Kyle and Jackie O shock by beating Ben Fordham in radio ratings

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KIIS FM's Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson have taken away the number one spot in Australian radio from 2GB's Ben Fordham, making the AM station second in the country for the first time in almost 20 years.

With the ratings released on Tuesday, it appears KIIS enjoyed a huge surge in listeners this month, claiming a 15.5 per cent share in the overall breakfast audience in June, up 2.6 per cent from the previous month's survey. 

KIIS FM's Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson
KIIS FM's Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson have taken away the number one spot in Australian radio from 2GB's Ben Fordham. Photo: Instagram/Kyle and Jackie O Show

The result is a huge win for Kyle and Jackie O, who have been working together for the last 21 years.

While their show has often lead the FM surveys, they had never previously beaten AM stations 2GB and the ABC. 2GB has held the title of Sydney's top-rating breakfast show for more than 15 years until now.

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Ben dropped 0.2 points to 13.3 per cent audience share, while the ABC's Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer dropped 1.2 points to 11.9.

"I’m thrilled at having our biggest result ever in the 21-years that Jackie and I have done the show together," Kyle told news.com.au

"A special shout-out today to the radio executives that told Jackie and I in 2013 that our show had peaked and would no longer rate. Thank you to most of our listeners for making this the greatest show in the world."

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Ben immediately congratulated the pair on their win. Photo: Instagram/Ben Fordham
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Proving he's a gentleman, Ben also shared his congratulations on Twitter. Photo: Twitter

Ben took over Alan Jones' top-rating show on 2GB a little over a year ago with the presenter managing to take his ratings up to a high of 18.1 soon after. 

Taking to Twitter, Ben wrote: "Congrats @kyleandjackieo on the win in the radio ratings. You’ve worked hard over decades and deserve the victory. CONGRATULATIONS."

In a statement to news.com.au, he added, "When the results came through, I contacted them straight away to say well done. They’ve worked hard over decades and deserve the win. We have no right to expect the number one spot."

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