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News April 12, 2022

Radio Ratings: How did the music stations fare in Survey 2?

Senior Journalist, B2B
Radio Ratings: How did the music stations fare in Survey 2?

The second radio ratings of 2022 are here!

Overall, it was a solid performance for Nova, with the station climbing to the top of the market in Perth (13.9% share), Adelaide (tied with ARN’s Mix 102.3 on 11.8%) and Brisbane (10.6%). In Melbourne and Sydney, despite remaining in the middle of the pack, it did have climbs of 0.3 and 0.8 respectively.

This survey also marked a turnaround for many of Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network stations, with 2DayFM in Sydney finally back above the 5.0% share mark. A jump of 0.9 in Breakfast and climbs across all day parts helped the station to a 5.1% share, up 0.9 from last survey.

In Melbourne, the Hit Network’s Fox was the biggest mover, up 1.8 points to a 9.6% share, while Adelaide’s SAFM remained relatively steady on 8.6% (up 0.1), as did Perth’s Hit 94.5 (12.4%, up 0.2).

B105 in Brisbane, meanwhile, climbed 1.0 overall to 10.0%, making it Brisbane’s biggest mover upwards. Its Breakfast show Stav, Abby & Matt also regained the top position after a 2.3 point climb.

And over at ARN, the network continued to dominate the Sydney FM radio market with KIIS 106.5 on 9.6% and WSFM on 8.4%.

ARN’s GOLD 104.3 also remained on top of the FM pile in Melbourne and the network also had steady gains in Adelaide and Perth.


SYDNEY:

#1 FM Overall: KIIS 106.5 (9.6%)
#1 AM Overall: 2GB (14.3%)
#1 FM Breakfast: KIIS’ Kyle & Jackie O (11.3%)
#1 AM Breakfast: 2GB’s Ben Fordham (18.9%)
#1 FM Drive: KIIS’ Will & Woody (9.8%)
#1 AM Drive: 2GB’s Jim Wilson (8.2%)*

Biggest Mover Up: 2DayFM (+0.9)
Biggest Mover Down: triple j (-2.0)

Top Sydney Radio Stations

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Could this survey mark a turning point for SCA’s stations in Sydney?

Its Hit Network station, 2DayFM, was the biggest climber, up 0.9 to a share of 5.1%. This was supported by climbs in all day parts, including Breakfast, where Hughesy, Ed & Erin shifted up 0.9 to 4.2%.

SCA stablemate Triple M was up 0.7 overall to 5.3%, while its new Breakfast program with Mark Geyer, Triple M Breakfast with MG, Jess & Pagey, was up 1.1 to 4.7%.

The SCA stations appeared to be the biggest beneficiaries of triple j’s fall of 2.0 share points. The station is traditionally hit by declines in Survey 2 after boosts in Survey 1 off the back of the Hottest 100 Countdown.

Despite the gains for SCA, there was still no touching ARN in Sydney. KIIS 106.5 climbed 0.8 to an FM-leading share of 9.6%, while WSFM remained steady on 8.4%.


MELBOURNE:

#1 FM Overall: GOLD (11.4%)
#1 AM Overall: 3AW (15.1%)
#1 FM Breakfast: GOLD’s Christian O’Connell (10.3%)
#1 AM Breakfast: 3AW’s Ross & Russel (18.9%)
#1 FM Drive: GOLD’s Dave ‘Higgo’ Higgins (11.4%)
#1 AM Drive: 3AW’s Tom Elliott (11.4%)

Biggest Mover Up: Fox (+1.8)
Biggest Mover Down: 3AW (-0.8)

Top Melbourne radio stations

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SCA’s stations also had a good book in Melbourne, with Hit Network’s Fox experiencing the largest leap. The station went from a 7.8% share last survey to 9.6% this time around, an increase of 1.8.

In Breakfast, the movement was even larger, with Fifi, Fev & Nick up 2.1 to a 9.6% share.

Triple M had some comparatively minor gains, up 0.4 overall to 5.4%. Breakfast program The Marty Sheargold Show was up 0.5 to 4.5%.

