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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 1 / Feb 5

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World Cup Winning snowboarder Tess Coady will make history when she wears green and gold in the women’s Slopestyle in her highly anticipated Olympic debut.

Australia’s quartet of Moguls stars – Brodie Summers, Cooper Woods, James Matheson and Matt Graham – will go for gold in the Men’s Moguls. After making a triumphant return from a broken collarbone suffered in December 2021, Olympic silver medalist Matt Graham will attempt to keep his 2022 Beijing Olympic medal chances alive.

Australia’s most iconic Winter Olympian, Steven Bradbury calls the Men’s Short Track Speed Skating, as Brendan Corey begins his campaign to win our first gold medal in the event since Bradbury’s 2002 Salt Lake City effort.

Townsville’s own Alex Ferlazzo will fly down the track at speeds up to 140 kms per hour in the men’s Luge.

12.00pm Curling Mixed Doubles | Australia’s Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt return for Session 7 of the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin – Australia v Norway

1.45pm Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle | Australian Tess Coady in the women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

5.00pm Curling Mixed Doubles | Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill compete in Session 8 of the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin – Australia v Italy

9.00pm Freestyle Skiing Men’s Moguls | Matt Graham, Brodie Summers, James Matheson, Cooper Woods and compete for Australia in the Freestyle Skiing Men’s Moguls, vying for their spot in the Men’s Moguls Finals

10.00pm Short Track Speed Skating | Women’s 500m Short Track Speed Skating Heats, Brendan Corey in Men’s 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Heats, Mixed Team Short Track Speed Skating Finals

10.10pm Men’s Luge | Australian Olympic debutant Alex Ferlazzo in the Men’s Luge Singles

*All times AEDT


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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 0 / Feb 4

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History-making Australian Mixed Curling team, Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt will continue on their quest towards an Olympic medal, when they take on Sweden and Great Britain in today’s Curling Round Robin.

Three-time World Champion, Nathan Chen will lead the impressive USA Figure Skating Team when they compete in today’s Men’s Short Group Figure Skating team event, before the first instalment of the Ice Dance event – the Rhythm Dance.

The Olympic spirit will be overflowing on The Front Bar tonight as everyone’s favourite sport show counts down to the world’s greatest winter sporting event. Mick Molloy, Andy Maher and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald will assume their usual positions at the bar on alongside Aussie Olympic and Paralympic greats Lydia Lassila and Michael Milton.

Seven’s own Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi will count down to the highly anticipated Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, live from Beijing National Stadium with Australian Winter Olympic champion Jacqui Cooper, Alister Nicholson and Matt Shirvington.

1.00pm Figure Skating | USA’s Nathan Chen in the Men’s Short Program Figure Skating

2.40pm Ice Dance Rhythm | USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue in the Figure Skating Rhythm Dance, Ten teams go head-to-head in the Figure Skating Pairs short event

4.35pm Curling | Australia’s Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt return for Round Five of the Mixed Curling Round Robin – Australia v Great Britain

9.00pm The Front Bar Winter Edition | Hosted by Mick Molloy, Andy Maher and Ryan Fitzgerald with special guests Lydia Lassila and Michael Milton

10.00pm Countdown to the Opening Ceremony | Hosted by Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi

11.00pm The Opening Ceremony | With Seven’s commentary team including Matt Shirvington, Jacqui Cooper and Alister Nicholson

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Seven: Australia’s Home of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

By 7SPORT, Olympics, SEVEN, SPORT

10 Days to Go!

In 2000, the Seven Network accepted the honour of welcoming the world to Australia as the television network of the Olympic Games. Beijing is the next chapter in Seven’s journey.

For Beijing, Seven has assembled a world-class Olympic Winter Games commentary team that will anchor an exhilarating 17 days of astonishing sporting feats on snow and ice.

There will be up to 20 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD. Daily coverage will begin from midday AEDT on weekdays and 10.00am AEDT on weekends, until approximately 2.00am AEDT.

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With Beijing in a favourable time zone for Australian viewers, the slope is carved perfectly for all Australians to enjoy every epic moment of the Games’ 17 days, with all the biggest events set to light up prime time.

