Radio Ratings: Stav, Abby & Matt a big hit in Brisbane, Nova now ahead of KIIS in Sydney

Staff Writer

Welcome to the fifth GfK radio survey results of 2018.

All the GfK results and #1’s will be available below, to bring you up to speed quickly.

Radio Today will continue its rolling ratings coverage throughout the day, including The Spin.

We will also bring you all the latest in The Mother of All Radio Battles between SCA’s 2DayFM Sydney and ARN’s KIIS FM Melbourne.

Survey #5 for 2018 was conducted by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia between Sunday July 15 and Saturday August 18.

SYDNEY: Nova 96.9 overtakes KIIS 106.5 as #2 FM, with Jonesy & Amanda #1 FM in Breakfast

Despite a strong marketing campaign and a revamped workdays format, 2Day FM has slipped back to a listening share of 4.2% of People 10+ in the latest GfK results (-0.7). Breakfast with Em, Grant & Ed lost one point, landing at 3.3%. Meanwhile, Nova outperformed KIIS, with 7.9% People 10+ (+0.8). Kyle & Jackie O ended their double-digit streak, with ARN stablemates Jonesy & Amanda now Sydney’s most listened to FM brekkie show, and Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa making impressive gains to 8.0% (+1.1).

Another great result for 2GB, the #1 station in Sydney at 14.1%, and also making gains in their bullseye demo of People 55-64 (+3.4). ABC Sydney is relatively flat on 7.8% of People 10+ (-0.4). Macquarie Sports Radio is also down, with a listening share of 0.6% People 10+.


#1 FM Overall – WSFM
#1 AM Overall – 2GB
#1 FM Breakfast – WSFM: Jonesy & Amanda
#1 AM Breakfast – 2GB: Alan Jones
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – 2GB: Ben Fordham

MELBOURNE: Fox FM’s Fifi, Fev & Byron leap into double digits

Fifi, Fev & Byron have entered double-digits at Fox FM with a listening share of 10.3% in today’s results (+0.4). But it was NOVA Entertainment’s smoothfm that owns the title of Melbourne’s most listened to FM station with 10.4% (+1.3), likely, in part at least, attributable to a decline of ARN’s Gold FM (-0.9). triple j’s Ben & Liam were up in Breakfast too (+1.3) as the station finished survey five with 5.6% of People 10+.

Macquarie Media’s 3AW remains the city’s #1 station with 13.2% of People 10+. SEN and ABC Melbourne were also down slightly (-0.2 and -0.5 respectively). The newly launched Macquarie Sports Radio was flat for People 10+ and down in all key shifts across the workday.


#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

BRISBANE: Hit Network reclaims their #1 position, topples Nova at Breakfast

The four-way FM battle in Brisbane intensified further this survey, but Hit105 came out on top, emerging flat with an 11.8% share of listening for People 10+, while Nova 106.9 dipped to 11.4% (-0.8). The overall result was reflected in Brekky too, with Stav, Abby & Matt jumping to 13.1% (+0.6) to wrestle #1 spot on FM away from Nova’s Ash, Kip & Luttsy on 11.8% (-0.9). Meantime Triple M saw some excellent gains both overall, up to 11.5% (+1.1), and with Marto, Robin & The Moonman on Brekky to 12.7% (+1.6).

The AM band saw little movement in the sunshine capital, with 4KQ retaining first place despite falling to 7.9% (-1.4) in People 10+. Macquarie Sports Radio holds on to its 1% (-0.1), while ABC’s Craig Zonca & Rebecca Levingston are still topping Breakfast on AM with 7.2% (-0.1).

#1 FM Overall –  Hit 105
#1 AM Overall – 4KQ
#1 FM Breakfast – Hit: Stav, Abby & Matt
#1 AM Breakfast – ABC: Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston
#1 FM Drive – Nova: Kate, Tim & Marty
#1 AM Drive – 4KQ: Nick Michaels

ADELAIDE: Mix 102.3 & FIVEaa maintain their marketing leading positions

Few surprises for Adelaide this survey, as Mix102.3 continues its dominance in FM with a strong 15.1% share of listening for People 10+ (-0.3). Jodie & Soda saw little competition for Breakfast once again, holding onto an impressive 14% (+0.1), while Will & Woody held on to their only metro #1 position on Drive with 14.6% (flat) over Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty on 13.6% (-0.2).

FIVEaa’s AM stronghold in Adelaide has furthered this survey, with the station making more gains to 13.1% overall (+1.3). Unsurprisingly, FIVEaa Breakfast with David & Will, and Drive with Rowey & Bicks held onto their top spots in both time slots.

#1 FM Overall – Mix
#1 AM Overall – FIVEaa
#1 FM Breakfast – Mix: Jodie & Soda
#1 AM Breakfast – FIVEaa: David & Will
#1 FM Drive – Mix: Will & Woody
#1 AM Drive – FIVEaa: Rowey & Bicks

PERTH: ABC Perth loses its AM stronghold to 6PR in Breakfast

Nova 93.7 remains the market leader in Perth, carrying over its strong result in the previous survey and into the latest radio ratings. Nova was #1 FM overall with a 13.9% share of listening (-0.8), just holding on over Mix94.5 on 13.7% (+0.1) with Nathan, Nat & Shaun on 15% (+0.2) and Kate, Tim & Marty on 15.4% (-2.2) also remaining on top of their respective dayparts.

