Hughesy and Kate prove KIIS FM’s loss is 2DayFM’s gain

Even with another disappointing showing in the year’s final Sydney radio survey, the beleaguered bosses over at 2DayFM will be rubbing their hands with glee over 2018’s potential.

The station, which has sputtered through 2017, has a welcome head start heading into the new year thanks to incoming drive hosts Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek.

Hughesy and Kate, in their last showing for KIIS FM, topped the drive ratings for the second consecutive survey, building 0.2 points to expand their audience share to 10.8 per cent.

The pair were spectacularly poached by 2DayFM’s Southern Cross Austereo in October after KIIS’s Australian Radio Network stuttered on their contract renewals, and are set to debut on the station in a new national show in January.

The duo will be taking over from the retiring Hamish and Andy, while little-known Perth personalities Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will host KIIS’s new national drive show.

The other drive results remained steady, with Nova 96.9’s Kate, Tim and Marty in second place with a 10.3 per cent audience share (up 0.4) and 2GB’s Ben Fordham at 9.4 per cent (down 0.3 per cent).

The breakfast results remain, as always, with 2GB’s Alan Jones.

The veteran broadcaster ended another year on top with a 13.3 per cent audience share (down 0.5), ahead of KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O, who’ve mounted a challenge heading into 2018 with a 1.0 point jump to a 12.1 per cent audience share.

WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda’s solid year sees them close out with a 10 per cent audience share (down 0.7 per cent), while Jones’ 2GB officemate Ray Hadley rules the later morning slot with a 14.9 per cent share.

Another dismal showing for Em Rusciano’s ballyhooed breakfast show underscores 2DayFM’s troubled year, dropping 0.1 points to a 2.8 per cent audience share, its lowest in the slot since Maz Compton and Dan Debuf bottomed at 2.4 in January 2015.

The show will relaunch with new co-hosts Ed Kavalee (Have You Been Paying Attention?) and Grant Denyer (Family Feud) in January.

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