It all kicks off two days before the Opening Ceremony, on Wednesday 2 February, when history will be made as Australia’s first curling team, Queenslander Tahli Gill and Victorian Dean Hewitt, take to the ice.

The Olympic Winter Games have long been the ultimate adrenaline-charged, death-defying spectacle in sport and television.  Australia heads to these Games with a talent-stacked team producing jumps and tricks never seen before in the history of winter sport – a mix of experience, young guns and unrivalled depth, with World Cup medallists across seven sports, three returning Olympic medallists and five world champions among them.

No one can take you inside this significant moment in history like the Seven Network. Our proud partnership with the Olympic Games stretches back to the advent of television in Australia 66 years ago. In every Summer and Winter edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games we have covered since, we have taken our audience to a new level of viewing experience, and this Olympic Winter Games will be no different.

Much-loved and respected sports broadcasters Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi lead an incomparable Seven team whose experts include Australia’s two most decorated female aerial skiers, Jacqui Cooper and Lydia Lassila, and Olympic Winter cult legend Steven Bradbury.

From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony – and every thrill and spill in between – the only place you can witness all the heart-stopping action live and free is Seven, Australia’s Home of the Olympics.

Lewis Martin, Seven’s Head of Network Sport

The Olympic Winter Games are a commitment to excellence that invigorates Seven and we look forward to meeting the challenge of bringing the biggest event in winter sport to all Australians.

Olympic Winter Games live and free from February 4 on Seven and 7plus
The only place to see it all!

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The countdown is on

By 7SPORT, Olympics, SEVEN, SPORT

50 days to go until the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

With only 50 days to go, excitement is building ahead of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The only place Australians can witness all the thrills and spills when the Games commence on 4 February is on Seven and 7plus, Australia’s Home of the Winter Olympics.

With the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 watched by more than 20 million viewers across 17 days, Australia and the world will reunite again to relish the adrenaline-pumping heights and sheer beauty of the Olympic Winter Games, featuring an impressive line-up of homegrown athletes with excellent medal chances.

Nothing brings Australians together for big cultural moments like an Olympic Games, Winter or Summer. Our Australian athletes and para athletes will once again be on the biggest stage competing with the world’s elite in the most spectacular setting of snow and ice.

Tokyo 2020 broke all viewing records and the Olympic Winter Games will break more records. There is simply no other event like it next year with a huge, unique and guaranteed prime time audience for brands to be part of across Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus. The smart brands choose to go where the audience will be and that place in 2022 will on Seven and 7plus on 4 February.       

Kurt Burnette, Seven’s Director of Olympics

Australia’s preparations are peaking at the right time, with medals won across World Cup championships all over Europe over last weekend.

Almost all were outdone by Aussie Curling duo Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill, who created history by qualifying in the Mixed Doubles Event for the very first time since Curling became a full Olympic sport in 1998. The pair booked their spot when they defeated Korea in the final qualification tournament held in the Netherlands.

Don’t miss a minute of the action over 16 thrilling days of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, all live and free on Seven and 7plus.

Exactly 12 days after the Flame is extinguished, a new one will be lit, signalling the start of the Paralympic Winter Games. Seven will bring Australians exclusive free-to-air coverage, including live streaming on 7plus for the first time.

Olympic Winter Games countdown: 50 days to go
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Seven wins big at Golden Rings Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo 2020 coverage collects three IOC honours

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has shone bright among a field of more than 150 international broadcasters, winning three awards at the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne this morning.

The Golden Rings are the most prestigious awards in Olympic broadcasting and Seven was a big winner on one of international sport’s biggest stages, with its three awards topped only by America’s NBC.

With more than 100 submissions received in each of the 12 Golden Rings categories, Seven won the Gold award for Best Social Media Content/Production for its From Little Things, Big Things Grow #HomeGames campaign. The campaign received thousands of phone-filmed videos from viewers watching the Games at home, making it the highest user-generated content campaign ever for 7SPORT.

