Nine steadies, Foxtel takes Olympics gold

By By Wenlei Ma | 7 August 2012
London's Tower Bridge.

The Olympics Games handed the top spot to Nine last night, while Foxtel continued to enjoy its record-breaking dream run.

Nine's early evening segment of its Olympics coverage was the most-watched program last night with 1.69 million metro viewers tuned in, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The evening portion attracted 1.59 million people.

891,000 viewers watched the late segment of the Olympics while 230,000 dedicated fans tuned in to the overnight live coverage.

On Foxtel, 524,000 people watched the Games in prime time. The pay TV network has been the beneficiary of record-breaking audience numbers throughout the Games across its eight dedicated channels. On Saturday, it had an average of 619,000 viewers.

Elsewhere, MasterChef All Stars drew in 753,000 viewers on Ten while Seven's Once Upon A Time garnered 742,000 viewers.

Other programs in the top 20 were Nine News, Seven News, Today Tonight (Seven), A Current Affair (Nine), ABC News, Home and Away (Seven), Ten News, Australian Story (ABC), Body of Proof (Seven), Deal or No Deal (Seven), Four Corners (ABC), 7.30 (ABC), Media Watch (ABC) and The Project (Ten).

Across the main channels, Nine won the night with 37.6% of audience share, followed by Seven with 17.2%, the ABC with 12.5%, Ten with 11.6% and SBS with 2.8%.

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