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Ben Fordham’s 2GB Breakfast Show Still Ratings King After Alan Jones Departure

Nine’s gamble on Ben Fordham has certainly paid off as the 2GB breakfast show came out on top in the first ratings release since Alan Jones left his longstanding hosting gig.

Fordham’s show led the ratings with an impressive 17.3 per cent share – only a miniscule change from its 17.9 share when Alan Jones was still in the hotseat.

2GB’s chart-topping ratings comes as a small surprise after Jones’ shock replacement was revealed to be the much younger journalist and TV host Fordham.

Executives feared Jones’ loyal stable of listeners would drop off after his retirement – but loyal they remained.

Today’s ratings had also been on hold for months due to the coronavirus, making the figures more volatile.

Fellow 2GB shock jock Ray Hadley’s share of the market also came in at a staggering 16.8 per cent, while newcomers Deb Knight and Jim Wilson saw slight dips.

Hadley said on air this morning: “It is the first radio ratings that haven’t included Alan Jones who has dominated breakfast radio ratings in Sydney for 30 years, having retired from radio.”

“The expectation was it would impact on the entire radio scene. 2GB has been the number one station for over 16 years has recorded an unprecedented 127 survey victories up until today.

Alan Jones turned the fortunes of this network around 18 years ago and today it is up to those here now to uphold the standards. On that basis, I am absolutely delighted to say that the figures are quite remarkable.”

Behind Fordham in the breakfast slot came ABC Sydney’s Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, with a market share rise of 12.5 percent, while Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS followed closely behind.

WSFM’s Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller stood at an 8.6 per cent share, down 0.5 per cent, while smoothFM scored 7.2 per cent and Nova 96.9s Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli sat at 6.4 per cent.

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