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Radio ratings: The Kyle and Jackie O Show edges closer to 2GB's Ben Fordham


Sydney’s fiercest radio rivalry heats up as The Kyle and Jackie O Show edges closer to 2GB’s Ben Fordham

The rivalry between Sydney’s top breakfast radio shows has reached fever pitch.

The third ratings survey of the year, released on Tuesday, reveals 2GB’s Ben Fordham is still No. 1 across both AM and FM bandwidths, even after shedding listeners.

Meanwhile, FM leaders The Kyle and Jackie O Show has grown its already strong audience to finish a close second to talkback king Fordham.

Getting interesting: The third ratings survey of the year reveals 2GB's Ben Fordham is still No. 1 across both AM and FM bandwidths - but Kyle and Jackie O (pictured) aren't far behind

Getting interesting: The third ratings survey of the year reveals 2GB’s Ben Fordham is still No. 1 across both AM and FM bandwidths – but Kyle and Jackie O (pictured) aren’t far behind 

Fordham recorded a 15.7 per cent audience share, a decent number despite dropping 3.2 percentage points since the last survey.

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, who host the KIIS 106.5 breakfast show, gained 1.1 percentage points to finish at 12.4 per cent.

Fordham blamed the federal election for the decline in listenership, saying it was a turn-off for listeners who had grown tired of the news cycle.

Losing ground: Fordham (pictured in June 2020) recorded a 15.7 per cent audience share, a decent number despite dropping 3.2 percentage points since the last survey

Losing ground: Fordham (pictured in June 2020) recorded a 15.7 per cent audience share, a decent number despite dropping 3.2 percentage points since the last survey

‘It was like watching two seagulls fighting over a hot chip,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.

2GB’s Ray Hadley performed well in his 9am slot with an increase of 0.7 percentage points to finish the survey ahead of his rivals at 16.5 per cent.

ABC host James Valentine placed third at breakfast with 10.6 per cent.

Number three: ABC host James Valentine placed third at breakfast with 10.6 per cent

Number three: ABC host James Valentine placed third at breakfast with 10.6 per cent

WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda placed fourth with an 8.8 per cent audience share, dropping 0.4 percentage points since the last survey.

2GB was the No. 1 station in Sydney with 13 per cent of the market, with KIIS 106.5 in second place on the FM bandwidth at 9.2 per cent.

SmoothFM placed third with 8.8 per cent and WSFM came in fourth at 8.6 per cent.

Slight decline: WSFM's Jonesy and Amanda placed fourth with an 8.8 per cent audience share, dropping 0.4 percentage points since the last survey

Slight decline: WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda placed fourth with an 8.8 per cent audience share, dropping 0.4 percentage points since the last survey

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