2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony 2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

The Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremonies of the London Olympics was a ratings juggernaut for NBC, receiving the highest overnight rating for a non-U.S.-based Olympic opening ceremony ever.

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In all, an average of 40.7 million people watched NBC's programming, according to Nielsen. This landed London at 7 percent higher than Beijing's, 28 percent higher than Athens', 24 percent higher than Sydney's and 15 percent higher than Vancouver's Game openers.The Opening Ceremony was also a huge success for the BBC, beating out all other recent Game openers for the network, Deadline

reports.The program garnered an average 22.4 million viewers, the highest for BBC since 1998.

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The most-watched event of the program was Boyle's Isles of Wonder, which featured a parachuting Queen, multiple flying Mary Poppins, a Mr. Bean-and-Chariots of Fire montage, plus a performance by Paul McCartney.What did you think of the Opening Ceremonies?