Chicago radio ratings: Another big victory for V103

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WVAZ 102.7-FM, the iHeartMedia R&B station, extended its winning streak to a second month, according to Nielsen Audio figures released Monday.

V103 also finished first in mornings with the syndicated Steve Harvey, afternoons with Joe Soto, and evenings with the syndicated Keith Sweat. All that prevented another clean sweep of all four dayparts by V103 was Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM, which captured middays with Cisco Cotto.

The latest audience survey, which covered the four-week period from September 9 to October 7, was the first since Nielsen adjusted its methods in order to account for headphone listening via encoded AM, FM, and HD-multicast station streams. The company estimated the change could boost total radio shares by two to five percent.

It also marked the first full survey since iHeartMedia flipped country WEBG to rock WCHI 95.5-FM September 3. While the audience share for the new Rock 95.5 increased by 22 percent, the loss of a direct competitor had no discernible impact on Entercom country WUSN 99.5-FM, which was flat.

Notable increases also were posted at two news/talk stations: Chicago Public Media NPR station WBEZ 91.5-FM was up 18 percent from last month; and Newsweb Radio progressive talk WCPT 820-AM was up 23 percent.

WOJO 105.1-FM, the Univision Radio regional Mexican station known as Que Buena 105.1, ranked No. 1 in key adult demographics for the second straight month.

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from September 9 to October 7, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 8.4 (8.6)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 6.9 (6.4)
3. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.1 (4.5)
4. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.6 (4.2)
5. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.3 (4.7)
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 4.2 (3.8)
7. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.0 (4.4)
8. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.9 (4.7)
9. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.8 (3.2)
10. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 3.2 (2.5)
11. WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.0 (3.1)
12. WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.9 (2.8)
13. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.7 (2.2)
14. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.6 (3.1)
15. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.5 (2.6)
16. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.4 (2.8); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.4 (2.8)
18. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.3 (2.3)
19. (tie) WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 2.2 (1.8); WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.2 (2.1)
21. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.0 (2.7); WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.0 (2.5)
23. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 1.9 (2.2)
24. WCPT 820-AM progressive talk 1.6 (1.3)
25. WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.4 (1.5)
26. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 0.9 (0.9); WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 0.9 (1.2)
28. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 0.8 (0.9)
29. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 0.7 (0.7)
30. WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.6 (0.7)

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

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Pat Cassidy
3. WTMX 101.9-FM Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch
4. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition”; “BBC Newshour”; WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
7. (tie) WGN 720-AM Bob Sirott; WLEY 107.9-FM Alberto “El Terrible” Cortez
9. WLS 94.7-FM Dave Fogel and Kim Berk
10. WSCR 670-AM Mike Mulligan and David Haugh

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. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto
2. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud; WVAZ 102.7-FM Bioncé Foxx
4. WTMX 101.9-FM Nikki Chuminatto
5. WLS 94.7-FM Greg Brown
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista
7. WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock
8. WXRT 93.1-FM Lin Brehmer
9. WLS 890-AM Chris Plante; Rush Limbaugh
10. WBEZ 91.5-FM "1A"; "Reset"; "Fresh Air"; "Here and Now"

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

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding
3. WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane
4. WXRT 93.1-FM Marty Lennartz
5. WOJO 105.1-FM Sylvia del Valle
6. WTMX 101.9-FM Chris Petlak and Lisa Allen
7. WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
8. WLS 94.7-FM Erin Carman
9. WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski
10. WBEZ 91.5-FM “All Things Considered”; “Marketplace”

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 Keith Sweat
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Bob Conway; Andy Dahn
3. WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
4. WSCR 670-AM Joe Ostrowski; Cubs baseball
5. WXRT 93.1-FM Ryan Arnold
6. WLS 94.7-FM
7. WKSC 103.5-FM Jordan “JRDN” Foster
8. WOJO 105.1-FM Jesus “Chuy” Gonzalez
9. (tie) WGCI 107.5-FM Zach Boog; WRME 87.7-FM

(Copyright © 2020 The Nielsen Company.)

Monday's comment of the day: Mark Magel: Thank you, Robert. You were a dear, dear, dear friend and support for both of my parents. My mother's funeral was today, she looked absolutely beautiful. My parents were inseparable, and he expressed, in a note, that he wanted to be with her as quickly as possible. I am still in shock, and shock helps to protect us and allows us to continue. After the late night last night, the trauma of the CPR, and today's funeral, I am rather drained. But from my heart I want to sincerely thank you for making my Dad's life infinitely better, filled with shared laughter and radio camaraderie. I will try to call you soon. We just got back from Mom's burial. We have to go and plan Dad's tomorrow. This has been one hell of a week for me. I can't begin to say how dearly I loved both of my parents and was also always so proud and supportive (and even wrote some scripts!) of my Dad's radio career. I am the Tulu Baby. "Be an individual, keep thinking, watch out for the words." To all of his fans, he loved you too, each and every one of you. Robert, I can't thank you enough. I send my love and condolences to you in losing a longtime friend.