Seven’s Olympics coverage dominates as Usain Bolt helps Seven break streaming record

Seven’s Rio Olympics coverage has continued to dominate viewing habits, with the network’s 7:00pm wrap In Rio Today the most-watched non-news show with a metro audience of 1.051m.

The day coverage, which kicked off at 9:00am, saw an average of 588,000 tune in for the men and women’s athletics finals as well as the men’s pole vault finals with beach volleyball also taking place. Usain Bolt’s win in the 100m men’s final helped Seven break its streaming record, with a peak streaming audience of 369,000 tuning in for the race at 11:30am.

Seven’s evening coverage of the Games pulled in 790,000 from 9:00pm.

The network easily won with an audience share of 25.3% as Nine and the ABC tied with a share of 14.9% and Ten managed a share of 12.7%.

On Nine, A Current Affair at 7:00pm was watched by 895,000 while Ten’s The Project at 7:00pm had an audience of 604,000.

Also on Ten, Have You Been Paying Attention? pulled in a metro audience of 733,000 at 8:30pm.

In the news battleground, Seven News at 6:00pm grabbed 1.307m metro viewers, dropping to 961,000 from 6:30pm when it was aired only in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Nine News at 6:00pm was watched by 1.043m, slipping to 1.006m from 6:30pm.

On the ABC, 7.30 had an audience of 731,000, Australian Story (8pm) pulled in 757,000, Four Corners (8.30pm) grabbed 706,000, Media Watch (9.20pm) was watched by 631,000 and Q&A (9.30pm) had an audience of 631,000.


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