Hamish and Andy go out with a bang in radio ratings

Hamish and Andy have signed off on a high, winning their last ever radio survey in Melbourne's hotly-contested drive timeslot.

The boys finished the year with an audience share of 11 points, narrowly pipping 3AW host Tom Elliott's 10.7.

Nova's Kate, Tim and Marty are well placed to be crowned the kings of FM drive next year with Hamish and Andy hanging up the headphones. The trio wrapped up 2017 hot on the boys' heels on 10.5 points.

In third place for drive were KIIS FM's Hughsey and Kate, who are swapping networks next year to replace Hamish and Andy with an extended national drive show on Fox FM. The program will also be hosted by The Project's Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little.

In the coveted FM breakfast slot, Gold's Jo and Lehmo slipped from first to third place behind Triple M and Nova's Chrissie, Sam and Brownie. The pair's show was formally axed last month despite recently recording the station's best ever breakfast results in a decade.

Triple M executives will be patting themselves on the back, as this survey was the first to feature comedian Wil Anderson on Eddy McGuire's breakfast show. Hot Breakfast is traditionally one of the most listened to FM shows in Melbourne, but hasn't finished first or second in the past few surveys despite dominating earlier in the year.

3AW's Ross and John won breakfast overall, with a mammoth 20.1 audience share. ABC Radio Melbourne clawed a small gain in listeners, but a question mark hangs over next year's results when Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons take over from popular but controversial presenter Red Symons.

Fellow ABC presenter Jon Faine also narrowed the gap between himself and Neil Mitchell, however the 3AW mornings presenter retains a considerable five-point lead.

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