via press release:
29.1 Million Average Viewership on NBC Last Night is Best Second Wednesday for ANY Summer Olympics in 36 Years
12th Time in 13 Nights that Primetime Viewership Topped Comparable Nights from the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Last Night’s Viewership also Topped the Comparable night From the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
32.6 Million Average Viewership and 18.3 Household Rating for the First 13 Nights of the London Olympics is Most for any Non-U.S. Summer Olympics in 36 Years
NBC’s Daytime Show is Averaging 7.3 Million Viewers; Has Topped Beijing Each Day of Olympics
LONDON – August 9, 2012 – Last night’s primetime coverage of the London Olympics on NBC drew an average of 29.1 million viewers, the most-watched second Wednesday for ANY Summer Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics, even topping the second Wednesday night from the Atlanta Olympics (28.9 million). Last night marked the 12th time in 13 nights that the average viewership for the London Olympics surpassed the Beijing Olympics.
Last night’s coverage, which featured Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings taking their third straight gold medal in beach volleyball; Allison Felix winning the gold medal in the 200m race; and Aries Merritt and Jason Richardson winning gold and silver, respectively, in the 110m hurdles, drew 29.1 million viewers, topping the comparable night from the Beijing Olympics by 17% (24.8 million) and the Athens Olympics by 20% (24.3 million). The viewership even topped the comparable night from the Atlanta Olympics (28.9 million).
Last night’s primetime coverage on NBC (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) earned a 16.8/28 national rating/share, 11% higher than the comparable night from Beijing (15.2/26), and 10% higher than the comparable night from Athens (15.3/26), the last European Olympics.
FIRST 13 NIGHTS IN PRIMETIME – BEST VIEWERSHIP AND HOUSEHOLD RATING FOR NON-U.S. SUMMER GAMES IN 36 YEARS:
Through the first 13 days, the London Olympics has averaged 32.6 million viewers in primetime, and a household rating of 18.3/31, making it the most-watched and highest-rated non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
· The 13-day average primetime viewership of 32.6 million viewers is 3.6 million more viewers than the first 13 nights from Beijing (29.0 million) and 6.6 million more than the first 13 nights from Athens (26.0 million).
· The 13-night average household rating of 18.3/31 is 8% higher than the first 13 nights from Beijing (16.9/29), and 16% higher than the first 13 nights from Athens (15.8/27), the last European Summer Olympics.
NBC’S WEEKDAY COVERAGE UNDEFEATED VS. BEIJING:
NBC’s weekday daytime show is averaging 7.3 million viewers (eight telecasts), up 33% from the Beijing (5.5 million) and 38% from Athens (5.3 million).
· Each weekday telecast of the London Games has topped each comparable show from Beijing.
· The 5.2/15 household rating for the weekday daytime show is up 27% from Beijing (4.1/13) and up 30% from Athens (4.0/13).