March 2018 NielsenAudio PPMs

Nielsen on Thursday 4/19/18  released the final batch of March 2018 PPM Data for the following markets:

 33  Austin


 38  Raliegh / Durham NC


 39  Indianapolis


 41  Milwaukee / Racine WI

 43  Nashville


 44  Providence / Warwick  / Pawtucket

 45  Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Newport News


 46  Jacksonville FL


 47  Greensboro / Winston-Salem / High Point NC


 48  West Palm Beach / Boca Raton FL


 51  Memphis


 52  Hartford / New Britain / Middletown CT


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1 New York City

INSIGHT: WLTW had quite the 25-54 book. The station was #1 for the twelfth time in a row and came dangerously close to hitting double digits. WCBS-F moved up to #2 with its best showing in over a year yet trailed the leader by more than three shares. WHTZ slipped back to #3 as it suffered a small loss while WBLS moved up to #4 with its best score since DECEMBER. EMMIS Top 40/R WQHT (HOT) inched up to #5 with a small increase. This pushed WSKQ back to #6 where it was tied with a flat iHEARTMEDIA Urban WWPR (POWER). (H/T: The Research Director, All Access)


2 Los Angeles

INSIGHT: They were sharing a moment at the iHEARTMEDIA cluster as KBIG and KOST were tied at #1 25-54. The former was there last month and posted its lowest share in over a year. The latter moved up from #3 with its best share in over a year that was not fueled by Yule logs. KRTH slipped to #3 while KIIS remained in place at #4. Both stations had small decreases. SBS Regional Mexican KLAX (LA RAZA) was also off slightly as it held steady at #5. UNIVISION Spanish Contemporary KLVE (K-LOVE) held its #6 position with a small loss and was joined by ENTERCOM Adult Hits KCBS-F (JACK), which moved up despite being down. (H/T: The Research Director, All Access)


3 Chicago

INSIGHT:  The end of “The Loop” sent droves of classic rock fans in Chicago to “The Drive.” The demise of the once legendary station, after more than four decades of rocking Chicagoland, paid off for Hubbard’s WDRV (97.1), which lunged 3.3-4.2 into fifth place in Nielsen’s March survey, up from an eighth place tie in February.

With the classic rock format all to itself – for now, at least – WDRV jumped to third place in men 25-54, second only to Univision regional Mexican “Que Buena 105.1” WOJO and Entercom classic hip-hop “104.3 Jams” WBMX, which scored its second highest share of men 25-54 (6.2) since launching in November 2017, to top the upper demo male ranker.

After Educational Media Foundation took over WLUP-FM from Cumulus Media on March 10, the 97.9 frequency dropped from a 3.2 share (6+) in February (The Loop’s final monthly) to a 1.3 in March as contemporary Christian “K-Love” WCKL-FM.

Entercom’s WXRT (93.1) also appears to have gained from the demise of “The Loop.” The long running adult alternative rose 3.1-3.5 to pull into a three-way 6+ tie for eighth place. (H/T: InsideRadio) .

Here are Chicago radio’s top 10 morning shows from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, as measured by Nielsen Audio in March, followed by host and average share of listeners age 6 and older (with February share in parentheses):

1. WTMX 101.9 FM Eric Ferguson 7.3 (7.7)
2. WBBM 780 AM/WCFS 105.9 FM Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy 7.1 (7.2)
3. WVAZ 102.7 FM Steve Harvey 5.2 (5.6)
4. WOJO 105.1 FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado 4.7 (4.4)
5. WDRV 97.1 FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle 4.0 (4.0)
6. WSCR 670 AM Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley 3.8 (3.9)
7. WLEY 107.9 FM Alberto Terry “El Terrible” Cortez 3.7 (3.5)
8. WXRT 93.1 FM Lin Brehmer 3.5 (3.2)
9. WBMX 104.3 FM Ed Lover (as of April 12) 3.3 (3.0)
10. WKSC 103.5 FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor 3.2 (3.0)

(H/T: Robert Feder)

4 San Francisco

INSIGHT: The 25-54 demo was not quite as compressed though KQED continued to dominate. The station was down a bit as it repeated at #1 but led #2 KLLC by two shares as ALICE was off slightly. KMVQ was again the #3 station and had its best outing in exactly a year. KMEL and iHEARTMEDIA Top 40/M KYLD (WILD) both moved up and into a tie at #4. KMEL was up slightly while WILD had its best book since OCTOBER. KISQ slipped to #6 with a flat performance while KIOI dropped to a tie at #7 with its lowest total in over a year. (H/G: The Research Director, All Access)


5 Dallas-Ft. Worth

INSIGHT: KHKS got back all of what it lost last month – plus a little more – to extend its 25-54 lead over #2 KJKK, which had a slight increase. The stations were about a share apart. KLNO moved up to #3 with a small increase while two stations moved up and met at #4. KZPS took a one-step leap with a slight increase while KSCS advanced three squares with its highest share since SEPTEMBER. iHEARTMEDIA Active Rock KEGL (THE EAGLE) was up to #6 with a small increase. KLUV dropped four slots to a tie at #7 as it returned all of last month’s increase. KDMX fell to #9 with its lowest mark since OCTOBER. (H/T: The Research Director, All Access)

6  Houston-Galveston, TX

7 Washington DC


8  Atlanta, GA


9  Philadelphia, PA


10 Boston, MA

11 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL

12 Detroit, MI

13 Seattle-Tacoma, WA

14 Phoenix, AZ

15  Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN


17  San Diego, CA

18 Denver-Boulder, CO



19  Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL


20  Nassau-Long Island, NY


21  Baltimore, MD

22 Portland, OR


23  St. Louis, MO


24 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC

25  Riverside-San Bernardino, CA


26  San Antonio

27  Sacramento


28  Pittsburgh

29 Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, UT


30 Las Vegas

31 Orlando

32 Cincinnati

33 Austin

34 Cleveland

35  Kansas City MO

36  Columbus OH

37  San Jose, CA


38  Raleigh-Durham, NC

39  Indianapolis

41 Milwaukee-Racine, WI


42  Middlesex-Somerset-Union, NJ


43 Nashville, TN

44  Providence RI

45  Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA

46  Jacksonville FL

47  Greensboro-Winston-Sale-High Point NC

48  West Palm Beach-Boca Raton FL

51  Memphis, TN


52 Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT


Nielsen compiles and reports audience estimates for all radio stations in its surveyed markets, subject to its minimum reporting standards. The estimates for all reported stations are available only to Nielsen Radio Market Report subscribers.
Noncommercial radio stations that are authorized users through the Radio Research Consortium and that meet minimum reporting standards will be displayed in PPM markets. Noncommercial radio stations will not be displayed in Diary markets. Please contact the Radio Research Consortium at (301) 774-6686 or RRC@rrconline.org for information about authorized users.
The subscriber list is based on information available to and processed by Nielsen at the time of publication. A subscribing station may not appear if it recently changed its call letters or band, or if it was off the air during the recent reporting period.
© 2005-2015 Nielsen Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nielsen radio audience estimates and data are federally copyrighted by and proprietary to Nielsen Inc. All Nielsen data are protected under U.S. copyright law, state misappropriation law, and other state and federal laws. Violations of Nielsen’s rights under U.S. copyright law may result in statutory damages per act of infringement and the recovery of Nielsen’s attorneys’ fees required to enforce Neilsen’s rights, in addition to other rights and remedies under other applicable laws, such as the Lanham Act.

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