Seven also won Silver in the Best Athlete Profile category for its inspiring feature on brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara, who were both on track to compete in Tokyo 2020 before Kai suffered a serious race accident.

Seven took home Bronze for Best Olympic Feature/Documentary for its split-screen coverage of Jess Fox’s Gold Medal canoe slalom race, which simultaneously captured the emotion of Jess and her father Richard, as he commentated the race for Seven.

All of the athletes in Tokyo had a story to tell and we made sure those stories were told extremely well. We called on the resources of the entire Seven Network over the 17 days of Tokyo 2020 to deliver a world-class, award-winning broadcast and digital experience. Everyone at Seven played a part in these awards and should take pride in what is a huge achievement.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympics smashes records

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Biggest Opening Ceremony ever

The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 exploded into life on the Seven Network last night with the Opening Ceremony shattering records and reaching 1.94 million people.

An average national audience of 953,000 watched the Opening Ceremony on Channel 7 last night, topping the previous record set in Beijing 2008 by 42%.

Last night’s average capital city audience of 643,000 was 38% higher than Beijing 2008.

The Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony’s national audience was also more than 10 times bigger than Rio 2016, with the average metro audience more than 12 times bigger.

The Opening Ceremony was #1 in its timeslot last night in total people and in all key demographics.

Last night’s historic viewing figures underline just how much Australians have been looking forward to the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Paralympic Games is among sport’s greatest events and we can’t wait to bring fans all the unmissable action over the next 12 days as our all-star Aussie team takes on the very best in the world.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

Seven’s Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage is anchored by Australian Paralympic legends Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle Williams, alongside Johanna Griggs, Matt White and Emma Vosti, while Paralympic icons Priya Cooper, Tim Matthews, Jessica Gallagher, Nick Morris and Bryce Alman headline the commentary team.

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Australia’s Home of the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

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The 16th Paralympic Games will be live on the Seven Network, with viewers set to enjoy unprecedented coverage of one of elite sport’s greatest events.

Starting with the Opening Ceremony on 24 August, Seven’s coverage will take fans inside the Paralympic Games like never before across 13 action-packed days.

From morning to midnight every day on Seven and 7plus, fans will be able to choose from an unprecedented offering of up to 16 live streams – all live, free and in HD.

Seven’s Tokyo 2020 coverage will be led by a world-class commentary team headlined by the biggest and best group of Paralympians ever assembled for an Australian broadcast.

Australian Paralympic legends Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle Williams will anchor Seven’s coverage, alongside Johanna Griggs, Matt White and Emma Vosti.

Our commentary line-up is headlined by Aussie Paralympic icon Priya Cooper, a nine-time swimming Gold medallist, and three-time athletics Gold winner Tim Matthews, who will bring rare insight to the competition at the pool and track respectively in Tokyo.

Joining them are Jessica Gallagher, the first Australian to win medals at both the Paralympic Games and Winter Paralympic Games, wheelchair basketball Gold medallist Nick Morris and dual wheelchair rugby silver medallist Bryce Alman.

Fans will also enjoy unparalleled inner-sanctum access to the Australian competitors in Tokyo, with Australian team co-captain and defending gold medallist Ryley Batt (wheelchair rugby) and Rio 2016 gold medallist Curtis McGrath (para-canoeing) both set to join Seven’s commentary team once they have finished competing.

Seven’s team of reporters on the ground in Tokyo will include another Australian Paralympic great Katrina Webb, who won three gold medals in athletics across three Paralympic Games. Webb will be joined by 7NEWS reporters Matthew Carmichael, Chris Stubbs, Blake Johnson and Joel Dry, who will ensure audiences are kept up to date with all the latest news, colour and atmosphere of the Games.   

Some of Australia’s pre-eminent callers will also be part of the live and free coverage, with Matt Hill, David Culbert, Jason Bennett and Darren Boyd all set to bring the Tokyo 2020 competition to life as only they can.

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Seven’s favourite ad of Tokyo 2020 revealed

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Australian Avocados’ “Our Green Gold” crowned winner

The winner of the Seven Network’s $1 million contest to crown the best ad shown during the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 has been announced.

