via NBC press release. More pummeling of the belief that the tape delay hurt NBC and sent viewers clamoring to the Internet. Three out of the top five markets were on the west coast where they were delayed by an additional three hours. Including my home base San Francisco which had a whopping 47 percent share of all televisions turned on! Apparently however, the record US ratings are only for Olympics which were not hosted in the USA.
Here's the NBC press release:
BEST OPENING CEREMONY OVERNIGHT RATING FOR NON-U.S. OLYMPICS EVER
21.5 Rating and 37 Share is 19% Higher than Athens and 16% Higher than Sydney
NBCOlympics.com's 70 Million Page Views Friday, 900% Increase From Athens
BEIJING -Aug. 9, 2008 - NBC's coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Beijing was the best overnight rating ever for non-U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony earning a 21.5/37 (8-11:19 p.m. ET/PT). Additionally, NBCOlympics.com saw its most traffic ever on Friday with 70 million page views, 10 times more than the seven million page views on the opening day of the Athens Games. The overnight rating for the Opening Ceremony was a 19 percent increase over Athens in 2004 and 16 percent higher than Sydney in 2000, according to Nielsen Media Research data released today.
NON-U.S. OPENING CEREMONY OVERNIGHT RATINGS:
1) Beijing - 2008 - 21.5/37
2) Sydney - 2000 - 18.5/32
3) Seoul - 1988 - 18.3/33
4) Athens - 2004 - 18.0/30
5) Barcelona - 1992 - 16.5/32
·Opening Ceremony in Atlanta in 1996 earned 27.2/47;
TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR OPENING CEREMONY:
1) San Diego - 26.5/49
2) West Palm Beach - 25.7/42
3) Sacramento - 24.3/43
4) Denver - 24.2/43
T5) San Francisco - 24.1/47
T5) Baltimore - 24.1/41
7) Indianapolis - 23.9/42
8) Salt Lake City - 23.5/49
9) Nashville - 23.4/37
10) St. Louis - 22.9/42
Dick Ebersol served as executive producer of NBC's Opening Ceremony coverage; David Neal, producer; and Bucky Gunts, director.
NBCOLYMPICS.COM OFF TO RECORD START:
NBCOlympics.com garnered 70 million page views on 8/8/08 an increase of 900 percent and 10 times more than the opening day of the Athens Games in 2004 (7 million).
·The 70 million page views are nearly 50 million more page views than the peak day in Athens (Day 4, 20.6 million).
·NBCOlympics.com's 4.2 million unique users show an increase of 496% over the unique users for the opening day of the Athens Games in 2004 (705,000).
·Since August 1, 2008, NBCOlympics.com has accumulated more than 127 million page views, nearly half the TOTAL for the entire Athens Games.
NBC Universal, broadcasting its record 11th Olympics and surpassing ABC for the most Olympics broadcast by any network, will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of Beijing Olympic Games coverage, the most ambitious single media project in history featuring the most live coverage (nearly 2,900 live hours in total), across the most platforms, of any Summer Olympics in history.