Radio Ratings: Kyle & Jackie O extend ascendancy, ARN now #1 and #2 on FM Sydney Breakfast

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Welcome to Radio Today‘s comprehensive rolling coverage of the third GfK metro radio survey of 2019.

From 9:30am we’ll bring you all the market #1s and GfK ratings cards from 9:30am.

Then, check back throughout the day for the big talking points, headlines, and top takeaways from each metro market; Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

DAB+ Digital ratings will also be available on the site, as well as a game we like to call The Spin.

Later in the week, we dive deeper into each market and chat with content directors from the major networks.

Survey #3 for 2019 was conducted by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia between Sunday, April 21 and Saturday, May 25.


  • smoothfm is still the top station on FM in Sydney, and even rose into double digits this book with a 10% share of listening (+0.5), to finish ahead of KIIS FM in second.
  • ARN #1 and #2 on FM Breakfast with Kyle & Jackie O up to 11.8% (+0.4) and Jonesy & Amanda rising to 8.8% (+0.9).
  • Kate, Tim & Marty are back on top on Sydney Drive, going #1 on FM with a 9.9% share of listening (+1.5).
  • They took top spot off stablemates smoothfm on Drive with Byron Webb falling to third, and Will & Woody up into second.
  • 2GB is dominant in all key dayparts on AM, as Ben Fordham has reclaimed #1 AM Drive off ABC’s Richard Glover.

#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 – 2GB: Ben Fordham


  • It’s double delight for smoothfm, following up an overall in Sydney with top spot in Melbourne despite dipping to 10.3% (-0.7).
  • Closest rivals Gold FM (9.9%) and Fox FM (9.0%) both also fell slightly, while KIIS will be happy with a gain of (+0.9).
  • There’s a tie for #1 on FM Breakfast, as Fifi, Fev & Byron join Mike & Jen at the summit with an 8.9% share of listening.
  • A change of leader on FM Drive, with Gold104.3’s Gavin Miller clenching the title and knocking off Fox FM’s Hughesy & Kate in the process.
  • Similar to Sydney, Macquarie’s 3AW is easily the market leader on AM in all key metrics.

#1 FM Overall – smoothfm
#1 AM Overall – 3AW
#1 FM Breakfast – smoothfm: Mike Perso & Jennifer Hansen tied with Fox FM: Fifi, Fev & Byron
#1 AM Breakfast – 3AW: Ross & John
#1 FM Drive – Gold FM: Gavin Miller
#1 AM Drive – 3AW: Tom Elliott


  • Nova 106.9 is still the market leading station in Brisbane, despite falling to 11.5% (-0.9) overall.
  • Nova is #1 in all three key metrics, with Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie O’Neill still at the summit on Breakfast, and Kate, Tim & Marty daylight ahead of the competition on Drive.
  • ARN’s good book continues in Brissy, with 97.3FM is back in the Top 3 on a 10.7% share, just -0.2 behind Hit105 in second position falling to 10.9% (-0.9).
  • Other big movers included Triple M who took a -1.9 hit overall, falling to 4th place.
  • 4KQ may be the top AM station overall, but sits behind the ABC in both Breakfast and Drive.

#1 FM Overall –  Nova
#1 AM Overall – 4KQ
#1 FM Breakfast – Nova: Ash, Kip & Luttsy with Susie
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Craig Zonca & Loretta Ryan
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – ABC Brisbane: Steve Austin


  • Survey #3 saw a swing away from Mix 102.3, falling to 12.2% (-1.7), but the ARN station remains top dog overall in Adelaide.
  • Nova Adelaide could soon be within striking distance, on a 10.3% share.
  • Mix also saw a downturn for Jodie & Soda on Breakfast, but no rivals were able to take advantage, with all of Nova, Hit and Triple M losing ground in that daypart.
  • Kate, Tim & Marty extended their lead in Drive, up to 13.5% (+0.4), as Hughesy & Kate rise to take the fight to Will & Woody who hold on to a narrow margin in the #2 spot.
  • ABC Adelaide remains the #1 FM station, but FIVEaa’s Rowey & Bicks had a strong book and are #1 on AM Drive.