Australian Avocados’ “Our Green Gold” campaign won gold with the public, who voted it as their favourite ad shown during Seven’s live, free and exclusive coverage of the world’s biggest sporting event of the decade.

Australian Avocados has won free placement in Seven’s biggest sporting and cultural moments of the next nine months, worth $1 million.

The Olympics is jam-packed full of moments that move us. Drawing on the emotions of Tokyo 2020 provides brands an opportunity to connect at a deeper level with the audience which heightens awareness, recall and consideration.

Tokyo 2020 on Seven was the biggest television and streaming event in Australian history with more than 20 million Australian’s watching the inspiring action. We launched Favourite Ad of Tokyo 2020 to celebrate creativity and showcase the amazing work of the advertising industry in the Games as voted for by the nation. We were stunned by the quality of the ads entered that powerfully tapped into the emotion and excitement of the Olympics and connected with audiences,” she said.

Charlotte Valente, Seven West Media Chief Marketing Officer

A huge congratulations to the team at Hort Innovation and their agencies, TBWA and Atomic 212°. Their humorous and iconic Australian creative resonated with our audiences and demonstrates the power of contextual, creative advertising. Australian avocado farmers will benefit from having their ‘Our Green Gold’ campaign run in the greatest cultural and live moments on Seven between now and the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Katie Finney, Seven West Media’s Director of 7RED

Favourite Ad of Tokyo 2020 was open to advertisers who place an ad in Seven’s Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 coverage. The winner was decided by a public poll, with viewers who voted given the chance to win a Qantas holiday package valued at $25,000, supporting local communities and the travel Industry.

It’s great to see a much-loved Aussie fruit celebrated with this win. The campaign featured perfectly in the Olympics broadcast alongside our incredible Aussie athletes. Well done to the team at Hort Innovation, Atomic 212° and TBWA for delivering such a memorable and iconic campaign.

Claire Fenner, Managing Director and Partner, Atomic 212

Australia is the winner here. With the extra $1 million to put behind the ‘Our Green Gold’ campaign for Australian Avocados thanks to the Seven Network, we will drive more consumption of the best avocados on the planet, provide a nutritional head start for our future Australian Olympic champions and at the same time support our legendary Aussie growers.

Paul Bradbury, CEO, TBWA Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Avocados campaign is a celebration of all things green and gold and all things symbolically Aussie. The Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 provided the perfect platform to remind everyone that our country not only boasts first-class athletes, but the best fresh produce as well. Hort Innovation is thrilled that this campaign has received the viewers’ vote for ‘Best ad of Tokyo 2020’ – it just goes to show how much Aussies love their avocados and support our local growers.

Matt Brand, CEO, Hort Innovation

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Olympic glory: Tokyo 2020 makes history

By 7plus, Olympics, SEVEN

Seven’s broadcast up 71% on Rio 2016
Opening Ceremony: 3.85 million viewers
4.74 billion minutes streamed on 7plus
7plus registered users surge 44% to 9.2 million

As the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 came to an inspiring close last night, more than 20 million Australians have tuned in to watch the Seven Network’s innovative coverage of the 17 days of the Games, making it the biggest television and streaming event in Australian history.

From the Opening Ceremony on Friday 23 July to last night’s Closing Ceremony, 20.2 million Australians watched Seven’s live, free and exclusive broadcast of Tokyo 2020, with 41% watching on both Seven and 7plus.

Across the 17 days of coverage (includes Opening Ceremony), the average full day broadcast audience was up 80% on Rio 2016 in the capital cities and up 71% nationally.

Seven’s prime time commercial free-to-air network share across days 1 to 7 of the Games was 60.3%. That increased to 61.9% across days 8 to 16. In week 32 of the OzTAM survey year, Seven Network recorded the biggest prime time commercial share (62.7%) for any network in total people and 25 to 54s since OzTAM ratings started in 2001

Seven Network’s average prime time capital city audience from 6.00pm to midnight grew by 12% from week one to week two of the Games. 

