Radio Ratings: SCA’s B105 Brisbane topples Nova in Survey 2
Welcome to Radio Today’s coverage of the second metro radio survey of 2021.
The results from GfK’s Survey 2 will be published below at 9:30am AEST.
Hit the refresh button throughout the day for all the key takeaways from each metro market, and early next week, we’ll bring you insights from content bosses across the major networks.
Editor Vivienne Kelly and publisher Jake Challenor will also bring you all the highlights from today’s results on the Radio Today Tonight podcast before the week is out.
#1 FM Overall: smoothfm
#1 AM Overall: 2GB
#1 FM Breakfast: KIIS’ Kyle & Jackie O
#1 AM Breakfast: 2GB’s Ben Fordham
#1 FM Drive: KIIS FM’s Will & Woody*
#1 AM Drive: ABC’s Richard Glover
Biggest Mover Up: WSFM (+1.7)
Biggest Mover Down: 2GB (-1.0)
2DayFM’s The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed & Erin was unable to maintain its upwards trajectory this survey, falling 0.6 share points to a share of 3.8%.
This puts the show – comprised of Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan – well behind Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) stablemate Triple M, which has Moonman in the Morning on 6.7% (up 0.3), as well as Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, which is on 6.9% (up 0.4). NOVA Entertainment stablemate smoothfm was up 0.2 points to 7.5%, while Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) WSFM bounced back by 2.0 points, putting Jonesy & Amanda on 7.7%.
After Survey 1, ARN’s chief content officer Duncan Campbell, said he was confident Jonesy & Amanda would recover from their decline.
In the FM battle, it was ARN’s KIIS FM on top once again, with Kyle & Jackie O jumping 1.1 points to 10.9%.
On AM, the battle became tighter, with the ABC’s Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck climbing 0.5 points to a 13.2% share, while Ben Fordham on Nine Radio’s 2GB fell 2.6 points to 15.5%.
In Drive, meanwhile, the ABC was on top, with a 12.2% share (down 1.1 points) for Richard Glover, while 2GB’s Jim Wilson fell one point to a 7.0% share.
KIIS FM’s 3PM Pick Up and Will & Woody dominated the FM Drive battle, up 1.5 points to a 10.0% share for the timeslot. Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel climbed 0.8 points to give them a run for their money, up 0.8 to a 9.7% share.
Overall in audience share for people aged 10+, 2GB slipped one point but remained on top with 13.4%, ahead of ABC’s 11.8% share.
NOVA’s smooth won the FM battle on a 9.3% share (down 0.1), ahead of KIIS’ 8.9% (up 1.0).
2Day suffered a small blow, falling 0.3 points to a 3.9% share.
#1 FM Overall: GOLD FM
#1 AM Overall: 3AW
#1 FM Breakfast: GOLD’s Christian O’Connell
#1 AM Breakfast: 3AW’s Ross & Russel
#1 FM Drive: GOLD’s Gavin Miller
#1 AM Drive: 3AW’s Tom Elliott
Biggest Mover Up: NOVA (+0.8)
Biggest Mover Down: Magic & smooth (-0.5)
There was no movement in the leaderboard in Melbourne, with 3AW dominating both overall (16.9% share, up 0.6) and in Breakfast. The Nine Radio station’s Ross & Russel Breakfast program fell 0.7 points, but was still well ahead of any competition on a 21.5% share.
3AW won the battle in Drive too, with Tom Elliott’s program jumping 1.6 points to a 14.7% share.
The leader on FM also remained the same, with ARN’s GOLD 104.3 shifting up 0.3 points to an 11.3% share, while Christian O’Connell’s Breakfast show fell 0.6 to an 8.3% share.
Fox’s refreshed Breakfast lineup of Fifi Box, Brendan Fevolva and newcomer Nick Cody remained stable on 7.2%. SCA stablemate Triple M, which has the new The Marty Sheargold Show in the slot, was also stable, remaining on a 6.2% share.
KIIS’ Jase & PJ – which has a new EP and recently announced co-host Polly ‘PJ’ Harding would be departing mid-year – slipped back 0.6 points to a 5.6% share.
In FM Drive, GOLD’s Gavin Miller remained on top with 10.7%, while Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel benefitted from a 1.5 point increase, taking the show to 9.2%. The show swapped places with Fox’s Carrie & Tommy, which fell 0.7 points to 8.8%.
