The Rio Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies were a conscious downgrade from the epic spectacle of ceremonies past, and on Sunday night, the Olympics closed not with a bang, but a ratings whimper.
Nielsen overnight ratings indicate that the Closing Ceremony averaged an 11.7 rating during the period between 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, down 31 percent from the same event in London. Nielsen’s FastAffiliate metric indicated that 16.9 million viewers watched the Closing Ceremony, a 45 percent drop from London.
NBC announced that its Olympics averaged 27.5 million viewers through its Total Audience Delivery statistic, which accounts for both television and streaming numbers. The London Olympics, by contrast, averaged 31.1 million viewers for both competition and Opening and Closing ceremonies combined.
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