London 2012 Olympics deliver record viewing figures for BBC

It's been a phenomenal Games and Team GB's amazing achievements have helped draw huge audiences to BBC One and put the channel right at the heart of the action."Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One
Date: 13.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: Sport
The London 2012 Olympic Games delivered the biggest national television event since current measuring systems began, with 51.9m (90% of the UK population) watching at least 15 minutes of coverage. 24.2m (42% of the UK population) also watched at least 15 minutes of coverage on the BBC Red Button.

Last night’s Closing Ceremony was watched by a peak audience of 26.3m and an average audience of 23.2m (82% share). This compares to an Opening Ceremony peak audience of 27.3m and an average audience of 23.4m (84% share). (Note: audience figures differ slightly from the original figures put out for the Opening Ceremony as these now include figures across all channels).

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, says: "It has been an absolute privilege to broadcast the London 2012 Olympics on BBC One. It's been a phenomenal Games and Team GB's amazing achievements have helped draw huge audiences to BBC One and put the channel right at the heart of the action. We've had fantastic feedback about the quality of the BBC's coverage and all the teams involved deserve huge thanks and praise."

Top 10 viewing peaks (includes BBC One and BBC Red Button unless stated)

1. Opening Ceremony, Friday 27 July - 27.3m

2. Closing Ceremony, Sunday 12 August - 26.3m

3. Men’s 100m Final – Bolt wins gold, Sunday 5 August - 20.0m

4. Mo Farah wins 10000m gold, Saturday 4 August - 17.1m

5. Jess Ennis wins Heptathlon gold, Saturday 4 August -  16.3m

6. Tom Daley win’s diving bronze, Saturday 11 August -  15.9m (inc. BBC One/Three and BBC Red Button)

7. Greg Rutherford Long Jump gold, Saturday 4 August - 15.6m

8. Men’s 200m Final – Bolt wins second gold, Thursday 9 August -  15.4m

9. Mo Farah wins 5000m gold, Saturday 11 August - 12.9m

10. Sally Pearson wins 110m hurdles gold, Tuesday 7 August -  12.1m

Biggest National TV events (since current measuring systems began)

90% London 2012 Olympic Games

81% World Cup 2002

69% Diamond Jubilee

61% Kate & William Royal Wedding

Full details of digital statistics from the Olympics are available here

Every moment of the London 2012 Olympic Games is available at bbc.co.uk/sport until 13 January 2013.

BBC Radio 5 live and Radio 5 live Sports Extra will be the home of all the major commentary action and reporting from the London 2012 Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September.

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