Day five of Nine’s Olympics coverage beats Athens

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Day five of Nine’s heavily criticised Olympics coverage saw the network rate with 1.69m – an improvement over the same stage of the comparably timed 2004 Athens Games, which took 1.647m.

The evening coverage, from 8.30pm to 11pm claimed 1.705m, while the early evening slot from 6.50pm to 8.30pm rated with 1.672m, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The Olympics won in every key advertising demographic, with Ten’s MasterChef All Stars following it in the 18-49 and 16-39 demos.

The Olympics coverage was down slightly on Tuesday’s double win, which was 1.79m for Early Evening and 1.539m for Evening.

Gruen Sweat, the Olympic edition of Gruen Transfer, rose in the rankings – despite taking a ratings hit because of the Olympics.

Last week’s episode of the ABC1 ad show took 931,000, placing it 11th for the night and third in its time slot. This week, the show took 793,000, but placed 9th for the night. The show was second in its time slot behind Nine’s Olympics coverage.

Andrew Denton’s Randling, which followed Gruen, took 389,000 and placed 24th.

Seven News was the network’s highest rating show in fourth spot with 1.161m.

The most watched show on SBS was The Last Explorers, which claimed an audience of 242,000.

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