Chicago radio ratings: The Mix moves up to the top


With strong first-place performances by Eric Ferguson in mornings and Kevin “Koz” Koske in afternoons, WTMX 101.9-FM jumped to No. 1 in the latest Chicago radio ratings.

The Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary station gained a half-point in audience share to capture the top spot from Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM, which fell to fourth place in the Nielsen Audio monthly survey released Monday.

Second overall was iHeartMedia urban adult-contemporary WVAZ 102.7-FM, which led in evenings with Chris Michaels. Third was Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV 97.1-FM, which led in middays with Bob Stroud.

Cubs baseball broadcasts on WSCR 670-AM apparently boosted the Entercom sports/talk station from 16th place to eighth, while White Sox baseball on WGN 720-AM did little to help the Tribune news/talk station, which fell from 11th to 14th. Despite WGN's top 10 finishes in mornings with Steve Cochran and in middays with Bill Leff, Wendy Snyder and John Williams, afternoons with Roe Conn and Anna Davlantes dropped to 19th place.

Note: In accordance with Nielsen’s publishing guidelines, I cannot report actual audience shares other than those for the full week (below). For mornings, middays, afternoons and evenings, I can list only their rankings — not specific shares.

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from March 28 to April 24, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.9 (5.4)
2. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.6 (5.3)
3. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.4 (5.3)
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 5.3 (5.8)
5. (tie) WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 3.9 (3.9); WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.9 (4.5); WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.9 (4.2)
8. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 3.7 (2.8)
9. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.3 (3.1); WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.3 (3.6); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 3.3 (3.2)
12. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.2 (2.9)
13. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 3.1 (3.0)
14. WGN 720-AM news talk, 2.9 (3.1)
15. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.8 (3.4); WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.8 (2.9); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.8 (2.6)
18. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.7 (2.6)
19. WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.5 (2.6)
20. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.2 (2.2)
21. (tie) WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.8 (1.7); WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.9); WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.8 (2.1)
24. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.7 (1.6)
25. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.2 (1.2); WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.2 (1.3); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.1); WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.2 (1.2)
29. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.1 (0.9)
30. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 1.0 (0.9)

Here are Chicago radio’s top 10 morning shows from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen Audio:

1. WTMX 101.9-FM Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy
3. WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle
4. WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
5. (tie) WSCR 670-AM Mike Mulligan and David Haugh; WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
7. WGN 720-AM Steve Cochran
8. WLS 94.7-FM Dave Fogel and Kim Berk
9. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition” and “Morning Shift” with Jennifer White
10. WLIT 93.9-FM Melissa Forman

Here are Chicago radio’s top 10 midday shows from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen Audio:

1. WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud
2. WTMX 101.9-FM Lisa Allen
3. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto and Kris Kridel
4. WVAZ 102.7-FM Bioncé Foxx
5. WLS 94.7-FM Greg Brown
6. WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock
7. WSHE 100.3-FM Lisa Kosty
8. WXRT 93.1-FM Terri Hemmert; Marty Lennartz
9. WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista
10. WGN 720-AM Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder; John Williams

Here are Chicago radio’s top 10 afternoon shows from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen Audio:

1. WTMX 101.9-FM Kevin “Koz” Koske and Jennifer Roberts
2. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane; WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding
5. WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Sylvia del Valle, Jose Gutierrez and Carlos Ivan Paez
7. WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski
8. WBMX 104.3-FM Sean “Sonic” Leckie
9. (tie) WSCR 670-AM Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins; Cubs baseball; WLS 94.7-FM Ron Parker

Here are Chicago radio’s top 10 evening shows from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen Audio:

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM Chris Michaels
2. WSCR 670-AM Joe Ostrowski; Julie DiCaro; Cubs baseball
3. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Mariam Sobh; Bob Conway
4. WTMX 101.9-FM Nikki Imbracsio
5. WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
6. WGCI 107.5-FM DJ MoonDawg (Michael Muniz)
7. WBMX 104.3-FM Julian Jumpin’ Perez
8. WKSC 103.5-FM Erik Zachary
9. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Julia Lepidi; WDRV 97.1-FM Phil Manicki

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