In a week in which the Australian radio industry is under extreme scrutiny, the final ratings survey results have provided reprieve for scandal-ridden host Alan Jones, but delivered more bad news for 2Day FM with Kyle and Jackie O suffering a surprise slump in numbers before their Christmas break.
The controversial pair dropped 1.8 percentage points to a 10.3 per cent audience share, while Austereo's other breakfast show, Triple M's Grill Team, recorded the biggest gain, jumping by 1.3 points.
On the AM spectrum, Alan Jones continues to dominate the breakfast time slot for 2GB despite his "died of shame" comments regarding the Prime Minister's father that were made in a speech occurring during this ratings survey period which runs from September 16 to December 1.
While the Macquarie Radio Network, which owns 2GB, reported advertising losses of up to $1.5 million following the scandal that ensued, listeners responded by tuning in to Jones in greater numbers.
Jones' breakfast show recorded an increase in audience of 0.9 per cent to ensure he maintained the number one slot he has held all year with 18.2 per cent of the audience.
Amanda and Jonesy on WSFM also regained some of the ground lost in the last survey period, the rise of 0.8 points cementing a good year for the pair and ensuring they go into Christmas as the number two breakfast team with a 7.2 per cent share ahead of Fitzy and Wippa on Nova96.9 with whom they tied last survey.
ARN who own the WSFM network declared the survey to be a "solid result", though National Content Director Duncan Campbell expressed disappointment with the Mix106.5 FM performance across the year. The now defunct breakfast team of Tim "Rosso" Ross and Claire Hooper went out on a low, with a drop in audience share from 3.9% to 3.5%.
The network hopes to turn this around next year with the all-female breakfast team of Yumi Stynes and Sami Lukis. Rosso moves to the drive slot, a segment in which ABC702 (11.6%), 2GB (11.4%) and 2DayFM (10.4%) are in close competition. ARN will also launch the digital radio platform iHeartRadio in Australia next year.
In the suddenly topical evenings timeslot, 2Day FM's now abandoned Hot 30 recorded the second highest numbers on the FM spectrum with 7.9 per cent, behind the dominant Nova 969 on 10.3 where the Nights program recorded a 0.7 point increase. The big winner in the evenings slot was Fairfax Media station 2UE which saw a 2.7 point jump to a 7.6 per cent audience share.
On Nova's performance, DMG Radio Australia's group program director, Paul Jackson, said: “With Fitzy and Wippa steady in Breakfast and Drive and Nights continuing their growth our strategy and focus remains consistent. Year on year we couldn't be happier. I'm confident we'll see Nova 96.9's upward trend continue in 2013."