Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Olympics Ratings (1960-present)

UPDATED WITH TOKYO 2020: The chart below contains the available Nielsen ratings for the Olympic games beginning with the first televised games - the 1960 Winter Olympics - all the way through the present-day. Household ratings are the only metric available until Calgary 1988 where viewership (in millions) is also provided. Beginning with Nagano 1998, there is also 18-49 data available for most days. For the first three televised Olympics, only ratings for the opening ceremonies were available, but beginning with Tokyo 1964, average ratings for the full olympics are provided through Montreal 1976. Full day-by-day numbers are available beginning with Lake Placid 1980.

1960 Winter (Squaw Valley)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony24.2/37
1960 Summer (Rome)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony18.1/36
1964 Winter (Innsbruck)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony12.3/25
1964 Summer (Tokyo)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony5.6/14
Total Average11.5/25
Primetime Average12.7/23
1968 Winter (Grenoble)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony2.9/20
Primetime Average13.4/21
1968 Summer (Mexico City)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony8.8/34
Total Average10.9/34
Primetime Average14.3/27
1972 Winter (Sapporo)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony19.1/33
Closing Ceremony13.0/22
Olympic Average17.2/29
1972 Summer (Munich)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony6.5/28
Closing Ceremony22.3/38
Olympic Average25.0/45
1976 Winter (Innsbruck)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony23.2/37
Closing Ceremony18.6/29
Olympic Average21.7/34
1976 Summer (Montreal)
DAYHH
rating/share
Opening Ceremony11.1/39
Thursday, July 22, 197626.5/51
Saturday, July 24, 197621.2/45
Tuesday, July 27, 197628.5/52
Closing Ceremony19.4/39
Olympic Average24.8/48
1980 Winter (Lake Placid)
DAYHH
rating/share
Wednesday, February 13, 198010.2/31
Thursday, February 14, 1980-
Friday, February 15, 1980-
Saturday, February 16, 198026.1
Sunday, February 17, 1980-
Monday, February 18, 1980-
Tuesday, February 19, 198024.4
Wednesday, February 20, 198025.9
Thursday, February 21, 198027.4/42
Friday, February 22, 1980-
Saturday, February 23, 198028.9/47
Sunday, February 24, 1980-
1980 Summer (Moscow)
BOYCOTTED - DID NOT AIR IN THE U.S.
1984 Winter (Sarajevo)
DAYHH
rating/share
Wednesday, February 8, 198417.2/27
Thursday, February 9, 198413.7/20
Friday, February 10, 198418.1/29
Saturday, February 11, 198418.8/31
Sunday, February 12, 198419.3/29
Monday, February 13, 198421.0/31
Tuesday, February 14, 198421.9/32
Wednesday, February 15, 198418.6/29
Thursday, February 16, 198422.2/33
Friday, February 17, 198414.3/23
Saturday, February 18, 198421.4/36
Sunday, February 19, 198416.9/25
1984 Summer (Los Angeles)
DAYHH
rating/share
Saturday, July 28, 198423.9/48
Sunday, July 29, 198424.3
Monday, July 30, 198423.7
Tuesday, July 31, 198426.5
Wednesday, August 1, 198427.0
Thursday, August 2, 198425.5
Friday, August 3, 198425.2
Saturday, August 4, 198423.3
Sunday, August 5, 198425.2
Monday, August 6, 198425.9
Tuesday, August 7, 198423.2
Wednesday, August 8, 198424.3
Thursday, August 9, 198423.6
Friday, August 10, 198421.9
Saturday, August 11, 198422.7
Sunday, August 12, 198428.9/53
1988 Winter (Calgary)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Saturday, February 13, 19889.9/17not
