Chicago radio ratings: WBBM Newsradio, V103 tie for first place

WBBM Newsradio; V103

WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM, the Audacy all-news combo, and WVAZ 102.7-FM, the iHeartMedia R&B station, tied for first place in Chicago radio ratings released Tuesday.

WLIT 93.9-FM, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary station that rose to record-high ratings for its nonstop Christmas music in December, fell back to fifth place in the latest Nielsen Audio survey, which ran from January 6 to February 2.

Cisco Cotto

In his opening month after succeeding Pat Cassidy as morning news anchor on WBBM Newsradio, Cisco Cotto debuted at No. 1 in morning drive.

Among the month's most notable gains were those posted by Nexstar Media news/talk WGN 720-AM, which ranked fourth overall and moved up to second in mornings with Bob Sirott and first in middays with John Williams. Lisa Dent premiered as afternoon host in seventh place.

Chicago Public Media news/talk WBEZ 91.5-FM (the new nonprofit owner of the Sun-Times), moved up to third overall and topped afternoons. WBBM Newsradio with anchors Bob Conway and Andy Dahn led in evenings.

Other hefty upticks were seen at WTMX 101.9-FM, the Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary station, and WUSN 99.5-FM, the Audacy country station.

Univision Spanish-language regional Mexican WOJO 105.1-FM was No. 1 among listeners between 25 and 54. WOJO also finished first in the key adult demographic in mornings with Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado, and middays with Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista.

Hispanic listeners comprise 21.5 percent of the Chicago radio market and Black listeners comprise 16.6 percent of the market, according to Nielsen.

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from January 6 to February 2, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 5.7 (5.6); WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 5.7 (5.9)
3. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 5.4 (4.8)
4. WGN 720-AM news talk, 5.2 (3.5)
5. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.1 (14.4)
6. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.8 (4.8)
7. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.5 (3.7)
8. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 3.4 (2.9)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.2 (2.8)
10. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 3.1 (2.0)
11. (tie) WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.9 (2.5); WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 2.9 (3.1)
13. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.8 (2.9)
14. WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.6 (2.5)
15. WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 2.5 (2.3)
16. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.4 (2.3); WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip-hop, 2.4 (2.3)
18. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.2 (1.8)
19. WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.1 (2.5)
20. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.0 (1.5)
21. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.8 (1.7); WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 1.8 (1.8)
23. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 1.6 (1.7)
24. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 1.3 (0.8); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.3 (1.1)
26. WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.1 (1.1)
27. WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.0 (0.9)
28. (tie) WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 0.9 (0.9); WXLC 102.3-FM hot adult contemporary, 0.9 (0.6)
30. (tie) WDCB 90.9-FM public radio jazz, 0.8 (0.5); WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 0.8 (0.5)

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

1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Cisco Cotto
2. WGN 720-AM Bob Sirott
3. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition”; “BBC Newshour”
4. WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
5. (tie) WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado; WTMX 101.9-FM Chris Petlak, Nikki Chuminatto, Brian Paruch and Violeta Podrumedic
7. WLIT 93.9-FM Melissa Forman
8. WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle
9. WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Kristie Graybill
10. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM Melissa McGurren and Austin Huff; WSHE 100.3-FM, Brooke Fox and Jeffrey Dubow.

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

1. WGN 720-AM John Williams
2. WDRV 97.1-FM Bob Stroud
3. WLIT 93.9-FM Robin Rock
4. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Rob Hart; WVAZ 102.7-FM Bioncé Foxx
6. WBEZ 91.5-FM “1A”; “Reset”; “Fresh Air”
7. WOJO 105.1-FM Rafael “El Primo Rafa” Bautista
8. WRME 87.7-FM
9. WXRT 93.1-FM Lin Brehmer
10. WLS 94.7-FM Erin Carman

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

1. WBEZ 91.5-FM “All Things Considered”; “Marketplace”
2. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding; WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
4. WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
5. WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane
6. WTMX 101.9-FM Lisa Allen
7. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM Scotty Kay; WGN 720-AM Lisa Dent; WOJO 105.1-FM Sylvia del Valle
10. WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski

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

1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Bob Conway; Andy Dahn
2. WVAZ 102.7-FM Keith Sweat
3. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Marketplace”; “The Daily”; “Fresh Air”; “1A”; “BBC World Service”
4. WFMT 98.7-FM Kerry Frumkin
5. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM Ryan Arnold; WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
7. WUSN 99.5-FM Rob Stone and Holly Hutton
8. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM; WDRV 97.1-FM John “Byrd” Kempf; WKSC 103.5-FM Jordan “JRDN” Foster

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