Channel 7’s share alone was 43.0% across the first week and 43.7% across the second week – more than double its closest rival and more than four times the share of the third ranked primary channel

7mate recorded an 11.1% commercial share across Tokyo 2020, making it the #1 multichannel and the #3 free-to-air commercial channel – trumping a rival primary channel.

With a total audience of 3.85 million viewers nationally, including time-shift and BVOD audiences, the Opening Ceremony is the most most-watched TV program of 2021.

Tokyo 2020 has boosted Seven Network’s strong momentum. Seven is currently #1 in the 2021 survey year with a 40.8% year-to-date commercial share. It has won 18 weeks of the 32 weeks so far in calendar 2021 and is the only network growing its commercial share in 2021.  

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With more than 40 Olympics channels, 7plus set new Australian streaming records during the competition, adding more than 2.8 million new registered users, bringing its total number of registered accounts to more than 9.2 million, an increase of 44% since Tokyo 2020 started. 

Australians watched more than 4.74 billion minutes on 7plus, making it the biggest digital event in Australian history.

On 25 July, 7plus delivered the biggest day of streaming in Australian television history with 376 million minutes, shattering the previous record of 86 million (held by a State of Origin rugby league match day this year) and 10 times more than the biggest day recorded for Rio 2016.

7plus was particularly popular with younger viewers, with VOZ data recording 18% of people 18 to 39 watched the Olympic action exclusively on 7plus, delivering an incremental audience reach on broadcast of 32% over the first 12 days. The incremental reach is even higher for men aged 18 to 39, with viewing on 7plus extending the average broadcast day reach by 43%.

We came into the Games confident Tokyo 2020 would be a success, but the record-breaking reaction from audiences exceeded all expectations.

Our exclusive, live and free coverage on Seven and 7plus was unmissable entertainment for millions, as our Aussie athletes equaled their best Olympic performance ever and provided Australia with much-needed inspiration. For the brands involved with delivering the Games across the screens of Seven, it represented the largest and most addressable marketing platform ever created.

The success of our innovative coverage is testament to the incredible people we have behind the scenes and on-screen bringing must-watch moments to viewers. From our exceptional hosts and commentary teams to the excellent production and operations teams across broadcast and digital, everyone worked together to deliver a world-class experience.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Olympics

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Tokyo 2020 roars out of the blocks

By 7plus, Olympics, SEVEN

7plus smashes records, TV audiences surge

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are an instant hit with Australians, generating huge numbers across the Seven Network’s Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus.

After just three days, Tokyo 2020 has reached more than 13 million Australians on television and smashed streaming records.

Last night’s coverage and the Opening Ceremony on Friday night are already the two most-watched TV programs of 2021 and 7plus set new highs for streaming in Australia.

Some of the highlights of the past three days include:

Sunday night: 2.75 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.99 million in the capital cities, taking the crown as the most-watched TV program of 2021.

Opening Ceremony: 2.7 million viewers nationally on broadcast, 2.12 million in the capital cities, making it the second most-watched TV program of 2021. The capital city audience was up 31% on the number of viewers for the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2016, while the national audience was up 20%.

Sunday evening: 2.51 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.73 million in the capital cities.

Saturday night: 2.47 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.78 million in the capital cities.

Saturday evening: 2.4 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.73 million in the capital cities.

Countdown to Opening Ceremony: 2.24 million viewers nationally, 1.64 million in the capital cities.

7mate: 17.4% commercial audience share on Saturday night, its highest ever prime time share.

7plus: Set a new Australian streaming record on Saturday, with 238.7 million minutes streamed (including co-viewing), more than three times the previous record which was held by a State of Origin rugby league match.

7plus: Broke its own record on Sunday, with 272.8 million minutes streamed – excluding co-viewing.

The reaction from Australians to our exclusive, live and free coverage on Seven and 7plus has been extraordinary. The audience numbers have exceeded our forecasts on every level, including 2.3 million reach on 7plus alone.

New viewing records are being set on a daily basis which is great news for our partners, sponsors and dynamic packages. Marketers have well and truly embraced Tokyo 2020 and now that the Games have started, we’re seeing record results with brands capitalising with short-term broadcast and digital investment.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Olympics

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