#1 FM Overall – Mix
#1 AM Overall – ABC Adelaide
#1 FM Breakfast – Mix: Jodie & Soda
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Ali Clarke
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive –  FIVEaa: Rowey & Bicks


  • Mix 94.5 is still #1 in Perth with 14.3% (-1.1), holding off a fast-finishing Nova up to 12.6% (+0.5).
  • Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun are up to #1 on Breakfast FM, ending the survey with a 13.1% share of listening to go ahead of Clairsy, Matt & Kymba on Mix.
  • Meantime Kate, Tim & Marty regained their lead back from Mix’s Kennedy Molloy, rising to a 14.4% share (+1.0) on FM Drive.
  • Hit92.9 remained fairly steady, with incremental gains overall and on Drive, as 96FM fell slightly in all three key metrics.
  • ABC Perth is now the #1 AM station overall, and Nadia Mitsopoulos & Russell Woolf are outright #1 on AM Breakfast.

#1 FM Overall – Mix94.5
#1 AM Overall – ABC
#1 FM Breakfast – Nova: Nathan, Nat & Shaun
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Nadia Mitsopoulos & Russell Woolf
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – ABC: Geoff Hutchison

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I switch off at 8:55
4 Jun 2019 - 10:38 am

It’s officially a trend, Nova have the best drive show, some of the best brekky shows, and the absolute worst music offering in every single city.

Mark J
4 Jun 2019 - 11:45 am

WS drive is in free fall and rating well below station average. Bring back Jason Staveley STAT!

David Ready
4 Jun 2019 - 12:12 pm

It’s a radio ratings survey. not an AM or FM, DAB+ survey. A No:1 station is No:1 across all the ratings. There is NO differentiation between AM and FM. The terms “AM” and “FM” are so archaic in 2019.

4 Jun 2019 - 1:03 pm

WS seems to be let down by drive.
Another bad book, what’s the problem?

4 Jun 2019 - 5:07 pm

2DAYFM sinks again sad. I feel sorry for the hard working staff at 2DAY and the entire Hit Network.

4 Jun 2019 - 5:07 pm

Bring back Dobbo SCA needs him.

5 Jun 2019 - 4:26 am

The Nova, Hit and Mix brekky shows in Adelaide are below average. There are better shows than all three in regional Australia. Bland boring dull. Radelaide deserves better. We used to have better shows here.

Dear David
5 Jun 2019 - 6:42 am

Hey David Ready there’s lot of difference between AM and FM. The AM audience is 60+ and dying and they don’t read this blog. Also AM is an antique now like it’s presenters.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:07 am

I hear more changes coming to 2Day breakfast. How long ago did Kyle and Jackie leave it must be 4 or 5 years ago.
2Day is like the Titanic.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:09 am

Nova breakfast in Adelaide now has its lowest breakfast share in five surveys.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:11 am

Think SCA regret appointing Bec and Cosi now ? What a disaster.

5 Jun 2019 - 10:15 am

Hey Dear David. Ho hum. Another ageist comment on this site about AM listeners.
It’s becoming common on this website.
AM and its presenters antiques? The ratings would indicate otherwise. Any FM station would love those numbers.
I’m not even close to the age bracket you mentioned but I don’t see why people have to denigrate it. There are plenty of people over 60 who are not even close to “dying”.
If you think FM is better then you can say why without insulting others.

5 Jun 2019 - 7:36 pm

Mick have you still got a black & white TV ?

5 Jun 2019 - 7:37 pm

The *hit network is on its knees. All that marketing, contesting and talent $$$$
What a waste of shareholders money.

6 Jun 2019 - 11:07 am

Anon @ 7:36 PM. You’re exactly what I’m talking about.
More insults.
You know when someone’s lost an argument – they get personal.


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