Chicago radio ratings: Lite FM celebrates another Christmas season on top

Mick Lee, Edison the Reindeer and Melissa Forman

To the surprise of absolutely no one, WLIT 93.9-FM swept the radio ratings in its 21st consecutive season as Chicago’s Christmas station.

The iHeartMedia adult contemporary powerhouse finished first overall in the Nielsen Audio survey released December 28. Lite FM tied for first place the previous month with Audacy all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM.

Lite FM, which began airing nonstop holiday music November 3, also topped the ratings in mornings with Melissa Forman, middays with Robin Rock, afternoons with Mick Lee and evenings with the syndicated Delilah Rene.

Ratings covering the period from December 9 to January 5, known as Nielsen’s “holiday book,” will be released January 25.

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from November 11 to December 8, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 11.8 (5.7)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 5.7 (5.7)
3. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 5.1 (4.7); WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 5.1 (5.0)
5. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.4 (4.4)
6. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.0 (4.8)
7. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.8 (4.1)
8. WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.7 (3.7)
9. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.6 (4.3)
10. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.5 (3.7)
11. WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.9 (2.7)
12. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.8 (2.8)
13. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip-hop, 2.7 (2.6); WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.7 (2.9)
15. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.5 (2.4)
16. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.4 (2.4)
17. WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 2.1 (1.8)
18. (tie) WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.0 (2.6); WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.0 (2.4)
20. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 1.7 (2.0)
21. (tie) WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 1.6 (2.1); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 1.6 (1.8)
23. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.6)
24. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.1 (1.9); WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.1 (1.2)
26. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.0 (0.9)
27. WLS 890-AM news talk, 0.8 (0.8)
28. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 0.7 (0.7); WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.7 (0.8)
30. (tie) WXLC 102.3-FM hot adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.7); WZSR 105.5-FM hot adult contemporary, 0.6 (1.2)

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

1. WLIT 93.9-FM Melissa Forman
2. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Morning Edition”; “BBC Newshour”
3. (tie) WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Pat Cassidy; WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey
5. WGN 720-AM Bob Sirott
6. WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado
7. WTMX 101.9-FM Nikki Chuminatto, Brian Paruch and Violeta Podrumedic
8. WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Kristie Graybill
9. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM Richard Milne; WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle

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

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

1. WLIT 93.9-FM Mick Lee
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Keith Johnson and Lisa Fielding
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM Joe Soto
4. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM “All Things Considered”; “Marketplace”; WDRV 97.1-FM Steve Seaver and Janda Lane
6. WTMX 101.9-FM Chris Petlak and Lisa Allen
7. WLS 94.7-FM Tim Virgin
8. WXRT 93.1-FM Marty Lennartz
9. (tie) WKSC 103.5-FM Brady Broski; WOJO 105.1-FM Sylvia del Valle

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

1. WLIT 93.9-FM Delilah Rene
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Bob Conway; Andy Dahn
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM Keith Sweat
4. WTMX 101.9-FM Jordan “Dash” Orman-Weiss
5. WBEZ 91.5-FM “Marketplace”; “The Daily”; “Fresh Air”; “1A”; “BBC World Service”
6. WLS 94.7-FM Kid Kelly
7. WGCI 107.5-FM Zach Boog
8. WXRT 93.1-FM Ryan Arnold
9. WDRV 97.1-FM John “Byrd” Kempf
10. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM Rob Stone and Holly Hutton; WBMX 104.3-FM

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