available
15.4
Sunday, February 14, 198819.7/3027.0
Monday, February 15, 198818.1/2726.1
Tuesday, February 16, 198825.5/3933.7
Wednesday, February 17, 198819.3/3024.4
Thursday, February 18, 198818.9/2824.3
Friday, February 19, 198815.1/2520.4
Saturday, February 20, 198821.3/3630.2
Sunday, February 21, 198817.1/2622.9
Monday, February 22, 198821.3/3126.6
Tuesday, February 23, 198823.5/3529.4
Wednesday, February 24, 198818.8/2823.2
Thursday, February 25, 198820.3/3026.8
Friday, February 26, 198814.5/2520.6
Saturday, February 27, 198826.4/4338.1
Sunday, February 28, 198817.2/2725.8
1988 Summer (Seoul)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Saturday, September 17, 198815.6/30not
available
23.8
Sunday, September 18, 198817.7/3026.5
Monday, September 19, 198816.8/2923.9
Tuesday, September 20, 198816.9/3023.6
Wednesday, September 21, 198818.1/3224.9
Thursday, September 22, 198820.1/3628.3
Friday, September 23, 198819.5/3728.8
Saturday, September 24, 198819.6/3829.5
Sunday, September 25, 198813.9/2620.0
Monday, September 26, 198819.3/3227.1
Tuesday, September 27, 198818.9/3426.3
Wednesday, September 28, 198817.2/3124.3
Thursday, September 29, 198817.6/3125.0
Friday, September 30, 198816.4/3223.6
Saturday, October 1, 198816.3/3325.1
Sunday, October 2, 198812.3/2018.281
1992 Winter (Albertville)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Saturday, February 8, 199214.5/24not
available
23.999
Sunday, February 9, 199223.5/3338.2
Monday, February 10, 199219.1/2929.5
Tuesday, February 11, 199221.5/3232.0
Wednesday, February 12, 199216.7/2625.6
Thursday, February 13, 199219.2/2929.0
Friday, February 14, 199216.8/3026.2
Saturday, February 15, 199218.1/3129.1
Sunday, February 16, 199221.2/3233.6
Monday, February 17, 199221.7/3231.8
Tuesday, February 18, 199215.9/2423.3
Wednesday, February 19, 199222.8/3534.6
Thursday, February 20, 199215.4/2422.2
Friday, February 21, 199225.0/4039.7
Saturday, February 22, 199216.1/2826.0
Sunday, February 23, 199213.4/2019.968
1992 Summer (Barcelona)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Saturday, July 25, 199213.8/29not
available
21.609
Sunday, July 26, 199218.1/3328.7
Monday, July 27, 199219.7/3629.9
Tuesday, July 28, 199220.5/3731.1
Wednesday, July 29, 199218.9/3528.2
Thursday, July 30, 199222.3/4034.0
Friday, July 31, 199216.9/3425.7
Saturday, August 1, 199218.3/3928.4
Sunday, August 2, 199218.1/3428.3
Monday, August 3, 199216.6/3124.7
Tuesday, August 4, 199215.4/2922.7
Wednesday, August 5, 199215.8/3122.6
Thursday, August 6, 199216.6/3223.7
Friday, August 7, 199214.2/3020.7
Saturday, August 8, 199213.8/3020.9
Sunday, August 9, 199214.2/2621.368
1994 Winter (Lillehammer)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Saturday, February 12, 199420.9/34not
available
33.835
Sunday, February 13, 199429.4/4145.9
Monday, February 14, 199421.8/34not
available
Tuesday, February 15, 199426.8/40
Wednesday, February 16, 199422.8/34
Thursday, February 17, 199426.2/39
Friday, February 18, 199427.7/43
Saturday, February 19, 199425.9/43
Sunday, February 20, 199429.3/44
Monday, February 21, 199427.9/4241.6
Tuesday, February 22, 199424.9/3636.4
Wednesday, February 23, 199448.5/6478.7
Thursday, February 24, 199423.1/3435.5
Friday, February 25, 199444.1/6473.5
Saturday, February 26, 199422.8/3835.7
Sunday, February 27, 199422.9/3434.493
1996 Summer (Atlanta)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, July 19, 199623.6/45not
available
39.767
Saturday, July 20, 199617.2/3726.3
