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[08/10/12 - 01:14 PM]
Team USA Soccer Gold Medal Match Most-Watched Event in History of NBC Sports Network
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, August 9 plus its Olympics coverage to date.

[via press release from NBC]

TEAM USA SOCCER GOLD MEDAL MATCH MOST-WATCHED EVENT IN HISTORY OF NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Average of 4.35 Million Watch Team USA's 2-1 Victory over Japan on NBC Sports Network

1.467 Million Video Streams for Team USA-Japan is Most-Streamed Event in Olympic History

More Than 210 Million Total Viewers for the London Olympics, Surpassed Total Viewership for Atlanta for 2nd Most-Watched Event in U.S. Television History

31.9 Million Average Viewership and 18.0 Household Rating for the First 14 Nights of the London Olympics is Most for any Non-U.S. Summer Olympics in 36 Years

22.9 Million Viewers in Primetime Last Night; 13th Time in 14 Nights that Primetime Viewership Topped Comparable Nights from the 2008 Beijing Olympics

LONDON - August 10, 2012 - Yesterday's Team USA gold medal-winning soccer match against Japan drew 4.35 million viewers and had a national household rating of 2.74, the most-watched and highest-rated event ever on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, the match drew 1.467 million streams on NBCOlympics.com, the most-streamed event in Olympics history.

MOST-WATCHED EVENTS IN NBC SPORTS NETWORK HISTORY*

EVENT DATE VIEWERS
1. Team USA-Japan Soccer Gold Medal Match 8/9/12 4.350 million
2. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 3: Flyers-Blackhawks 6/2/10 3.600 million
3. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 4: Red Wings-Penguins 6/4/09 3.448 million
4. U.S. Men's Basketball vs. Argentina 8/6/12 3.330 million
5. Olympics - Including Rowing Qualifying 7/28/12 3.140 million
6. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 4: Flyers-Blackhawks 6/4/10 3.126 million
7. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 3: Red Wings-Penguins 6/2/09 2.955 million
8. Team USA-Canada Semi-Final Soccer Match 8/6/12 2.918 million
9. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 3: Canucks-Bruins 6/6/11 2.757 million
10. NHL Stanley Cup Final Gm. 4: Canucks-Bruins 6/8/11 2.714 million
*NBC Sports Network was rebranded from VERSUS in Jan. 2012.

· With 1.467 million streams, the gold medal soccer match was the most-streamed event in Olympic history, topping the USA women's gymnastics all-around gold medal (1.463 million) and Usain Bolt winning the 100m race (1.289 million).

LONDON OLYMPICS NOW THE 2nd MOST-WATCHED EVENT IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY: With 210.5 million total viewers, the total audience for the London Olympics surpassed the Atlanta Olympics (209 million) and now stands as the second most-watched event in U.S. television history behind only the Beijing Olympics (215 million).

THROUGH 14 NIGHTS IN PRIMETIME - BEST VIEWERSHIP AND HOUSEHOLD RATING FOR NON-U.S. SUMMER GAMES IN 36 YEARS:

Through the first 14 days, the London Olympics has averaged 31.9 million viewers in primetime, and a household rating of 18.0/30, making it the most-watched and highest-rated non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

· The 14-day average primetime viewership of 31.9 million viewers is 3.3 million more viewers than the first 14 nights from Beijing (28.6 million) and 6.2 million more than the first 14 nights from Athens (25.7 million).

· The 14-night average household rating of 18.0/30 is 7% higher than the first 14 nights from Beijing (16.8/29), and 15% higher than the first 14 nights from Athens (15.6/27), the last European Summer Olympics.

Last night's primetime coverage of the London Olympics on NBC drew an average of 22.9 million viewers, the most-watched second Thursday for non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (23.7 million). Last night marked the 13th time in 14 nights that the average viewership for the London Olympics surpassed the Beijing Olympics.

Last night's coverage, which featured Ashton Eaton winning the gold medal in the decathlon, and Usain Bolt winning gold in the 200m for the second consecutive Olympics, drew 22.9 million viewers, topping the comparable night from the Beijing Olympics (22.4 million) and the Athens Olympics (21.5 million).

Last night's primetime coverage on NBC (8-11:11 p.m. ET/PT) earned a 13.6/23 national rating/share, just 1% off the comparable night from Beijing (13.8/23), and Athens (13.8/24), the last European Olympics.

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14-DAY METERED MARKET AVERAGE (ALL 56 METERED MARKETS):
1 Salt Lake City 26.0/46
2 Kansas City 23.9/39
3 Milwaukee 23.4/39
4 Denver 23.1/43
5 Columbus, OH 22.9/38
6 Norfolk 22.4/34
7 Indianapolis 22.0/37
8 San Diego 21.8/38
9 Richmond 21.6/34
10 West Palm Beach 21.4/35
11 Albuquerque-Santa Fe 21.2/35
12 Minneapolis-St. Paul 20.9/40
13 Portland 20.8/43
T14 Sacramento-Stockton 20.6/38
T14 Oklahoma City 20.6/33
T16 Washington, D.C. 20.5/37
T16 Austin 20.5/36
T16 Ft. Myers-Naples 20.5/36
T19 Atlanta 20.4/33
T19 Nashville 20.4/32
21 San Francisco 20.3/40
22 St. Louis 20.1/33
23 Los Angeles 19.4/36
24 New Orleans 19.3/27
T25 Chicago 19.2/33
T25 Tulsa 19.2/30
27 Phoenix 19.1/32
T28 Cleveland 19.0/32
T28 Jacksonville 19.0/30
30 Greensboro-High Point 18.9/30
T31 New York 18.8/32
T31 Knoxville 18.8/30
33 Seattle-Tacoma 18.7/38
34 Louisville 18.6/31
T35 Orlando-Daytona Beach 18.5/32
T35 Cincinnati 18.5/31
37 Philadelphia 18.4/30
38 Dallas-Ft. Worth 18.3/32
T39 Detroit 18.2/30
T39 Baltimore 18.2/30
41 San Antonio 18.0/28
T42 Pittsburgh 17.9/31
T42 Memphis 17.9/27
44 Houston 17.6/30
45 Boston 17.5/33
T46 Birmingham 17.4/26
T46 Buffalo 17.4/30
T48 Hartford-New Haven 17.2/29
T48 Greenville-Spartanburg 17.2/27
T48 Las Vegas 17.2/29
51 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 16.7/27
T52 Tampa-St. Petersburg 16.5/30
T52 Providence-New Bedford 16.5/28
54 Dayton 16.3/27
55 Raleigh-Durham 15.7/25
56 Charlotte 14.5/25

HIGHEST RATED BY TIME ZONE (THROUGH 14 DAYS):
Mountain 21.2/37
Pacific 19.8/37
Central 19.5/33
Eastern 18.6/31

NBCUniversal, presenting its 13th Olympics, the most by any U.S. media company, will make an unprecedented 5,535 hours of the 2012 London Olympics coverage available across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours.

For the full schedule of NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage, please go to: NBCOlympics.com





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