NBC has 33-year low viewership for Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony: ‘Not a happy’ benchmark

The TV audience dropped 37% from the Rio de Janeiro opening ceremony in 2016, quando 26.5 million people watched, e 59% a partire dal 2012, quando 40.7 million people watched the London opener. The Tokyo ratings factored in both the live broadcast early Friday morning and a primetime re-airing.

Reuters described Friday’s fall, the lowest since the 1988 Seoul Games, avere un “steep drop.


Taking into account viewers on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, 17 million people watched the ceremony, according to NBCUniversal. The streaming audience on those platforms increased 76% dal 2018 PyeongChang opening ceremony and 72% a partire dal 2016 in Rio.

By way of comparison, analysts noted that Friday’s TV broadcast drew fewer viewers than “Calcio della domenica sera” and Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview on CBS with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in March.

Your first benchmark of Olympic viewing over the next two weeks and not a happy one for NBCUniversal,” tweeted sports writer Richard Deitsch.

NBC Sports reacted to the comparisons by tweeting out somecontext,” noting that in the last five years award shows are down 68-72% in viewership.


While most Olympic opening ceremonies have enjoyed packed stadiums, Friday’s unprecedented event featured only 1,000 spectators in the stands, one of whom was la first lady Jill Biden. Organizers had initially planned to allow Olympic venues to be filled to 50% capacity but crowds not to exceed 10,000. tuttavia, they ultimately decided against spectators following a recent rise in COVID cases that prompted Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to announce a state of emergency.

Taking into consideration the impact of the delta strain, and in order to prevent the resurgence of infections from spreading across the country, we need to step up virus prevention measures,” Succhiare disse della decisione.

Japan’s state of emergency that will last through Aug. 22. The Olympics began July 23 and run through Aug. 8. The Paralympics will take place Aug. 24.

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