Sunday, July 21, 199622.9/4236.4
Monday, July 22, 199624.0/4036.6
Tuesday, July 23, 199627.0/4541.8
Wednesday, July 24, 199623.6/4235.4
Thursday, July 25, 199627.5/4742.7
Friday, July 26, 199619.1/3828.9
Saturday, July 27, 199619.9/4130.9
Sunday, July 28, 199623.4/4337.1
Monday, July 29, 199626.4/4740.2
Tuesday, July 30, 199621.3/3931.2
Wednesday, July 31, 199619.8/3828.9
Thursday, August 1, 199620.7/3929.8
Friday, August 2, 199616.1/3323.6
Saturday, August 3, 199615.8/3423.1
Sunday, August 4, 199621.8/4034.109
1998 Winter (Nagano)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 6, 199817.1/298.427.185
Saturday, February 7, 199812.3/226.219.83
Sunday, February 8, 199820.2/3011.232.06
Monday, February 9, 199814.8/23 22.52
Tuesday, February 10, 199818.2/309.9/2726.90
Wednesday, February 11, 199815.3/24 22.63
Thursday, February 12, 199819.3/3011.0/2829.19
Friday, February 13, 199814.8/26 22.97
Saturday, February 14, 199815.4/288.8/2724.54
Sunday, February 15, 199818.0/2810.5/2428.79
Monday, February 16, 199814.9/23 22.41
Tuesday, February 17, 199813.5/21 20.12
Wednesday, February 18, 199820.7/3212.131.39
Thursday, February 19, 199813.9/227.3/1920.36
Friday, February 20, 199823.2/38 38.18
Saturday, February 21, 199812.0/226.718.5
Sunday, February 22, 199812.0/18 18.421
2000 Summer (Sydney)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, September 15, 200016.2/299.5/2927.272
Saturday, September 16, 200013.1/257.821.019
Sunday, September 17, 200014.6/249.423.883
Monday, September 18, 200013.8/238.2/2321.051
Tuesday, September 19, 200015.5/269.7/2824.060
Wednesday, September 20, 200014.6/258.822.315
Thursday, September 21, 200014.9/269.322.969
Friday, September 22, 200015.0/278.723.289
Saturday, September 23, 200013.5/258.421.869
Sunday, September 24, 200014.6/2410.425.911
Monday, September 25, 200015.7/269.6/2624.417
Tuesday, September 26, 200012.4/217.318.633
Wednesday, September 27, 200013.9/247.620.423
Thursday, September 28, 200014.0/248.120.838
Friday, September 29, 200010.6/205.415.544
Saturday, September 30, 200010.5/205.916.296
Sunday, October 1, 200010.8/175.616.706
2002 Winter (Salt Lake City)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 8, 200225.5/4215.4/4145.562
Saturday, February 9, 200217.1/309.8/2729.409
Sunday, February 10, 200217.6/2711.0/2530.201
Monday, February 11, 200219.6/3011.1/2631.528
Tuesday, February 12, 200218.5/2910.3/2629.762
Wednesday, February 13, 200217.5/2810.4/2727.425
Thursday, February 14, 200217.6/299.7/2628.183
Friday, February 15, 200215.8/278.5/2525.883
Saturday, February 16, 200214.0/258.8/2624.116
Sunday, February 17, 200217.1/269.3/2228.413
Monday, February 18, 200217.1/268.9/2126.482
Tuesday, February 19, 200222.3/3313.5/3336.739
Wednesday, February 20, 200219.5/3111.7/3031.979
Thursday, February 21, 200226.8/4115.9/3943.311
Friday, February 22, 200217.7/319.5/2829.157
Saturday, February 23, 200215.7/279.2/2627.071
Sunday, February 24, 200222.3/3313.1/2938.738
2004 Summer (Athens)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, August 13, 200414.6/278.0/2525.384
Saturday, August 14, 200411.8/236.9/2319.819
Sunday, August 15, 200415.4/269.8/2725.819
Monday, August 16, 200416.6/279.9/2727.109
Tuesday, August 17, 200418.3/3011.1/3030.146
Wednesday, August 18, 200417.3/2910.4/3028.396
Thursday, August 19, 200419.3/3211.7/3331.705
Friday, August 20, 200414.4/277.9/2623.749
Saturday, August 21, 200413.6/268.1/2622.544
Sunday, August 22, 200415.8/289.5/2726.039
