NBC'S THREE-DAY AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP OF 35.8 MILLION IS BEST THROUGH THE FIRST WEEKEND OF ANY SUMMER OLYMPICS IN HISTORY
36.0 Million Average Viewers Last Night is Most for First Sunday for any Non-U.S. Summer Olympics in History (Since 1960)
The Average Viewership for Opening Ceremony (40.7 million) and Last Night (36.0 million) is Higher than ANY Night from the Beijing, Athens or Sydney Games
19.8/33 National Rating for First Sunday Night is 9% Higher than Beijing and 29% Higher than Athens; Best for Any Non-U.S. Summer Olympics in History
16.0 Million Watch NBC's Afternoon Daytime Show; Nearly 7 Million Tune in to Late Night; 6 Million Watch Early Morning Show
LONDON – July 30, 2012 – Through the first three nights of the London Olympics, NBC is averaging 35.8 million viewers, the best through the first weekend for any Summer Olympics in history (since the 1960 Rome Olympics, the first televised Olympics), 1.4 million more than the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (34.4 million), and five million more viewers than 2008 Beijing Olympics (30.6 million).
Last night's primetime coverage on NBC (7-11:14 p.m. ET/PT) drew 36.0 million viewers, the most for the first Sunday of a non-U.S. Summer Games in history. Last night's viewership is more than three million more than the first Sunday night of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (32.3 million), and 10 million more than the first night of the 2004 Athens Olympics (25.8 million), the last European Summer Olympics.
Last night's competition on NBC, which featured a silver medal for the U.S. in the 4x100m freestyle relay, a gold medal by Dana Vollmer in the women's 100m butterfly and the preliminaries of the women's gymnastics all-around, earned a 19.8/33 national rating/share, the best for the first Sunday for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics in history. The rating is nine percent higher than the first Sunday night of the Beijing Olympics (18.1/31), which featured live coverage of Phelps' second of his eight gold medals.
FIRST WEEKEND AVERAGE VIEWERS FOR NON-U.S. SUMMER GAMES:
1. London – 2012 35.8 Million NBC
2. Atlanta – 1996 34.4 Million NBC
3. Beijing – 2008 30.6 Million NBC
4. Barcelona – 1992 27.0 Million NBC
5. Seoul – 1988 24.4 Million NBC
6. Athens – 2004 24.0 Million NBC
7. Sydney – 2000 23.9 Million NBC
NBC'S DAYTIME AND LATE NIGHT VIEWERSHIP SOARS: