Radio Ratings: Melbourne’s Jase & PJ neck-and-neck with Hot Breakfast, Fox back to #1 FM

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

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

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 #4 for 2019 was conducted by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia between Sunday, May 26 and Saturday, June 29.


  • There was no change to the #1 FM or AM stations overall in Sydney, with smoothfm still best on FM with 9.9% (-0.1) among People 10+.
  • smooth finished ahead of WSFM on 8.2% (+0.1), then KIIS in third who took a -1.2 hit to fall to 8.1%.
  • It was a disappointing book for 2DayFM, falling to 4.7% (-0.9) overall. Grant, Ed & Ash fell to a poor 3.1% on Brekky (-1.1).
  • Kyle & Jackie O are still top on Breakfast (7 in a row), despite falling -0.9, still ahead on double digits with 10.9%, with daylight between them and Jonesy & Amanda in second on 8.5%.
  • 2GB remains dominant across all key metrics overall.

#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 was a different story for SCA in Melbourne, with Fox FM now the #1 FM station with 9.8% (+0.8).
  • They knocked smoothfm off the top spot, who fell to third with 8.8% (-1.5) behind Gold in second.
  • A great book for Fifi, Fev and Byron, who went up +1.6 up to a 10.5% share.
  • KIIS FM celebrates a good result, up +1.3 on Breakfast for Jase & PJ, +0.1 ahead of Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, meanwhile, Christian O’Connell dropped to 7% (-0.7).
  • Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny are now the #2 FM Breakfast show with 8.2% (+0.4).
  • Fox’s gains have translated into a win for Hughesy and Kate on Drive, with Melbourne the only metro market currently eluding Kate, Tim & Marty.
  • 3AW is still the market leader, #1 overall, Breakfast and Drive.

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


  • Nova is still the market leader in Brisbane, retaining #1 spot overall with 11.7% (+0.2), and in key dayparts Breakfast and Drive.
  • Another growth book for 97.3FM, second overall among FM stations, ahead of SCA’s Triple M and Hit105.
  • Hit105 took a hit overall, falling to 9.7% (-1.2) and for Stav, Abby & Matt down to 9.7% (-1.3), finishing equal with 97.3’s Bianca, Mike & Bob (+0.4).
  • Triple M’s Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin & Nick are up to 11.4% (+0.8), taking the fight to Nova’s Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie on 11.8% (+0.5).
  • 4KQ is now dominant across the AM Band, going ahead of 4BC on Breakfast.

#1 FM Overall –  Nova
#1 AM Overall – 4KQ
#1 FM Breakfast – Nova: Ash, Kip, Luttsy & Susie
#1 AM Breakfast – 4KQ: Laurel, Gary & Mark
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – 4KQ: Nick Michaels


  • Mix is still #1 overall on FM with 12.1% among People 10+ (-0.1), as FIVEaa knock off ABC to become the #1 AM station in Adelaide.
  • Nova 91.9 is now #2 on FM, up to 10.9% (+0.6), 
  • Jodie and Soda fell to 10.8% (-1.4), as Nova’s Dylan & Hayley nip at their heels with 9.7% (+0.3).
  • After a decent start to their time on Hit107 Breakfast, Bec & Cosi fell further this book to a 7.1% share (-0.9).
  • No FM stations can hold a bar to ABC (14.1%) and FIVEaa (14%), way ahead battling for #1 overall on Breakfast.
  • Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty are easily #1 on Drive, despite a gain of +1.0 for Will & Woody.

#1 FM Overall – Mix
#1 AM Overall – FIVEaa
#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


  • Nova takes #1 overall with an impressive 14.1% (+1.5) over Mix 94.5 with 12.1% (-2.2) in Perth.
  • Nathan, Nat & Shaun streak ahead to 14.2% (+1.1) on Breakfast.
  • It was an impressive book for triple j, with Ben & Liam now #2 Breakfast show in Perth with 11.8% (+1.2) and triple j the #3 station overall on Perth with 11.5% (+1.7).
  • 96FM remained steady overall on 7.7% (-0.2), with Paul & Lise’s final Breakfast survey remaining flat on 7.1%. 
  • ABC is dominant on the AM Band, taking out the #1 spot overall, on Breakfast and Drive.

#1 FM Overall – Nova
#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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Scott Thomson
9 Jul 2019 - 10:11 am

Why do you separate no 1 FM and AM?

No 1 is No 1, it doesn’t matter which band.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:19 am

Poor old 2DAYFM
Skating along the bottom since KandJ left
A shadow of its once great self.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:37 am

973 Breakfast and Hit105 Breakfast both sliding.

9 Jul 2019 - 10:47 am

What about 4BC? Remember the howls of protest when they decided to network from Sydney? They were rating in the 3’s then. Now up to 8.

RE : Scott Thomson
9 Jul 2019 - 10:58 am

Because they’re so far apart demographically: Core age for AM would be 50+ / for FM 30… Look at cume… 3AW and 2GB dominate share while a #1 FM will double or triple their cume.

It’s unfair to say 3AW is #1 when they purely dominate share because the older demographic is glued to their programs. Where as Fox has 1.2 million listeners and is by far the most listened to station.

9 Jul 2019 - 11:11 am

2Dayfm breakfast is a disaster. So much for TV cross promotes on HYBPA and ” profile ” Notice that Bec and Cosi on there slide too. Someone at SCA has the midas touch.

9 Jul 2019 - 11:50 am

Grant Denyer’s breakfast show is broken.

