Look. How can we talk about the TV numbers – or indeed, anything today – without talking about Ariarne-bloody-superstar-Titmus?
While the afternoon session of the Olympics didn’t get the highest numbers overall, it did score over a million viewers, who tuned in to see the 20 year old Tasmanian smash the 400metre freestyle, beating American world record holder Kate Ledecky.
Properly brilliant TV, as was her coach’s celebration.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 26, 2021
The fact that the Olympics afternoon coverage managed to score 1,087,000 viewers (as per OzTAM’s metro data) on a weekday is testament to the country’s engagement in the games so far.
Whether that Olympics winning streak will continue though – for both Australia, and for Seven – demands a close watch.
The top rated Olympics coverage did fall from Sunday night by around 300,000 viewers. Last night’s top was the evening coverage wih 1,210,000 viewers, followed by night coverage with 1,146,000 viewers, then the aforemention afternoon spot.
It was also Seven News which came out on top overall with a total 1,474,000 viewers, while Nine News snuck in between the evening and night Games coverage to nab 1,156,000 viewers.
Otherwise top of the entertainment pack was The Chase with 828,000 viewers, while Australian Survivor had 627,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? had 577,000 and Beauty and the Geek had 562,000 viewers.
The rest of Seven’s Monday had, obviously, lots of Olympics coverage. The late afternoon had 768,000 viewers, late night had 590,000, morning had 584,000 and the night feed had 459,000.
On the ABC, ABC News had 771,000 viewers while 7.30 had 662,000.
For Nine, A Current Affair had 738,000 viewers and Hot Seat had 538,000.
Finally, for 10, The Project had 496,000.
Seven had slightly less of the daily share on Monday night than on Sunday, but the other networks each secured less the 20 per cent of the share.
The Seven Network had 46.3 per cent, whle the Nine Network had 19.3 per cent, Network 10 had 17.7 per cent, the ABC TV Network had a flat 12 per cent, and the SBS Network had 4,8 per cent.