Danny Boyle can be proud as his outstanding 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony make television history for NBC garnering over 40 million viewers topping the 2008 summer games opener in Beijing. Below are several clips from the Opening Ceremony to check out including the infamous Queen Elizabeth II jumping out of the chopper to parachute with Daniel Craig’s James Bond.
Naturally, NBC immediately reported today that they had earned the highest rating for a non-US Olympics opening ceremony in television history. Boyle’s ceremony averaged 40.7 million viewers for the proud as a Peacock today network, which tops the 1996 Atlanta games (39.8) for the largest Summer Olympics opening ceremony in history. Beijing averaged 34.9 million. Even with a tape delay and the usual internet leaks, the number blew everyone away. As expected, it was the most watched event in Britain this year, with an audience of 22.4 million, and the highest-rated Olympics opener in at least two decades for them.
It was great to see that I wasn’t alone in my effusive review of the event, and now I can’t wait to see Boyle’s next movie as this really put him on an international radar higher than when he won the Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire. Even though Daniel Craig was able to do a big publicity stunt for his upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall, having Queen Elizabeth as part of it made it feel not so promotional.
Even though the IOC’s decided to deny the recognition of the 40th anniversary of the killing of 12 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Games, Bob Costas had a twelve second of silence for that tragedy. This is definitely going to be an Opening Ceremony that won’t be forgotten for a very long time.