9 Jul 2019 - 11:52 am

The Hit Network has some real problems now. What will you do next Gemma?

9 Jul 2019 - 12:31 pm

2DayFM are all over the place.
One minute a song that’s almost 40 years old, then Justin Bieber, and they wonder why no one is listening?

9 Jul 2019 - 12:54 pm

Well done to Jase and PJ. Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s working.

9 Jul 2019 - 2:21 pm

Wow, an incredible result for 4BC (marking a real shift in older listening habits) and 4KQ (beating Hit 105 and now up there in the ratings with the FMers).

A resilient AM band in Brisbane seems to have even had some effect at Macqaurie Sports Radio 882, the strongest ratings posting that network is getting.

Compare and contrast this with Melbourne and you find the worst ratings result for 3EE (the original 3XY) of all time!

The result not so much defined by the absence of any detectable audience but rather defined by a surging SEN in mid AFL season.

So I ask Macquarie not if music is coming back to 1278. I only ask when?

Yay Jase and PJ!

Very tough gig they have but it says something about them to surge even as their competitors also go up.

Also, KIIS 1011 are simply sounding really good lately. As nobody does pure CHR anymore, KIIS is at least as good sounding as their rivals.

The Teacher
9 Jul 2019 - 5:49 pm

When will SCA learn from ARN and start to put radio people on-air instead of TV hosts and comedians. So much time has been wasted at 2Day over the past five years.

9 Jul 2019 - 6:25 pm

Seems 2DayFM can’t take a trick.
The station that used to have Sydney by the ears not rates a measley 3 percent in breakfast.
I’ve lost count of the line-ups since Kyle and Jackie O left.
Maybe they should just play music, and stick to one genre, not the mix of old and new they have now that pleases no one, except a small minority?

9 Jul 2019 - 8:33 pm

2DAYFM basket case. Shut it down turn off the transmitter it must be losing money.

Neil McKenna
9 Jul 2019 - 9:05 pm

Adam Lang says MSN has shown “further audience growth”. Melbourne is 0.2 (down from 0.4) and Sydney is 0.8 and Brisbane is 0.9 (both up 0.1). Paying all these high profile talking heads for those results is madness. It’s unsustainable and I predict music will be back sooner rather than later. Magic was getting ratings around 5 at half the cost.

Mr Music
9 Jul 2019 - 9:56 pm

I agree AM and FM should not be seperated here.

Afterall, we’re virtually now on an even playing field, with all metro stations on DAB+ digital radio (plus online if you want to throw that in there).

10 Jul 2019 - 4:47 am

I’m very sorry to say because they seem like very nice people but Jase and PJ’s uplift will be shorlived. Jase & PJ now have 500k listeners but that compares to FOX FM, Gold, Nova etc who have over a 1 million listeners. Unfortunately whilst ARN should be given credit for giving young talent a go they won’t do well over the long term and will end the year with a 5 share average. Good luck to them but they aren’t major metro breakfast material yet and although they did well in Drive in New Zealand won’t cut it long term on Melbourne Breakfast. Mark my words wait and see.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:47 am

To Graham I would agree. Jase and PJ could be good in Brisbane or Adelaide they will not sustain in Melbourne. I listened to the show recently – contest city a real lack of content and relateable.
Afraid they will drop back to where they were last year and ARN will go back to the drawing board again.

10 Jul 2019 - 10:38 am

Graham – They did well NZ? If ranked 8th in the country is good. Then yeah sure. They had potential… They were growing… Then they left.

10 Jul 2019 - 10:56 am

Southern Cross Austereo has revealed a revamped logo and new brand sound in a bid to prepare for the future of the audio industry. How about fixing poor old 104.1 2Dayfm ?
That needs a re brand more than ” SCA ” Get rid of the ” Hit ‘ brand Who’s idea was that anyway. Dobbo ?

10 Jul 2019 - 2:33 pm

No brainer, Hit Adelaide need to get Shane Lowe back to the market.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:13 pm

Agree with Mark. Shane Lowe is loved in the Adelaide market and very talented.

Hey boys
10 Jul 2019 - 6:26 pm

Hey Sam and Graham stop picking on those kiwis Jase and PJ. Biggest problem at ARN is Will and Woody they were finished at SCA when Duncan picked them up ( cheap ) Not rating not funny they’ll always be way behind Hughesy, KTM, KM and Veronica and Lewis. KIIS would be better off playing non stop music in Drive.

10 Jul 2019 - 6:40 pm

Will and Woody not going well.
5th in Sydney down 1.2%
7th in Melbourne
4th in Bris
5th in Perth
If I was Kyle and Jackie I would be pissed off having to ‘ carry ‘ these two in Sydney. They contribute nothing to the stations overall.

11 Jul 2019 - 7:12 am


Neil McKenna
11 Jul 2019 - 8:34 pm

Geez ! He’d have to bring a lot of listeners with him … busloads. I see Roy & HG have done nothing. The station is a basket case.

11 Jul 2019 - 8:35 pm

Kiis need to get rid of the 3pm pick up and have a better lead in to will and woody

12 Jul 2019 - 12:26 pm


30 Jul 2019 - 7:11 pm

Congratulations to Jase and PJ.

Your content is always fresh, comical, relevant and relatable to the audience at hand.

You both have a natural bond and connection that money can’t buy. I know it will take time for people to gel to your amazing talent.

Definitely, the dark horse in breakfast radio. You both will be a household name in many years to come.

Keep up the great work. Love tuning in to your show.


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