Third radio ratings: 2GB dominates in Sydney

By AdNews | 4 June 2019

In the third of eight radio ratings surveys for the year, results for the 10 March to 13 April  and 21 April to 25 May periods show listeners of broadcast radio as well as separate digital radio data, known as DAB+.

The charts below (click to expand) show ratings across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Catch-up on the second radio ratings of the year here and the first ratings of 2019 here.


2GB upped its dominance of the commercial market in the third ratings period, with a 14.8% audience share, up 0.3% from the second survey.

In second place is Nova Entertainment's Smooth FM, which also held onto its previous position, taking an audience share of 10%, jumping by 0.5 pecentage points.

Kiis 106.5 also remained in third place from the last survey, up 0.2 percentage points and taking a 9.3% share of audience.

In fourth place was WSFM, which bounced slightly from survey two, with a 0.2 percentage point increase, to reach 8.1%.

In fifth, sixth and seventh place is Nova 96.9, 2Day FM and Triple M, with a 7.2%, 5.6% and 5.5% audience share, respectively.

Breakfast breakdown: 2GB returns to take the crown

Macquarie Media's 2GB has once again retained the top breakfast slot, continuing its growth trajectory over the past two surveys. The station took a 17.6% share this survey, up 1.2% from survey two.

Kyle and Jackie O, of Kiis 106.5, came in second, holding onto the number one position for FM commercial radio breakfast with an audience size of 11.8%, also seeing an increase from last survey, up 0.4 percentage points.

In third for commercial breakfast is WSFM with 8.8% of the audience, climbing back into third spot following a lift of 0.9 percentage points.

It was followed by Smooth FM, which lost its spot in third place, as well as 0.5 pecentage points, taking a 7.5% overall share.
Nova 96.9 remained in fifth, with 7.2% of the audience, up 0.3% as it continues to recover from its 2% drop off in survey one.

It was followed by 104.9 Triple M with a 5.6% share of the audience, up by 0.7 percentage points.

The struggling 104.1 2Day FM came in last place once again, with audiences declining by 0.3%, reaching 4.2% of the total audience.

Drive time action

2GB returned to its top spot for commercial drive time radio, taking an 11% share of the overall audience, up 0.8 percentage points.

In second place was Nova 96.9, which leapt by 1.5 percentage points since the last survey, knocking off two other stations and taking a 9.9% audience share.

In third place was Kiis FM which jumped to an 9.5% audience share, up a solid 0.8 percentage points from last survey, continuing to show strength in the drive slot.

Smooth FM felt the sting in the third survey after a strong start to 2019, losing the top spot after declining by 1.3 percentage points since survey two, with a 9% audience share.

In fifth place was WSFM, which went up a spot despite a decline of 0.3%, ending the survey with 6.6% of the total audience.

It's followed by 2Day FM and Triple M, who shared sixth place with a 5.8% share, with 2Day declining by 1.3 points and Triple M growing by 0.9.


Digital radio wars

Coles Radio surged to retake the number one digital radio station this survey with 78,000 listeners, increasing by 14,000.

Edge Digital slipped to second place with 73,000 listeners, seeing a decline of 14,000 since the last survey.

Double J's audience grew by 15,000 and helped it take the third spot, bringing its total audience to 69,000.

In Melbourne, 3AW held on to the top spot for overall listenership, despite a 0.1% dip in audience share, sitting at 15.1%.

Smooth FM followed with 10.3% of the audience, slipping by 0.7%.

In third is Gold 104.3 with 9.9% of listeners, down 0.2% since the last radio ratings survey.

Also keeping its spot, is SCA’s 101.9 Fox FM in fourth, grabbing 9% of the audience, down by 0.6%.

It’s followed by ABC Melbourne, with 8.2% of the audience, up by 0.4%.

In sixth place is Nova 100, gaining 0.2% of the audience to reach 7.5% of total listeners.

It’s followed by 105.1 Triple M, which took 6.9% of the audience, unchanged since the last survey results.

It’s followed by KIIS 101.1 in seventh place, with 5.7% of the audience share, up by 0.9%.

Breakfast breakdown
Macquarie Media’s 3AW also grabbed the top breakfast slot spot, with 19.1% of the audience share, down by 0.4%.

Moving up from fourth to second place is ABC Melbourne, increasing by 1.1% to reach 9.7% of the audience.

Smooth FM and 101.9 Fox FM both came in at third place with 8.9% of the audience share. 101.9 Fox gained 0.2% while Smooth FM dropped by 0.6%.

In fourth spot is Nova 100 with 7.% of the audience, also up by 0.2%.

Closely behind is Gold 104.3 with 7.7%, up by 0.4%.

In sixth place is 105.1 Triple M with 7.3% of the audience share, down by 0.8%.

It’s followed by KIIS 101.1 and 3JJ with 5.2% each. KIIS 101.1 moved up by 0.3% while 3JJ lost 0.4%.

In eighth is 3RN with 4.1% of the audience, down by 0.3%.

Drive time action
Again coming in at number one is 3AW with 12.1% of the audience, down by 0.6%.

It’s followed by Gold 104.3 with 10.6% of the audience, up by 0.4%.

In third is Smooth FM with 9.8%, up by 0.2% since the last survey results.

It’s followed by 101.9 Fox with 9.7% of the audience, down by 0.9%.

In fifth place is Nova 100 with 8.6%, up by 0.1%, followed by 105.1 Triple M, with 7.7%of the audience, down by 0.4%.

In seventh is ABC Melbourne, dropping 0.2% to reach 6.6% of the audience share. KIIS 101.1 follows with a static 6.3%.

Digital ratings
Gaining 14,000 listeners to reclaim the top spot is Coles Radio which grabbed 79,000 listeners.

It’s followed by Double J, which lost 4,000 listeners to reach 67,000.

In third is The 80s iHeartRadio with 60,000 listeners, up by 15,000. It’s followed by The 90s iHeartRadio with 56,000 listeners, up by 21,000.

In fifth place is Easy Hits, with 45,000, down by 9,000.








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