While ABC Perth held onto their top spot overall over on the AM band, 6PR’s Breakfast show of Steve Mills & Basil Zempilas pipped the national broadcaster to the #1 position on Breakfast, with a share of 11.1% (flat) as ABC’s Peter Bell & Paula Kruger fell to 10.9% (-0.6).


#1 FM Overall – Nova
#1 AM Overall – ABC
#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 – ABC: Geoff Hutchison

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28 Aug 2018 - 9:47 am

106.5 is a very boring station after kyle and Jackie that don’t offer anything except a boring 3pm show and a boring morning show repeat at 7pm

The Chemist
28 Aug 2018 - 9:51 am

HUGE win for hit105 and Stav Abby & Matt. Listening to that show, there’s one thing that sticks out, and the exact same thing does on Fifi Fev & Byron (who are #1 FM and rate above station average)… chemistry! It’s all about that sweet chemistry. All the prizes and story arcs in the world can’t make up for the big dose of vitamin C.

28 Aug 2018 - 10:39 am

Pretty awesome result for Jase and PJ!

28 Aug 2018 - 10:42 am

Poor Kyle and Jackie look at their breakfast figure of 9.3 on such a crappy station that only rates 7%. Its all downhill on that station after breakfast. Lucky for ARN they have them otherwise KIIS would rate like 2Dayfm.

Jase & PJ Lover
28 Aug 2018 - 1:03 pm

Go Jase & PJ! A great show that deserves to see this growth!

CH Fan
28 Aug 2018 - 2:00 pm

Congratulations 2CH beating 2Dayfm in Mornings. CH at 5.3% to 2Dayfm 3.7%
So much for Commercial Free mornings on 104.1

28 Aug 2018 - 2:06 pm

Odd number for wsfm 18-24

28 Aug 2018 - 2:17 pm

When will they pull the plug on Macquarie Sports Radio?
It’s a fail with no hope of improving.

Bring back EASY LISTENING 4BH in Brisbane. Just put the Smooth FM playlist on automation if they have to!

Put a true Classic Hits station on in Melbourne, something like 4KQ.

As for Sydney, not sure. Probably bring back 2UE with a left leaning skew to balance out the right-wing rhetoric on 2GB.

28 Aug 2018 - 3:52 pm

WS up 10% 18-24 what a bounce

28 Aug 2018 - 5:49 pm

ARN have two Number 1’s overall, Nova Ent have 2 Number 1’s overall and sadly SCA now only have 1 Number 1 in Brissie.

28 Aug 2018 - 6:07 pm

when are arn going to do something about 96 here in perth. Its a dogs breakfast.

28 Aug 2018 - 6:56 pm

Each market has a number 1 station ‘overall’, irrespective of band. Each shift has a number 1 overall, unless a tie. I suggest your summary results are inaccurate.

29 Aug 2018 - 2:36 am

I don’t think any team has a tougher gig than Jase and PJ on the long suffering KIIS 101.1 – up against far more conventional breakfast formats on Fox and Nova, they needed to try something different even if that meant taking a hit for a few surveys. It’s taken a while to get to know them but they are sounding really settled in lately and it can be quite fun (and funny) at times.

Smooth FM – the quiet achiever of Melbourne radio…and to think it was once the rock bottom rating Vega (how did they get it so wrong for so long and now this?)

Macquarie Sports Radio may be partly responsible for the bounce in breakfast at rival 1017 Sky Sports in Sydney. Perhaps I’m just guessing but I note all the promotion of MSR on the news-talk stations (3AW, 2GB) and then recently noticed The Big Sports Breakfast advertised on the pages of Big League. Add to that it’s footy season and Sky Sports has a solid weekend racing audience and there’s enough indications Sky Sports is running on certain audience engagement fundamentals while MSR is just getting swamped by the noise of competition.

The MSR ratings in Melbourne are surely unsustainable, especially now with rival Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) now actually a ‘network’ of two channels (1116 and SEN+ 1377). Yet as annoying and ridiculous as it may be having every AM commercial station beside 3AW being all-sport, I believe the onus is on Macquarie to reconsider choice of format for 1278 AM, whereas SEN is smart to specialise best they can, given their best ratings days appear to have passed (with a rather mediocre 3 per cent share in the middle of AFL season).

What a mess in Sydney – Listeners appear to have worked out that KIIS is not a very convincing CHR selection while 2Day is not a very convincing AC selection. But it would be a brave tipster to start predicting the decline of Kyle and Jackie O, who are the closest thing in Australian radio to long running teams like those at KIIS in LA or Z100 in New York City. Not sure what you do about 2Day but KIIS would be wise to focus on being the one format and not forget it really is about building a format around that show…and not much else.

29 Aug 2018 - 6:53 am

How can KIIS rate this low ? They have relied on Kyle Sanderlands and Jackie for so long just like 2DAYFM used to. Lazy programmers resting on the success of K&J.

29 Aug 2018 - 6:56 am

So WS have nearly 20% of 18-24’s yeah right they all just switched of Triple J and Nova and tuned into WS Pure Gold. There will be a correction.


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