2020 Tokyo Olympics: Ratings Fall to Summer Low, Closing Ceremony Flops

by Joe Rutland

Television ratings for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ended up being really down, with even the Closing Ceremony simply flopping.

The closing ceremony grabbed 8.8 million viewers on Sunday night, according to an article in Deadline. But that’s not much to cheer about because it was a 40 percent decline from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 2018.

Want even worse numbers? The 2020 Tokyo Olympics had a drop of 48 in viewership from the 2016 closing ceremony at Rio.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Suffered 42 Percent Drop In Primetime Coverage

NBC announced that it averaged 15.5 million viewers during its primetime coverage. But that’s a 42 percent drop from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were held a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were down in ratings by 22 percent from the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

While these are numbers released on Monday, there might be more data and numbers connected to the Olympics still to come. But NBC probably had its worst Olympics numbers since it started showing the Games in 1988 from Seoul, South Korea.

If Olympics fans are looking for a silver lining, then you can get ready for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Those Olympics will begin on Feb. 4, 2022.

Team USA Scored Overall Medal Count Victory Over Japan

Would you like some good news from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? We have you covered.

Team USA took home the No. 1 spot in gold medals by winning 39 at the Games. In addition, the U.S. squad also picked up 41 silver medals and 33 bronze medals. Team USA’s women earned 164 medals and men earned 93 medals.

Now China was in a position to take that No. 1 spot on Sunday, the Games’ final day. But the United States added three more medals.

The United States women’s volleyball team took home the country’s first gold medal in the sport. The women’s basketball and volleyball teams were able to push us to secure the top spot with the most medals.

Allyson Felix Passed Legend Carl Lewis for Most U.S. Olympic Track Medals

Move over, Carl Lewis. There’s a new No. 1 when it comes to track and field medals from the United States and her name is Allyson Felix.

Felix, 35, was part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medal-winning 4×400-meter relay team. She’s competed in the Olympics since 2004.

An 11-time Olympic medalist, Felix joined up on the relay team with Dalilah Muhammad, Sydney McLaughlin, and Athing Mu.

Felix considered this gold medal quite special. “For me, I just really came out at peace and I wanted to soak it in completely,” she said after the victory.