With today’s radio survey results out in the wild, the results aren’t particularly noteworthy across the board, providing little excitement aside from WSFM regaining its spot as the #1 station in Sydney, bumping smoothfm off the back off strong results from its brekky team Jonesy and Amanda, who have jumped from a listener share of 7.8% to 8.9%.
One highly scrutinised breakfast team who aren’t faring quite so well are triple j’s Ben & Liam who, despite some gains across the board, are still struggling to match the market share held by former hosts Matt & Alex before their departure earlier this year, The Music reports.
In Sydney, Ben & Liam hold a 5.9% share, a drop on Matt & Alex’s 6.6% at the same time last year, but on the positive side they’ve gained 0.8% since last month’s survey, which saw triple j score surprisingly good ratings nationally across the board.
Brisbane is also a strong market for Ben & Liam, who managed a 7.9% share, but they didn’t quite manage to meet the 8.5% seen by Matt & Alex. Similarly, Perth saw a slight 0.2% bump to 9.5% (vs. Matt & Alex’s 10.3% last year), while their hometown of Adelaide actually saw them beat Matt & Alex’s 2016 numbers with a 5.3% share nudging out Matt & Alex’s 4.6%.
Melbourne has seen the boys take a hit, however, as they’ve dropped a hefty 1.1% points to land on a share of 3.7%, falling behind Matt & Alex’s 4.4% and continuing to be triple j’s toughest breakfast market by far.
Ben & Liam did see a good spike in support from Melbournians earlier this year when their beef with rock and sports station Triple M gave us this hilarious chunk of audio from the pair – and we’d definitely love to see more of this sort of thing.
Matt & Alex also had plenty of time to settle into the role and gain their following, so hopefully Ben & Liam will continue to find their feet – check out the full radio ratings below.