Olympics ratings diminish

By By Wenlei Ma | 3 August 2012

Just under one and half million people watched Nine's coverage of the Olympic Games last night as interest in the sporting event started to wane.

The evening segment of the 2012 London Olympics attracted 1.46 million metro viewers last night, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The early evening portion garnered 1.43 million viewers on Nine while 558,000 people watched the Games in the evening on Foxtel.

The audience figures for the Olympics on Nine have been steadily decreasing since the beginning of the week. It hit a high of 2.14 million on Sunday night but has declined each day since then. Nine said prior to the start of its broadcast it predicted an average of 1.85 million people for its prime time coverage.

Seven's US drama Criminal Minds commanded 832,000 people while Grey's Anatomy was watched by 481,000 people.

On Ten, MasterChef All Stars commanded 772,000 viewers while a repeat of Modern Family had 553,000 people tuned in.

Other programs in the top 20 were Nine News, Seven News, Today Tonight (Seven), A Current Affair (Nine), Home and Away (Seven), ABC News, Ten News, The Project (Ten), Deal or No Deal (Seven), 7.30 (ABC), and Better Homes and Gardens (Seven).

Across the main channels, Nine won the night with 34.3% of audience share, followed by Seven with 20.1%. Ten with 10.6%, the ABC with 7.7% and SBS with 3.9%.

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