Radio Ratings: Kyle & Jackie O end the year at #1 as Kate, Tim & Marty prove why they are Drive’s best

Staff Writer

Welcome to the eighth and final GfK metro radio survey of 2018.

Check back here from 9:30am, when Radio Today will reveal all the market #1s and GfK ratings cards as soon as they come to hand.

We will also bring you the big talking points, headlines, and top takeaways from each metro market; Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Radio Today‘s rolling ratings coverage continues throughout the day, with DAB+ ratings and The Spin.

There’s also the final results in The Mother of All Radio Battles between SCA’s 2DayFM Sydney and ARN’s KIIS FM Melbourne. Find out who won the year.

Survey #8 for 2018 was conducted by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia between Sunday, November 4 and Saturday, December 8.


  • Kyle & Jackie O have ended the year as the #1 rated FM Breakfast show in Sydney, with a 10.5% share (-0.2) lead over ARN stablemates Jonesy & Amanda, who bounced back to 9.0% (+1.8) after a disappointing last book.
  • Survey #8 was also happy hunting for NOVA Entertainment’s Breakfast shows. Both Fitzy & Wippa (+1.3) and Bogart & Glenn (+1.1) had strong gains. It’s the second time this year that Fitzy & Wippa have gone beyond their best ever ratings result – now with 8.4%.
  • The overall battle has intensified, with smoothfm #1 but KIIS FM, WSFM and Nova 96.9 all within striking distance.
  • 2DayFM were flat on Breakfast (4.6%) and fell -0.1 overall to a share of 5.4%.
  • Kate, Tim & Marty remain dominant on FM Drive, while ABC’s Richard Glover maintained his lead over 2GB’s Ben Fordham on AM.

#1 FM Overall – smoothfm
#1 AM Overall – 2GB
#1 FM Breakfast – KIIS: Kyle & Jackie O
#1 AM Breakfast – 2GB: Alan Jones
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – ABC: Richard Glover


  • smoothfm extends its lead overall moves even further ahead into double digits, with a share of 10.6% (+0.8) among People 10+
  • Fifi, Fev & Byron have now officially spent an entire year as the #1 FM Breakfast in Melbourne, and end the year with 9.5% (+0.5).
  • After a tough start to life in Australia, Christian O’Connell has now made further gains with an 8.4% share of listening on Breakfast (+0.5)
  • Melbourne is the only market that Kate, Tim & Marty finish the year outside the #1 spot on FM Drive, but they had a red-hot crack, gaining +1.4% Hughesy & Kate still hold the mantle with 11% (flat).

#1 FM Overall – smoothfm
#1 AM Overall – 3AW
#1 FM Breakfast – Fox FM: Fifi, Fev & Byron
#1 AM Breakfast – 3AW: Ross & John
#1 FM Drive – Fox: Hughesy & Kate
#1 AM Drive – 3AW: Tom Elliott


  • Triple M is now the clear market leader in Brisbane, pulling away from the pack with a sizeable 13.3% (+1.7).
  • The four-horse race is not as tight as it was earlier in the year. Nova is now in clear second, Hit in third, 97.3FM in fourth.
  • There were swings away from Hit105 overall with 10.2% (-1.1), with the station also down on Brekky (-1.2).
  • Marto, Robin and the departing Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney were clear winners on Breakfast too, finishing with a strong 14.1% (1.8).
  • Kate, Tim & Marty have reclaimed the #1 spot on FM Drive, ending the year with 14.8% (+1.1).

#1 FM Overall –  Triple M
#1 AM Overall – 4KQ
#1 FM Breakfast – Triple M: Marto, Robin & The Moonman
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – 4KQ: Nick Michaels


  • Mix102.3 predictably remain #1 overall among People 10+ in Adelaide, but Nova 91.9 had a good book, moving up into double digits on FM ahead of Triple M.
  • Jodie & Soda continue to prove unmatched on FM Brekky, as they end the year with a rise to 12.8% (+0.4).
  • It was another market with a big swing to Nova on Drive. Kate, Tim & Marty up to 15.2% (+3.0) knock Mix’s Will & Woody (-1.1) out of top spot.
  • FIVEaa is no longer #1 on AM Breakfast, with ABC Adelaide’s Ali Clarke pulling off a strong finish with a 14.4% share of listening (+1.0).
  • Cruise1323 also knocked FIVEaa off the top perch overall and on Drive

#1 FM Overall – Mix
#1 AM Overall – Cruise1323
#1 FM Breakfast – Mix: Jodie & Soda
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Ali Clarke
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – Cruise1323: Mark Elliston


  • The tough battle between Mix and Nova goes on, with Mix94.5 reclaiming top spot to conclude the year.
  • Positive end to the year for 96FM up +1.0 to an 8.6% share of listening among People 10+.
  • Mix94.5’s The Big Breakfast also put in a strong shift with 13.3% (+0.7) but weren’t able to topple Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun on 14.9% (-0.2).
  • Big swings towards Mix and Hit on Drive but Kate, Tim & Marty keep their #1 posiiton.
  • Another market where there’s a tough battle for AM Breakfast, as 6PR remain just ahead of ABC Perth, with only 0.1% separating the two.

