The latest Rajar results are now available and, as usual, here are charts showing how each of the main commercial stations have peformed on an hourly basis.
I've often issued the caveat about never taking a single Rajar book in isolation but look instead at overall long-term trends, and the past few quarters have provided a good example of this as stations rise and fall. In Q2/2010 Kiss performed well but slipped back again in Q3. Now it's made a comeback. LBC lost its traditional dominance of overnight hours last time but, certainly during the week, it's back to business as usual. One swallow does not make a summer and neither does a poor Rajar book indicate a station may be on the rocks.
Meanwhile Magic 105.4 continues to be London's top commercial station, although BBC Radio 4 is still London's top station.
Adam Bowie has made some informed comments about the London market in Q4; especially how almost every major station has experienced a significant decrease in hours. There's also some equally well-informed commentary from Matt Deegan and James Cridland
Over the next week or so I'll be taking a closer look at how some other markets and stations have done.
Note: Figures used for Absolute are 'Total Absolute Radio (London)