Our analysis of the networks and cities.
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Australian Radio Network
Also, see more about ARN’s digital station in the Sydney city analysis below.
For and Against, station by station, network by network,
Survey 2 was steady for Sydney, with not so much movement, except the expected drop that happens to triple j after the Hottest100 effect wears off, and some lingering effects of the cricket season ending, to the benefit of music stations.
Triple j had the biggest drop, down 1.4 to 5.3%. KIIS, 2Day and Triple M all rose significantly. Movement at other stations was below 1%.
2GB remains top station, dipping 0.3 to 11.5%.
KIIS moved into second place, gaining 1.4 share points to 9.5%, pushing sister station WSFM from second position.
Smooth fm was third placed overall, steady on 8.5%, closely followed by WSFM, down 0.6 to 8.4%.
Fifth placed Nova dropped 0.5 to 6.9%.
2GB won breakfast ahead of a significantly improving KIIS. 2GB won mornings, evenings and weekends. 2GB and WS tied in the afternoon timeslot and KIIS’ new drive team won the hotly contested drive shift.
KIIS won 10-17s, Nova won 18-24s, KIIS won 25-39s, WSFM won 40-54s, ABC Sydney won 55-64s and 2GB won the over 65s.
The interesting trend for Sydney, revealed in the digital ratings, is the significant niche filled by The Edge 96.1, ARN’s youth focused western suburbs station.
Because the Edge is not officially licenced to serve the Sydney area, it cannot be counted in the main AM/FM ratings results, but it has always been known that the station has a strong youth following throughout the areas where it can be heard in Sydney (almost everywhere except the Eastern suburbs).
Until now the station’s analog results had only been available to subscribers of the detailed survey figures, clumped in as ‘other FM’ for in-house use only, so its impact could not be measured. Now however, it’s impact is evident in the digital survey, with Edge Digital taking out top digital radio position, ahead of ABC Jazz, then Coles Radio and Double J.
The growing figures for ABC Grandstand around the country may also be having an effect on the ABC’s main capital city metro station ratings, eliminating the usual upswings during the summer cricket season.
All the digital ratings charts for each city are in our main results report here.
3AW remains on top, up 0.5 to 13.7%.
Fox consolidated its second position, lifting 0.6 share points to 11.4% overall.
Third placed Smooth slipped slightly, down 0.2 to 10.1%
Gold was in fourth place, up 0.3 to 10.0%.
ABC Melbourne held fifth place, up 0.2 to 8.3%.
3AW won breakfast ahead of ABC Melbourne. 3AW also won mornings, evenings and weekends. Fox won afternoons and drive, with the new Melbourne based drive team Hughesy and Kate working well for Fox.
Nova won 10-17s, Fox won 18-54s, 3AW won the over 55 demographics.
Triple M had the biggest gain and triple j had the biggest fall in the Brisbane market.
New top station 97.3FM gained 0.8 to 12.9%, while previous leader Nova 106.9 slipped 0.5 to 12.1% in a tussle for top position that has been going back and forth in Brisbane for some time.
Third placed Hit105 lost 0.6 to 11.2%, closely followed by a rising Triple M, which gained 1.3 to score 11.0% overall.
Fifth placed 4KQ lost 0.1 to 8.1%.
Hit and 973 tied for breakfast leadership, with Nova and Triple M also close behind the leaders.
973 won mornings and afternoons, Nova won drive and evenings, Triple M won weekends.
Nova won the 10-17 demographic, Hit won 18-24s with triple j close behind, Hit also won 25-39s. 973 won 40-64s and 4BC won the over 65s.
Market leader Mix102.3 lost 0.4 to 15.7% but easily held top position.
Second placed Triple M gained 0.3 to 10.9%.
ABC Adelaide moved to third position, gaining 0.3 to 10.7%, ahead of FIVEaa, which lost 0.3 and slipped to 10.5%.
Fifth placed Nova91.9 gained 0.2 to 9.8%.
Mix won breakfast ahead of ABC Adelaide and FIVEaa. Mix won the day time morning, afternoon and drive timeslots. FIVEaa won evenings and Mix won weekends.
Nova won 10-17s, Hit won 18-39s, Mix won 40-64s and ABC Adelaide won the over 65s.
Mix94.5 lost 0.1 but easily retained its top position on 15.6%.
Second placed Nova93.7 dropped 0.8 to 12.0%.
Hit 92.9 was placed third, steady on 10.7%.
Fourth placed ABC Perth gained 0.4 to 8.0%, followed by triple j, which dropped 1.9 to 8.9%.
96fm lost 1.5 share points to to 7.5% and 6PR gained 0.7 to 6.9%.
Mix won breakfast ahead of Nova. Mix won all other timeslots.
Nova won 10-17s, Hit won 18-39s, Mix won 40-64s and ABC Perth won the over 65s.