#1 FM Overall: B105*
#1 AM Overall: 4KQ
#1 FM Breakfast: B105’s Stav, Abby & Matt*
#1 AM Breakfast: 4KQ’s Laurel, Gary & Mark*
#1 FM Drive: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel
#1 AM Drive: ABC Radio’s Steve Austin
Biggest Mover Up: 4KQ (+2.0)
Biggest Mover Down: triple j (-1.5)
Brisbane has a new #1 radio station, with SCA’s B105 jumping 0.9 points to an 11.1% share.
This dominance was replicated in Breakfast, with the Stav, Abby & Matt show- with Stav Davidson, Abby Coleman and Matty Acton – climbing 1.0 points to an 11.3% share, making it the #1 FM Breakfast show.
The only show to beat it was 4KQ’s Laurel, Gary & Mark with a 12.0% share, up 1.2 points.
The Hit Network station narrowly beat Nova’s Ash, Kip & Luttsy with Susie O’Neill, which slipped 0.2 points to an 11.2% share.
Triple M’s The Big Breakfast with Marto & Margaux fell 0.4 points to a 10.2% share, while 97.3’s Robin, Terry & Bob fell 0.3 to a 9.7% share.
In Drive, Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel was on top with a 13.3% share, down 1.5 points, while B105’s Carrie & Tommy jumped 0.8 points to an 11.0% share. Triple M’s mix of highlights from The Marty Sheargold Show followed by Molloy was down 0.5 points to 10.3%, while 97.3’s 3PM Pick Up and Will & Woody was up 1.2 points to 10.1%.
Overall, the closest competitor to B105 was ARN’s 4KQ, up 2.0 points to an 11.0% share, while Nova was on 10.6% (down 0.8), 97.3 on 10.2% (up 0.3), and Triple M on 10.0% (up 0.1).
#1 FM Overall: Mix
#1 AM Overall: Cruise
#1 FM Breakfast: Mix’s Erin Phillips & Soda
#1 AM Breakfast: ABC Radio’s Ali Clarke
#1 FM Drive: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel
#1 AM Drive: Cruise’s Mark Elliston
Biggest Mover Up: Triple M/ Nova (up 1.1)
Biggest Mover Down: triple j (down 1.8)
Despite the recent turmoil at Mix 102.3 in Adelaide, the station remained #1 in the city, with a 13.5% share, up 0.5 points.
Its troubled Breakfast show, Erin Phillips & Soda, also managed to stay on top, climbing 1.1 points to a 12.0% share.
In second place in FM Breakfast was Nova’s Ben & Liam, which was up 1.9 points to a 9.8% share.
#1 FM Overall – Nova
#1 AM Overall – 6PR
#1 FM Breakfast – Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun
#1 AM Breakfast – 6PR’s Gareth Parker*
#1 FM Drive – Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel
#1 AM Drive – 6PR’s Oliver Peterson
Biggest Mover Up: 6PR
Biggest Mover Down: ABC
All of Perth’s new Breakfast shows had an increase in audience share this survey, however the stability of Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun kept it on top with a 14.9% share (down 0.3 points).
Mix 94.5 – now part of the Hit Network – was second with a 12.2% share, up 0.2 points. The show transformed this year following the departure of Dean ‘Clairsy’ Clairs. It now features Pete Curulli in his place, as well as Matt Dytynski and Kymba Cahill, forming the Pete, Matt & Kymba show.
Nine Radio’s 6PR also had a number of lineup changes recently, with Breakfast co-host and Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas departing and then popping up at the new Triple M. Gareth Parker took over Breakfast this year, and this survey the show climbed 1.1 points to an 11.9% share.
Next up was 96FM, which said goodbye to Fred Botica and the legacy Botica’s Bunch radio brand during the survey period. He was replaced by SCA’s Clairs to form The Bunch alongside co-host Lisa Shaw. The station had a 1.5 share point bump to 10.4% in the timeslot.
Finally, the new Triple M team of Zempilas, Xavier Ellis and Jenna Clark, jumped 0.7 points to 8.4%.
Much of the growth in the new shows was possible due to declines at the ABC, with ABC Perth slipping 2.2 points in Breakfast to 7.0%, and Radio National down 1.2 points to a 1.8% share. ABC Classic also fell 0.2 points to 2.2%.
It was a similar story in Drive, with the commercial stations enjoying small bumps at the expense of the ABC. On top in Drive was Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel, up 0.4 points to 15.2%. The closest competitor was Mix with Carrie & Tommy on 12.3% (up 0.1).
Overall the #1 station was Nova on 13.3%, despite a 0.3 point drop.
Stations and shows marked with an asterisks [*] signal a change from the last survey.