Simone Biles’ bronze tops second week of competition, beach volleyball can’t keep up
Another week of Olympics competition is in the books, and the total audience deliveries continue to prove that Tokyo 2021 is no Rio 2016. Of course, with the time zone differences, lack of in-person fans and generally downward ratings trends across all of television, no one really expected they would be.
But there were some highlights amid the TV-audience lowlights. Tuesday proved to be most-watched night of the week, with 17.4 million overall primetime audience members tuning in across NBC, its sister cable channels and digital properties — including Peacock. That was the evening Simone Biles won bronze in the individual balance beam event.