Ratings: Olympics Hit a 3-Day Rio High, Narrow Gap vs. London Games

NBC’s ratings for the Rio Olympics are moving from a decided bronze to silver.

The Peacock’s primetime coverage of Sunday’s events averaged 29.7 million total viewers, surging more than 50 percent from Day 1 of competition and marking a three-day high, including the opening ceremony.

What’s more, Day 2 coverage was down just 5 percent from the same night at the summer games on London 2012, whereas Rio numbers thus far had been off more than 30 percent.

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  1. qodrn says:

    I need to vent, so here goes. Dear NBC, I don’t care a wit about how the athletes got to Rio. In fact, I would be more interested in what flights they took than about their training sessions. I don’t want events split in half. If you want to put an event last, then do it. But don’t split it up between three hours. Your commercials are poorly timed. Worse, some of them look like the Olympics. Stop it. I don’t know why you need to cover events on 10 different channels. At least put one sport on one channel. Then you could go to the the soccer channel, etc. I don’t want to know who is in first. How about showing us all of the athletes? It is exciting to see folks competing with a variety of family names. I don’t mind the pictures of the althlete’s family cheering but I don’t need their life story either. Possible exception is if they were an Olympian. I am getting really sick of the token women announcer who knows very little at most of the events. Can’t Congress pass a law giving the Olympics back to ABC or at least forcing NBC to watch their coverage and duplicate it? NBC is great at duplicating stuff…

  2. ibjbyron says:

    Umm…btw, no ratings for anything else? I know the game shows were repeats, but how about “BrainDead”? While watching, I found myself wondering how it is doing, and whether or not there is hope for it to return (unless they wrap everything up…) I am loving this show, and want them to continue, whatever form it may take – very clever writing/storyline and great peformances!

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Umm… super busy at TCA. But since you asked nicely: Opposite the mighty Olympics, BrainDead dropped to hit and tie series lows: 1.8 mil/0.3 rating.

  3. Louie says:

    Not that he was a stunner to begin with, but that graphic makes Michael Phelps look like a bat with outstretched wings