Radio Ratings: Australian Radio Network strikes gold in Melbourne [survey 6]

Staff Writer

Welcome to Radio Today‘s comprehensive coverage of the sixth 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.

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

Survey #6 for 2019 was conducted by GfK for Commercial Radio Australia between Sunday, August 18 and Saturday, September 21.


#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 & KIIS: Will & Woody*
#1 AM Drive – ABC: Richard Glover

  • An excellent book for KIIS 106.5, with the station rising to second among FM stations on a 9.1% (+0.9) share of listening among People 10+. Now just 0.1% behind smoothfm.
  • Kyle & Jackie O steamroll to another FM Breakfast victory, with 11.6% (+0.6). Jackie O now has the #1 FM Sydney Breakfast show and the #1 National TV show with The Masked Singer averaging 1.38 million viewers.
  • They are streaks ahead of the competition, with stablemates Jonesy & Amanda in second with 8.2%.
  • Little change for 2DayFM, with the embattled station up 0.4% overall to 4.5% and Jamie Angel’s new Brekky show up just 0.1%.
  • The overall result for KIIS helps pull Will & Woody into the equal #1 Drive show, as they finish joint top with Kate, Tim & Marty on 10%.
  • Nova’s Mornings show with Smallzy had an incremental rise to 6.5% (+0.3).
  • Alan Jones’ 2GB Breakfast show remains Sydney’s #1 for AM despite a recent advertiser boycott seeing him dip to 16.8% (-0.3).


#1 FM Overall – Gold FM*
#1 AM Overall – 3AW
#1 FM Breakfast – Fox FM: Fifi, Fev & Byron
#1 AM Breakfast – 3AW: Ross & John
#1 FM Drive – Gold FM: Gavin Miller*
#1 AM Drive – 3AW: Tom Elliott

  • A huge result for Gold104.3, with the ARN station leaving Fox and smooth FM in its wake with a big upward turn to a 12% share (+2.2).
  • Christian O’Connell also had his best result since arriving in Australia, rising to a 9.5% share on Breakfast (+1.5), leaving him just behind #1 FM Brekky show Fifi, Fev & Byron on 9.6% (-0.4).
  • Gold’s market-leading position on the FM band was solidified by a win for Gavin Miller on Drive, pulling ahead of Hughesy & Kate on Fox.
  • ARN’s other station KIIS 101.1 was unable to back up a strong fifth book, dropping back to 5.8% overall (-0.9) and Jase & PJ falling to 5.8% (-1.4).
  • Nova’s Mornings host Matt Tilley failed to build on his audience, with Nova 100 dipping -0.2% to a 4.5% share.
  • 3AW remains the dominant force on AM, despite falls on Breakfast, Drive & Overall.


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

  • A great comeback by Hit105 in Brisbane of 10.9% overall among People 10+ (+1.5), as the station turned around recent results which saw it slip away from the top four.
  • Stav, Abby & Matt grew to 11.2% (+1.7) to become the #2 Breakfast show, behind Nova’s Ash, Kipp, Luttsy & Susie, flat on 12.7%.
  • Nova remains the dominant force in Brisbane, with the #1 show overall, on Brekky & Drive.
  • 97.3FM dipped overall and on Breakfast after a very strong fifth survey last time out.
  • Triple M’s Marto, Robin & Nick Coady fell to 10% (-1.0) on Breakfast in Robin’s final survey.
  • Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty hold a whopping 17% (+1.1) on Drive.
  • The battle between 4KQ and ABC for the AM band continues, with ABC winning Brekky and Drive while 4KQ is #1 overall.


#1 FM Overall – Mix
#1 AM Overall – ABC**
#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

  • Adelaide is as tight as it has been in years, with Nova’s rise to 11.3% putting them within touching distance of market leaders Mix 102.3 who drop to 12.3% (-1.3) among listeners aged 10+.
  • SCA will be pleased with the overall performance of Triple M and Hit 107, rising to 10% (+0.8) and 9.4% (+1.5) respectively.
  • Jodie & Soda remain the top rating Breakfast show with 11.9% (+0.3) in Jodie’s final survey for the year before taking maternity leave.
  • Bec & Cosi had the biggest movement on Breakfast, with the Hit107 duo up to 8.9% (+1.7).
  • Meanwhile, Kate, Tim & Marty remain easily the #1 Drive show on FM, up to 12.2% (+1.4).
  • ABC Adelaide beats Crusie1323 to become the #1 AM station overall and on Breakfast with Ali Clarke.


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

  • There’s no doubt about it, ARN’s shakeup of 96FM is proving to be an overwhelming success.
  • The station grew overall in share for the second consecutive book, up to 12.7% (+2.0) making it the #1 station in the West behind Nova on 13.5% (-0.9).
  • Both Nova and Mix94.5 fell in the latest book, the latter now on 10.9% (-0.8).
  • Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast was up again to 9.4% (+0.9), but Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun remain way out ahead on 14.6% (-0.9).
  • Nova’s market-leading position is cementing by another #1 result on Drive for Kate, Tim & Marty (15%).
  • 6PR leads the way on AM, as the #1 station overall, on Breakfast and Drive.

Stations and shows marked with a * denotes a change from the last survey.

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1 Oct 2019 - 9:35 am

Boom – 96FM! Well done team!

Scott Thomson
1 Oct 2019 - 9:50 am

Why do you keep referring to Alan Jones as number one AM?

Alan Jones is number one on Sydney breakfast by a mile.

Whether it is AM or FM, it doesnt matter!

    Jake Challenor
    1 Oct 2019 - 10:11 am

    @ Scott Thomson, Alan’s cume is 417,000 and K&J’s cume is 618,000. We always use best efforts to distinguish between AM and FM for obvious reasons.

Dave Matthews
1 Oct 2019 - 11:56 am

2ch breakfast a disaster.

1 Oct 2019 - 12:33 pm

Bet Christian packs his bags and heads back to the UK next year.

1 Oct 2019 - 12:37 pm

Wow 96fm. They would have this share 4 years ago if ARN they didn’t fiddle with it then. Lol shows programming inexperience and considering the group cd worked in Perth shows naivety, poor focus and programming lol. However well done on today.#garysavestheday

1 Oct 2019 - 1:28 pm

Wheres the mid-dawn numbers? Or is that timeslot not considered?

David R
1 Oct 2019 - 4:14 pm

How much longer with low ratings until 2ch changes it’s breakfast?

1 Oct 2019 - 4:53 pm

Looking at those trends CH on track to beat 2DAYFM.

1 Oct 2019 - 5:17 pm

Will and Woody are good guys but not right for national drive.

Neil McKenna
1 Oct 2019 - 9:23 pm

Chocolate cake at GOLD FM but more humble pie at MSN. Bring back MAGIC before it gets even more embarassing.

Carrie Harris
2 Oct 2019 - 7:14 pm

Congratulations Christian O’Connell I love the show. Well Done


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