Melbourne radio ratings: Nova loses ground as 3AW dominates

Melbourne radio powerhouse 3AW has recorded gains across the board while FM station Nova has bled listeners in key timeslots.

Nova's Chrissie, Sam and Browny have dropped behind sister station Smooth, putting the FM breakfast shows in fifth and second place respectively.

Austereo's Fox FM, with Fifi, Dave, Fev and Byron, is Melbourne's most listened to FM breakfast show.

Nova's Melbourne brekkie team, L-R Jonathan Brown, Chrissie Swan and Sam Pang. Photo: Nova

Nova's Melbourne brekkie team, L-R Jonathan Brown, Chrissie Swan and Sam Pang. Photo: Nova

Nova's drive team Kate, Tim and Marty have also shed listeners, losing 0.5 points to sit on a 9.6 point audience share. However, the trio managed to remain among Melbourne's top three FM drive shows, behind Hamish and Andy's 10.7 audience share and Smooth FM's 10.8. 3AW dominates the timeslot with a 12.8 point audience share.

3AW breakfast duo Ross and John's audience grew by 1.1 points, leaving them with a massive 21.6 point audience share. Their nearest competitor, ABC Melbourne's Red Symons, is now sitting on 11.5 points.

Ross and John's colleagues, Neil Mitchell and Tom Elliott, also recorded a jump in listeners despite already dominating their respective timeslots.

3AW remains the most-listened to station in Melbourne, with Smooth leapfrogging ABC Radio to land second place.

Paul Jackson, Nova's group program director, said Chrissie, Sam and Brownie will no doubt be disappointed with Thursday's results.

"We think we can do better," he said. "But it's just one of those days. We'll try very hard to get a bigger number next time around."

Jackson was ecstatic, however, about Smooth FM overtaking Hamish and Andy in the drive slot.

"This is Hamish and Andy's last ever three months of broadcast radio, but they're behind an easy-listening environment," he said.

Adam Lang, chief operating officer at Macquarie Media - the company behind 3AW - said he was "incredibly happy" with the talkback station once again topping the charts.

"More than one in five Melburnians are listening every day ... but that doesn't mean we are resting on our laurels," he said. "Ross wants to know what the other four are listening to. We never take it for granted."

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