U.S. household television ratings of the Summer Olympics opening ceremony from 1972 to 2016

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1972 (Munich)6.5
1976 (Montreal)11.1
1984 (Los Angeles)23.9
1988 (Seoul)15.2
1992 (Barcelona)13.8
1996 (Atlanta)23.6
2000 (Sydney)16.2
2004 (Athens)14.6
2008 (Beijing)18.8
2012 (London)21
2016 (Rio de Janeiro)13.9

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This timeline depicts U.S. household television ratings in the of the Summer Olympic's opening ceremony from 1972 to 2016. The highest ratings belonged to the two Olympics which took place in the United States. The 1984 opening ceremony in Los Angeles earned a rating of 23.9 and the 1996 ceremony in Atlanta earned a rating of 23.6.
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Release date
August 2016
United States
Survey time period
1988 to 2016
Supplementary notes
The 1980 Summer Olympic Games were boycotted by the United States due to the Soviet military operations in Afghanistan.
Household rating is defined as the percentage of total U.S. TV households that tuned in, on average.
Figures for the years 1972 to 2012 come from earlier publications.

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