Monday, August 23, 200416.4/279.6/2625.943
Tuesday, August 24, 200415.7/268.7/2424.972
Wednesday, August 25, 200415.3/268.7/2524.265
Thursday, August 26, 200413.8/247.5/2221.515
Friday, August 27, 200412.5/236.9/2220.141
Saturday, August 28, 200411.1/215.7/1818.029
Sunday, August 29, 200411.9/205.6/1519.563
2006 Winter (Torino)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 10, 200612.8/216.5/1922.174
Saturday, February 11, 200613.5/236.7/1923.239
Sunday, February 12, 200613.3/207.5/1723.244
Monday, February 13, 200612.8/196.1/1521.069
Tuesday, February 14, 200611.3/185.6/1418.045
Wednesday, February 15, 200611.3/186.0/1517.867
Thursday, February 16, 200611.9/196.1/1619.378
Friday, February 17, 200611.2/195.5/1618.928
Saturday, February 18, 200611.3/196.3/1819.673
Sunday, February 19, 200611.6/185.5/1319.238
Monday, February 20, 200613.6/216.8/1722.482
Tuesday, February 21, 200615.5/237.5/1825.079
Wednesday, February 22, 200610.0/154.8/1216.007
Thursday, February 23, 200615.8/248.1/2025.723
Friday, February 24, 20069.7/174.4/1315.932
Saturday, February 25, 20069.7/175.1/1516.544
Sunday, February 26, 20068.9/133.8/914.837
2008 Summer (Beijing)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, August 8, 200818.8/3410.3/3234.891
Saturday, August 9, 200813.9/278.0/2724.082
Sunday, August 10, 200818.1/3111.2/3132.256
Monday, August 11, 200817.6/2910.6/2930.173
Tuesday, August 12, 200819.9/3412.4/3434.014
Wednesday, August 13, 200816.7/289.4/2727.656
Thursday, August 14, 200817.9/3110.4/3029.708
Friday, August 15, 200815.4/288.5/2826.071
Saturday, August 16, 200817.8/3210.6/3331.593
Sunday, August 17, 200816.0/279.2/2627.184
Monday, August 18, 200815.8/268.9/2426.374
Tuesday, August 19, 200816.3/279.1/2626.629
Wednesday, August 20, 200815.2/268.4/2524.755
Thursday, August 21, 200813.8/237.3/2222.438
Friday, August 22, 200810.7/195.5/1817.876
Saturday, August 23, 200810.3/195.1/1616.756
Sunday, August 24, 200815.5/258.2/2127.834
2010 Winter (Vancouver)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 12, 201017.3/309.0/2732.641
Saturday, February 13, 201014.0/257.6/2326.189
Sunday, February 14, 201014.3/237.0/1926.372
Monday, February 15, 201014.2/227.1/1825.224
Tuesday, February 16, 201012.2/195.5/1420.330
Wednesday, February 17, 201016.7/279.0/2429.416
Thursday, February 18, 201014.5/247.0/1924.782
Friday, February 19, 201013.4/235.4/1723.304
Saturday, February 20, 201014.7/267.4/2326.668
Sunday, February 21, 201013.2/215.9/1523.294
Monday, February 22, 201012.5/205.4/1420.926
Tuesday, February 23, 201012.6/205.5/1421.279
Wednesday, February 24, 201011.9/195.5/1519.808
Thursday, February 25, 201013.6/236.1/1722.920
Friday, February 26, 201013.9/246.5/2024.522
Saturday, February 27, 201011.7/214.8/1520.630
Sunday, February 28, 201012.1/195.5/1421.403
2012 Summer (London)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, July 27, 201221.0/3712.2/3840.651
Saturday, July 28, 201215.8/298.828.715
Sunday, July 29, 201219.8/3311.6/3236.047
Monday, July 30, 201218.0/2910.6/2931.582
Tuesday, July 31, 201221.8/3512.8/3538.719
Wednesday, August 1, 201217.9/309.9/2930.804
Thursday, August 2, 201221.1/3611.9/3536.799
Friday, August 3, 201216.2/298.7/2928.508
Saturday, August 4, 201215.9/298.627.964
Sunday, August 5, 201217.5/2910.2/2831.262
Monday, August 6, 201215.8/258.3/2326.572
Tuesday, August 7, 201217.6/299.6/2830.146
Wednesday, August 8, 201216.8/289.4/2729.093
Thursday, August 9, 201213.6/237.0/2022.857
Friday, August 10, 201213.2/246.6/2122.494
