Update: in time zone adjusted numbers NBC reports that the game averaged 32.6 million viewers and had a total audience (at least six minutes viewing) of 67.5 million.

I think some of the discrepancy between what NBC reported and what was reported initially was that we only posted the numbers in primetime and the coverage went until midnight.

The opening ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics on NBC dominated against repeats on the rest of broadcast.  For the night in primetime NBC averaged 34.45 million viewers and a 9.4/27 (rating/share) with adults 18-49.    The 2006 Winter games opening ceremonies  in Torino averaged 22.17 million viewers and a 6.5/19 A18-49 in the final numbers.

The only new scripted programming of the night on broadcast was on the CW.  At 8pm an original hour of Smallville averaged a 1.0/3 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 2.48 million viewers.

FOX did surprisingly well, all things considered, with reruns of House and Kitchen Nightmares.  I guess during the Olympics opening ceremonies it served as good counter-programming.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers  (Millons)
8:00 NBC Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony 7.7/24 29.73
FOX House (R) 1.4/5 3.86
CW Smallville 1.0/3 2.48
CBS Surviving Survivor (R) 0.9/3 3.29
ABC Movie: Spider-Man 2.1 0.9/3 3.11
9:00 NBC Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony 10.2/28 37.89
FOX Kitchen Nightmares (R) 1.5/4 3.40
CBS Undercover Boss (R) 1.2/4 4.19
ABC Movie: Spider-Man 2.1 0.9/3 2.91
CW Smallville (R) 0.6/2 1.52
10:00 NBC Winter Olympics: Opening Ceremony 10.2/29 35.92
ABC Movie: Spider-Man 2.1 1.1/3 3.41
CBS Numb3rs (R) 0.9/2 3.84


Ratings data via Marc Berman’s PI forums.

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