2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Re-Broadcast Dominates Friday Night Ratings

by Joe Rutland

NBC scored a victory with its Friday night rebroadcast of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony, beating out other networks’ programming.

According to an article from TVLine, NBC’s coverage posted a 2.3 demo rating and averaged 10.44 million viewers during the broadcast. CBS aired “Secret Celebrity Renovation” and “Love Island” against the Olympics. “Secret Celebrity Renovation” had 2.1 million viewers while its demo rating dipped by 0.2. “Love Island” had 1.4 million viewers yet held steady in its demo at 0.3.

Fox brought “Friday Night Smackdown” to pro wrestling fans. That show had 2 million viewers yet dipped in the demo rating area by 0.5.

As for The CW, there might be some adjustments in numbers, according to TVLine, due to Major League Baseball pre-emptions. But “Charmed” had its season finale draw 680,000 viewers with an 0.1 demo rating. “Dynasty” had 500,000 viewers and a 0.1 demo rating. Both numbers represent boosts in the shows’ viewership.

But it’s pretty clear that NBC scored a gold-medal win for Friday night’s primetime schedule. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony actually happened earlier on Friday and was shown live across NBC’s different platforms. Then, the rebroadcast was done on Friday night when more eyeballs could be on the event.

For the United States, women’s basketball player Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were flag bearers and carried “Old Glory” into the Olympic Stadium.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Didn’t Include US Gymnasts

Simone Biles and the rest of the US Gymnastics Team did not participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. The gymnastics competition started on Saturday and the team also had to move from Olympic Village to a hotel after an alternate tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.

“The amount of standing is crazy,” Biles responded in a Q&A Instagram post. “USA is usually at the end as well because alphabetical. We start the following day [Saturday]. So it wouldn’t be smart.”

As for moving the US Gymnastics Team into a hotel at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, coach Cecile Landi said on Sunday “it was also a decision that we all made together.”

“We know it isn’t ideal for the Olympic experience but nothing is ideal during a pandemic,” Landi said. “We feel like we can control the athletes and our safety better in a hotel setting!”

Now one thing Outsiders like to do is dress properly for their activities. Olympic athletes do, too. Sometimes, these athletes will be penalized for dress code violations.

The Norwegian women’s beach handball team is competing but recently was fined for a dress code violation.  The European Handball Federation fined the team the equivalent of $175 per player. Why? Because the team chose to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms, according to a CNN report.