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

Fox News

By Cortney O’Brien – July 25, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, delayed a year because of the COVID-19pandemic, drew 16.7 million viewers for NBC on Friday, the smallest audience for the network broadcast in the past 33 years, according to data from the Comcast-owned NBCUniversal on Saturday. 

The TV audience dropped 37% from the Rio de Janeiro opening ceremony in 2016, when 26.5 million people watched, and 59% from 2012, when 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.

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