The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Games, Games, Games on Nine and Foxtel. Nothing else mattered, as usual.

Home and Away on Seven at 7pm on Seven averaged 1.343 million national viewers and 935,000 in metro areas. Winners and Losers at 8.30pm on Seven had 1.222 million national and 845,000 metro viewers. MasterChef Allstars is hanging in there for Ten with 773,000 metro and 1.045 million national viewers.

Games update: Nine’s average audience in metro markets of 1.703 million last night was the first time these Games that it has topped the average for the most comparable Games, the 2004 Athens Olympics (on Seven). Last night was the fourth highest audience since the Games started. The national audience also rose, as did audiences in regional areas. The national average last night was 2.532 million, the regional average was 828,000.

And the action happened this morning with the gold to Anna Meares and Sally Pearson. That means three of our four golds have been won by women. Female athletes will end up with another good haul of medals from the Games, and yet advertisers and TV companies actively ignore them in favour of males in cricket, rugby union, rugby league and AFL.

Tonight: More Games on Nine and Foxtel. Gruen Sweat on ABC 1. MasterChef Allstars on Ten. The Shire, if you are game, also on Ten. Criminal Minds on Seven (switched from Thursday nights, with a new Mrs Brown’s Boys appearing on Seven tomorrow night).

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):

  1. The Olympic Games (evening) (Nine) — 2.569 million.
  2. The Olympic Games (early evening) (Nine) — 2.496 million.
  3. Nine News — 1.982 million.
  4. Seven News — 1.875 million.
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) — 1.361 million.
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.343 million.
  7. Winners and Losers (Seven) — 1.222 million.
  8. Once Upon A Time (Seven) — 1.191 million.
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.188 million.
  10. ABC News — 1.142 million.

The Metro Winners:

  1. The Olympic Games (evening) (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.741 million.
  2. The Olympic Games (early evening) (Nine) (6.50pm) — 1.666 million ,
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.403 million.
  4. Seven News (6pm) — 1.295 million.
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.115 million.
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.025 million.

The Losers: No one really, except those were eager enough to watch Being Lara Bingle fade away on Ten … 387,000 metro viewers, 512,000 nationally for the last two episodes from 8-9pm.

Metro News & CA: A Current Affair was again partially pre-empted in metro and regional markets. Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven News won the rest

  1. Nine News (6pm) — 1.403 million.
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.295 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.115 million.
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.025 million.
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 814,000.
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 706,000.
  7. The Project (Ten) (6.30pm) — 599,000.
  8. 7.30 (ABC1) (7.30pm) — 562,000.
  9. Foreign Correspondent (ABC1) (8pm) — 468,000.
  10. The Project (Ten) (6pm) — 438,000.
  11. Insight (SBS ONE) (8.30pm) — 191,000.
  12. Ten News (10.30pm) –158,000.
  13. Dateline (SBS ONE, 9.30pm) — 128,000.
  14. Lateline (ABC1) (10.30pm) — 126,000.
  15. SBS News (6.30pm) — 124,000.
  16. The Business (ABC1) (11.05pm, repeat) — 81,000.
  17. SBS late News (10.30pm) — 46,000.
  18. The Drum (News 24) (6pm) — 43,000.

In the morning: Today and Mornings have been pre-empted by the Games.

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 371,000.
  2. The Morning Show (Seven) (9am) —
  3. News Breakfast (ABC1) (6am) — 51,000 + 20,000 on News 24.
  4. Breakfast (Ten) (7am) — 47,000.

*News 24 simulcast

Metro FTA: Nine (3) won with a share of 41.1%, from Seven (3) on 23.8%. Ten (3) was on 17.0%, the ABC (4) ended on 13.3% and SBS (2) finished with 4.8%. Nine leads the week with 40.8% from Seven on 23.3% and Ten with 16.8%. Main channels: Nine won with a share of 38.2%, from Seven on 18.1%, Ten was on 11.5%, ABC1 was on 9.5% and SBS ONE ended with 3.3%. Nine leads the week with 37.6% from Seven on 17.8% and Ten with 11.8%.

Metro Digital: 7TWO won narrowly with a share of 2.9%, from a clutch of channel on 2.8%. The included ONE, 7mate and Eleven. GO was on 2.5%, ABC 2 was on 2.4%, SBS ONE ended on 1.5%, ABC 3 and News 24 were on 0.7% each and Gem was on 0.4%.

Metro including pay TV: Nine (3) won with a share of 32.2%, from Seven (3) on 18.6%. Ten (3) was on 13.4%, the ABC (4) ended on 10.5% and SBS (2) finished with 3.7%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 80.7%. The five main channels share was 65.3%, the 10 digital channels share was 15.4%. Pay TV (Foxtel) had a share of 19.3% last night for its 200-plus channels. The eight Games channels are in the group, other subscription channels.

The top five pay TV channels were:

  1. Other subscription channels — 24.8%
  2. Fox 8 — 2.6%
  3. TV1 — 1.9%.
  4. LifeStyle — 1.5%.
  5. W — 1.1%.

Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 42.3%, from Prime/7Qld on 25.4%, SC Ten (3) was third with 14.7%, the ABC (4) was on 13.0% and SBS (2) ended with 4.7%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 39.1% from Prime/7Qld on 17.9%. 7TWO won the digitals with 3.5% from 7mate on 2.8% and ONE on 2.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 21.6%. WIN/NBN lead the week with 41.5% from Prime/7Qld on 25.1%.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

  1. The Olympic Games (early evening) — 843,000
  2. The Olympic Games (evening) — 814,000
  3. Seven News — 581,000.
  4. Nine News — 574,000.
  5. WIN News — 449,000.

Major metro markets: A clean sweep for Nine, both overall and the main channels in all five metro markets, as expected. The digitals saw ONE win Sydney, Eleven win Brisbane and 7TWO win Adelaide and share Melbourne with 7mate, which in turn shared Perth with GO. Nine leads the week everywhere.

(All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People)