Fourth radio ratings: Macquarie Media on top in Sydney and Melbourne

By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 9 July 2019

In the fourth radio ratings survey of the year, 2GB continued its dominance in Sydney, while 3AW reigned in Melbourne.

The survey for the period of 21 April to 29 June covers the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth market (see charts below).

Macquarie Media’s 2GB and 3AW retained the top spot across overall listenership, breakfast and drive time, despite internal shake-ups at the station.

Meanwhile Kyle and Jackie O’s Kiis 106.5, retained their spot in second place since the last radio ratings, which you can catch-up on here.

Sydney
Macquarie Media’s 2GB continued its dominance in the Sydney market despite a dip of 0.8%, resting at 14% of total listenership.

In second place is Nova’s Smooth FM 95.3 with 9.9% of the audience, down by 0.1 points, pushing out Kiis 106.5.

ARN’s WSFM came in third with 8.2% of listenership, up by 0.1%.

In fourth, down from second place since the last radio ratings, is Kiis 1065 which took 8.1% of the audience, down b y 1.2%.

It’s followed by ABC Sydney, which held 8% of total listenership, up by 0.7%.

Nova 96.9 came in sixth place, up by 0.3%, with 7.5% of the audience.

In seventh is 104.9 Triple M with 6% of total listenership in Sydney, up by 0.5%.

Breakfast breakdown
2GB maintained its lead in the breakfast slot, taking 17.4% of listeners, down by 0.2% since the last radio ratings survey.

It’s followed by Kiss 106.5 which took 10.9% of the audience, down by 0.9%, also maintaining its position in second place.

In third is ABC Sydney with 9.9% of listeners, up by 1%.

WSFM came in fourth place, down by 0.3%, with 8.5% of the audience.

It’s followed by Nova 96.9 with 7.5% of listeners, up by 0.3%.

In sixth position is Smooth FM 95.3 with 6.8% of listeners, down by 0.7% since the last radio ratings survey.

Coming in seventh place is 104.9 Triple M, gaining 0.4% of its audience, at 6%.

Trailing behind is 2RN with 4.6% of listeners, down by 0.1%.

Drive time action
Continuing its dominance over Sydney, 2GB came in the top spot for drive time, with 10.3% of the audience, down by 0.7%.

In second is Nova 96.9 with 10% of the audience, up by 0.1%.

It’s followed by ABC Sydney, once again in third place, with 9.1% of the audience, up by 0.3%.

In fourth place is Smooth FM 95.3 with 8.4% of the audience, down by 0.6%.

Kiis 106.5 came in fifth position, with 8.3%, down by 1.2%.

It’s followed by WSFM in sixth, with 7.7% of the audience, up by 1.1%.

In seventh is 104.9 Triple M with 6.8% of listeners, up by 1%.

Digital radio wars
Double J took out the top spot in the digital ratings battle, with 79,000 listeners, up by 10,000 since the last radio ratings survey.

In second is Edge Digital with 77,000, up by 4,000.

It’s followed by Coles Radio with 75,000 listeners, down by 3,000.

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Sydney market (click to expand)

 

Melbourne
Retaining the top spot for total listenership in Melbourne is 3AW, with 15.6% of the audience share, up 0.5% since the last radio ratings.

In second place is SCA’s 101.9 Fox FM with 9.8% of the audience share. The station was able to move up from fourth place with a 0.8% increase since the last radio ratings.

It’s followed by ARN’s Gold 104.3, which has 9.9% of the audience, down by 0.9%.

Slipping to the fourth spot from second is Nova’s Smooth FM 91.5, down by -1.5% to 8.8% of audience share.

In fifth place is ABC Melbourne, with 8.3% of the audience, up by 0.1%.

Nova 100 took out sixth place, retaining 7.5% of the audience share.

Breakfast breakdown
Macquarie Media’s 3AW also snatched the top spot on the breakfast slot, with 19.5% of the audience share, up by 0.4%

Moving into second place, SCA’s 101.9 Fox FM jumped up by 1.6% with 10.5% of the audience share.

ABC Melbourne dropped down from second to third place, with 8.8% of the audience, down by 0.9%.

Nova 100 remained in the fourth spot, with 8.2% of the audience share, up by 0.4%.

In fifth place, Gold 104.3 had 7% of the audience share, down by 0.7%.

Smooth FM slipped from third to sixth place, holding 6.7% of the audience share, down by 2.2%.

Drive time action
3AW took out the number one spot again with 12% of the audience share, down by 0.1%.

101.9 Fox FM moved up from fourth place into second with 11% of the audience share, up by 1.3%.

It’s followed by Gold 104.3 with 9.1% of the audience, down by 1.5%.

In fourth place is Nova 100, with 8.8% of the audience share, up by 0.2%.

Smooth FM moved down to fifth place with 8.6%, down by 1.2%.

In sixth place is ABC Melbourne with 7.5% of the audience, jumping up by 0.9%.

Digital ratings
Coles Radio remains in the top spot with 76,000 listeners, despite losing 3,000 since the last survey.

Tied in second is Oldskool Hits and The 90s iHeartRadio, both with 59,000 listeners, gaining 10,000 and 3,000 listeners respectively.

In third place is Double J, which lost 9,000 listeners to rest at 58,000.

It’s followed by The 80s iHeartRadio with 53,000 listeners, down by 7,000.

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Melbourne market (click to expand)

 

Brisbane market (click to expand)
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Adelaide market (click to expand)

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Perth market (click to expand)

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