3AW on top but 774 gains ground

Melbourne talk radio giant 3AW has landed another emphatic victory in the latest radio ratings survey.

The station, owned by Fairfax Media, which also owns The Age, scored a 15.9 per cent market share overall, which was down slightly from last month's 16.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, rival 774 ABC Melbourne was able to gain some of the ground it lost in the last survey, inching up to 11.4 per cent from 10.8 per cent.

The giant-killing breakfast team at 3AW, Ross Stevenson and John Burns, came down slightly from the extraordinary heights of its last result when the duo enjoyed a colossal 21.6 per cent market share, to come in at 20.5 per cent.

Their closest competition was Red Symons on ABC 774, who was able to make some gain on his market share, moving from 13 per cent to 14.6 per cent.

It has been a strong year for veteran broadcaster Neil Mitchell and he was able to remain steady again in the battle for the mornings slot against his chief adversary at the ABC, Jon Faine. Mitchell earned an 18.6 per cent share. For his part, Faine was up slightly - from 13.1 per cent to 13.3 per cent.

3AW was also strong in the afternoon, winning the 12-4pm slot with a 12.8 per cent market share, up from 11.9 per cent. However the highly competitive drive slot was a slight blemish for AW. The AM station had a 13.6 per cent share, which was actually up from last month's 12.8 per cent. But Fox FM's 14.2 per cent saw the combination of The Fifi and Jules Show (Monday to Thursday) and Hamish & Andy (Fridays) prove too big of a lure for listeners. The next best in the slot was 774's Rafael Epstein who had a 9 per cent share.

On the FM dial, pop station Nova 100 had a mixed survey, with an average market share of 7 per cent that was down from last month's 7.9 per cent. Hughesy and Kate's breakfast show was also down moving to 7.2 per cent from 7.7 per cent.

At Triple M, ratings were steady again at Eddie McGuire's Hot Breakfast. It sits at 6.8 per cent for the third consecutive survey. The station's overall share was in the red slightly, however, going from 6.5 per cent to 6.3 per cent.

Gold 104.3's Brig and Lehmo show gained marginally, for a share of 6.2 per cent (up from 6.1 per cent). The station was a solid 7.9 per cent overall - the same figure it achieved last month.

At sister station Mix 101.1, Chrissie Swan and Jane Hall's breakfast show was also able to get a minor bump in ratings going from 5.6 per cent to 5.7 per cent.

Elsewhere, national youth broadcaster Triple J lost a tiny bit of ground, its share dropping from 5.1 per cent to 4.9 per cent. The station's drive and evening shows were bright spots, both increasing their audiences.

At SEN, the end of the football season does not bode well, with the audience share shifting from 4.5 per cent to 4.2 per cent.

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