has undergone over the years.

“96 is a station which has been wedged in between two fairly sizable heritage stations.

“It’s never really recovered from ownership changes.

“The KIIS of Perth is Nova 93.7, very strong.

“96 has a real battle, it’s got low cume, it’s got low share. It’s in a position which is pretty much occupied by one of those other three stations.

“It’s not as easy as people think when you’re trying to wedge your way into a market.”

Catch up on Radio Today’s MelbourneSydney and Brisbane Ratings Rundowns, and stay tuned for our continuing coverage of Adelaide.

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10 Oct 2018 - 1:39 pm

Here’s a hot take – why not make 96fm the rock station of Perth. Quit trying to play hit music – there’s 2 other stations taking on that role, yet surprisingly, no-one else running for rock.

10 Oct 2018 - 2:43 pm

Blind Freddy could see that 96FM was going to be destroyed as soon as ARN took over.
I find it hilarious that “Ownership Changes” are to blame, yep that’s right.
96FM were number 1 a couple of times overall & were rating 10-12% regularly.
As soon as the music changed, talent got the boot & the logo changed from an iconic guitar pick to the god awful KIIS Lips which has zero relevance, 96FM was being killed off by the very organisation that bought it.

………and they have the audacity to say they’re disappointed with how the station is going, takes your breath away

10 Oct 2018 - 5:45 pm

The moral of the story for ARN is don’t buy a Western Australian radio station and allow “wise men” from the east to make changes.

11 Oct 2018 - 9:37 am

How long does it take to get 96 right.
Brad McNally had that station sounding great and rating double digits.
Duncan should at least be able to fix Perth its his hometown.


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