Saturday, August 11, 201212.6/236.221.792
Sunday, August 12, 201217.0/279.2/2431.011
2014 Winter (Sochi)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 7, 201417.0/288.60/2631.690
Saturday, February 8, 201413.9/246.2625.115
Sunday, February 9, 201414.4/227.25/1826.323
Monday, February 10, 201412.8/206.45/1722.395
Tuesday, February 11, 201413.7/226.59/1823.722
Wednesday, February 12, 201412.1/195.58/1620.809
Thursday, February 13, 201413.4/215.95/1722.944
Friday, February 14, 201410.9/194.52/1519.109
Saturday, February 15, 20149.6/174.3517.097
Sunday, February 16, 201412.1/194.86/1321.270
Monday, February 17, 201413.8/215.65/1523.546
Tuesday, February 18, 201411.2/184.99/1418.934
Wednesday, February 19, 201412.2/205.01/1520.187
Thursday, February 20, 201412.2/204.99/1520.286
Friday, February 21, 20148.8/153.61/1214.934
Saturday, February 22, 20147.8/142.8413.280
Sunday, February 23, 20148.8/153.23/815.117
2016 Summer (Rio de Janiero)
DAYHH
rating/share
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, August 5, 201613.9/277.5/3026.488
Saturday, August 6, 201611.4/235.9/2520.633
Sunday, August 7, 201616.1/309.1/3229.779
Monday, August 8, 201616.4/288.6/2928.861
Tuesday, August 9, 201618.9/3310.0/3533.440
Wednesday, August 10, 201615.1/277.7/2726.447
Thursday, August 11, 201617.8/329.1/3231.215
Friday, August 12, 201613.7/266.4/2524.019
Saturday, August 13, 201611.4/235.9/2525.524
Sunday, August 14, 201614.9/277.9/2726.749
Monday, August 15, 201614.1/247.0/2424.267
Tuesday, August 16, 201614.3/256.9/2524.135
Wednesday, August 17, 201612.3/225.8/2220.683
Thursday, August 18, 201612.8/236.1/2221.700
Friday, August 19, 201611.6/225.5/2220.050
Saturday, August 20, 20169.0/183.8/1615.411
Sunday, August 21, 20169.8/174.1/1517.034
2018 Winter (Pyeongchang)
DAYHH
rating
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, February 9, 201814.76.53/2727.837
Saturday, February 10, 201811.64.81/2021.394
Sunday, February 11, 201812.45.39/1922.676
Monday, February 12, 201811.55.16/2020.295
Tuesday, February 13, 201811.85.21/2020.499
Wednesday, February 14, 20189.94.00/1717.042
Thursday, February 15, 20189.63.91/1616.196
Friday, February 16, 20189.43.84/1716.579
Saturday, February 17, 20188.23.46/1414.520
Sunday, February 18, 20189.13.81/1416.375
Monday, February 19, 20189.53.81/1416.357
Tuesday, February 20, 201810.33.96/1617.519
Wednesday, February 21, 20188.33.34/1414.160
Thursday, February 22, 20189.03.46/1415.231
Friday, February 23, 20187.42.90/1312.895
Saturday, February 24, 20186.72.22/1011.691
Sunday, February 25, 20188.32.96/1114.780
2020 Summer (Tokyo, 2021)
DAYHH
rating
A18-49
rating/share
Viewers
(millions)
Friday, July 23, 20215.99/172.68/2311.976
Saturday, July 24, 20216.50/182.88/2412.616
Sunday, July 25, 20218.82/224.04/2816.822
Monday, July 26, 20218.07/203.51/2514.747
Tuesday, July 27, 20217.81/203.32/2513.967
Wednesday, July 28, 20216.83/172.82/2112.269
Thursday, July 29, 20218.80/223.64/2616.171
Friday, July 30, 20216.40/172.62/2211.734
Saturday, July 31, 20215.77/162.34/2110.906
Sunday, August 1, 20217.03/182.88/2013.020
Monday, August 2, 20217.57/193.02/2213.706
Tuesday, August 3, 20218.06/202.97/2314.303
Wednesday, August 4, 20216.15/152.40/1911.001
Thursday, August 5, 20216.19/162.28/1810.969
Friday, August 6, 20215.37/152.27/209.811
Saturday, August 7, 20214.65/131.62/158.453
Sunday, August 8, 20214.92/131.56/128.818

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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