Melbourne’s love affair with ARN’s GOLD 104.3 also continued, with the station remaining relatively steady on an 11.4% share (down 0.1). Its Christian O’Connell Breakfast show was up 0.6 to 10.3%.

And while Nova 100 remained relatively steady overall, up 0.3 points to 7.4%, its Breakfast program of Chrissie, Sam & Browny climbed 1.7 points to a share of 9.2%.


BRISBANE:

#1 FM Overall: Nova 106.9 (10.6%)
#1 AM Overall: ABC Brisbane (9.6%)
#1 FM Breakfast: B105’s Stav, Abby & Matt (11.4%)*
#1 AM Breakfast: ABC Brisbane’s Craig Zonca & Loretta Ryan (12.4%)
#1 FM Drive: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel (13.4%)
#1 AM Drive: ABC Brisbane’s Steve Austin (10.4%)

Biggest Mover Up: B105 (+1.0)
Biggest Mover Down: 4BC (-1.3)

Top Brisbane Radio Stations

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The race for the #1 spot in Brisbane became even tighter this survey.

Market leaders Nova 106.9 managed to hold onto the top spot, with a minor fall of 0.2 taking it to a 10.6% share.

SCA’s B105, however, edged much closer with a 1.0 share point gain to 10.6%.

ARN’s KIIS 97.3 also nudged up 0.6 to 9.1%, while 4KQ – which is reportedly close to being sold – remained steady on 9.4%.

The biggest move upwards across all day parts came from B105’s Breakfast program Stav, Abby & Matt. The show, which was also #1 in Survey 2 last year, jumped 2.3 points to an 11.4% share.


ADELAIDE:

#1 FM Overall: Mix 102.3 & Nova 91.9 (11.8%)*
#1 AM Overall: Cruise 1323 (11.3%)*
#1 FM Breakfast: Nova’s Ben & Liam (12.3%)*
#1 AM Breakfast: ABC Adelaide’s Stacey Lee & Nikolai Beilharz  (15.8%)
#1 FM Drive: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel (14.2%)
#1 AM Drive: ABC Radio’s Jules Schiller (10.7%)

Biggest Mover Up: Nova (+2.6)
Biggest Mover Down: ABC Adelaide (-1.6)

Biggest Adelaide radio shows

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There was quite a lot of change in the Adelaide radio market this survey.

Nova 91.9 soared 2.6 points to join ARN’s Mix 102.3 as the top station in the market. Both stations now boast an 11.8% share.

A surge of 3.5 share points in Breakfast also put Nova’s Ben & Liam on top of the timeslot with a 12.3% share.

Mix 102.3, which has led the Breakfast battle in the past, is bedding in its new show with Ali Clarke. It climbed 1.8 to 9.9%.

Last survey’s Breakfast winner, Triple M’s Roo, Ditts & Loz, was down 0.9 to 8.9%.


PERTH:

#1 FM Overall: Nova 93.7 (13.9%)*
#1 AM Overal: ABC Perth (7.6%)*
#1 FM Breakfast: Nova’s Nathan, Nat & Shaun (16.6%)
#1 AM Breakfast: ABC Perth’s Tom Baddeley (10.0%)
#1 FM Drive: Nova’s Kate, Tim & Joel (14.0%)
#1 AM Drive: ABC’s Geoff Hutchison (6.5%)*

Biggest Mover Up: Nova 93.7 (+0.7)
Biggest Mover Down: 6iX (-1.0)

Top Perth Radio Stations

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Nova 93.7 is back on top in Perth after 96FM took home the crown last survey.

The station had a 13.9% share overall (up 0.7). Its Breakfast show Nathan, Nat & Shaun was up a significant 2.2 to 16.6%, while in Drive Kate, Tim & Joel remained untouchable on 14.0%, despite a 1.3 point fall.

SCA’s stations in Perth had modest gains.

Triple M was up 0.5 to 6.4%, and the Hit Network’s Mix 94.5 was up 0.2 to 12.4%.


Stations and shows marked with an asterisks [*] signal a change from the last survey.

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