3AW still on top despite ratings slump
Despite a ratings slump across all programs, Melbourne talk station 3AW has clung to the top spot for the first radio survey of 2013.
Breakfast team Ross Stevenson and John Burns suffered a loss of 1.2 percentage points, while Neil Mitchell's ratings dropped from 17 to 15.2 per cent according to the latest Nielsen survey.
But the station's main rival in the morning line-up, ABC774, still failed to edge out the competition despite making solid audience gains.
Red Symons' breakfast show enjoyed a ratings jump from 14.5 to 15.5 per cent, with the lift continuing into Jon Faine's morning slot.
Combined with 3AW's drop in overall share of Melbourne listeners, ABC774's boost delivered it a 12.3 per cent slice of the ratings and narrowed the margins at the top of the rankings.
Across the music stations, Fox FM stayed on top with 9.3 per cent of the Melbourne audience.
In the competitive breakfast timeslot, Fox withstood a slight slump to beat out the steady Nova 100 share.
But with Nova making audience gains across all other timeslots, the challenge to Fox's dominance is gaining traction.
Weekend programming also proved a key battleground, as Nova's audience grew a healthy 1.2 percentage points to 8.3 - just shy of Fox's 8.4 per cent.