#1 FM Overall – Mix94.5
#1 AM Overall – 6PR
#1 FM Breakfast – Nova: Nathan, Nat & Shaun
#1 AM Breakfast – 6PR: Steve Mills and Basil Zempilas
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – 6PR: Oliver Peterson

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UK Listener
18 Dec 2018 - 9:38 am

You can or deny that Christian O’Connell is working on Gold. Good result.

Aussie rules
18 Dec 2018 - 10:12 am

Go back to the UK. Gold rates 8% in brekky just playing music so Christian is worth about 1 rating point thats it. Nothing to crow about. Its like giving credit to the breakfast shows on Smooth. Format driven thats it.

18 Dec 2018 - 10:22 am

ARN have taken quite a hit this year. 97.3 has slumped to the middle of the pack, national drive is drowned out by two major players, even K&J were knocked from their perch this year. Interesting to hear the spin on that from Duncan.

18 Dec 2018 - 10:49 am

To those that criticised the changes at 4BC to mostly network from Sydney. Where are you now?
Hadley now beats all but Triple M.

18 Dec 2018 - 11:28 am

“I can’t believe ARN sacked Lehmo and Jo when they were a top rating breakfast show” then

“so what if Christian is rating well in breakfast? it’s a format driven result” now

Sorry guys, can’t have it both ways.

18 Dec 2018 - 12:05 pm

Hadley has NO competition his listeners are all over 60.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:08 pm

I hate to say this as Im not the biggest fan of the ABC.
But Triple J now is beating 2Dayfm and Triple M in Sydney. Awesome.
Shame you can’t monetise Triple J.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:09 pm

Brian, I’m no big fan of Hadley nor am I anywhere near 60.
A couple of years ago the morning shift on 4BC was rating 5’s and 6’s. It’s now 10.
So to say there’s no competition doesn’t make sense. Those listeners had to come from somewhere.
I’ve also noticed continual comments on this site belittling listeners over 60. They obviously are of less worth than us younger people. Talk about ageism.

18 Dec 2018 - 3:06 pm

Hey Michael the AM talk guys don’t really have any competition unlike the FM shows. The only competition in the 55+ AM demo is the ABC and that’s a very different beast.

18 Dec 2018 - 3:56 pm

The Hit Network failing in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The only market working is Melbourne but FOX has been leader there for decades.

18 Dec 2018 - 4:25 pm

I’ll make one last comment. You’re right about Sydney and Melbourne. They don’t have much competition.
But 4BC was rating 5-6 in that slot. It’s now 10. So the talk guys on 4BC back then certainly had competition. It may well have been from other types of entertainment rather than other radio stations. If you don’t like Hadley fair enough, but to say that almost doubling the ratings in that slot is because there’s no competition ignores that achievement.
At least you didn’t make some comment about over 55’s not really counting.

18 Dec 2018 - 4:41 pm

Macquarie was smart. They changed 2UE to all sport thus removing talkback competition, forcing most 2UE listeners who don’t like sport to switch to 2GB. They want 2UE to have low ratings as this boosts 2GB.

Wilter Walliams
18 Dec 2018 - 7:50 pm

On the AM:well done 4BC. Networking was a winner.Veteran music jock Craig Huggins delivering results in Adelaide deserves a mention. Macquarie sports radio? Why bother.
Ross and John are worth every cent they get at AW-terrific radio.

To be fair
18 Dec 2018 - 10:36 pm

We keep hearing about how K&J are the biggest show in the country. But K&J aren’t the highest share or even the hugest cume in the country. Never have been. Give Fox/3AW/2GB some credit for once.

Neil McKenna
18 Dec 2018 - 11:01 pm

I see the dreaded asterisks are appearing at 1278 Sport. Is the end of this farce nigh !

19 Dec 2018 - 5:29 am

Check Brisbane ratings Ray Hadley is beating 973 and Hit 105 in MORNINGS. Who said networking doesn’t work ! Even up here in very parochial Queensland. ARN should blow up 97 breakfast and network breakfast.


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