BBC has said that the London 2012 Olympic Games delivered
the biggest television event in the UK since current measuring
systems began, with 51.9 million (90 per cent of the UK population)
watching at least 15 minutes of coverage. 24.2 million (42
per cent of the UK population) also watched at least 15 minutes
of coverage on the BBC Red Button.
Closing Ceremony was watched by a peak audience of 26.3 million
and an average audience of 23.2 million (82 per cent share).
This compares to an Opening Ceremony peak audience of 27.3
million and an average audience of 23.4 million (84% share).
One controller Danny Cohen said, "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."
10 viewing peaks:
1. Opening Ceremony, Friday 27 July - 27.3 million
2. Closing Ceremony, Sunday 12 August - 26.3 million
3. Mens 100m Final Bolt wins gold, Sunday 5 August
- 20 million
4. Mo Farah wins 10000m gold, Saturday 4 August - 17.1 million
5. Jess Ennis wins Heptathlon gold, Saturday 4 August - 16.3
6. Tom Daley wins diving bronze, Saturday 11 August
- 15.9 million (inc. BBC One/Three and BBC Red Button)
7. Greg Rutherford Long Jump gold, Saturday 4 August - 15.6
8. Mens 200m Final Bolt wins second gold, Thursday
9 August - 15.4 million
9. Mo Farah wins 5000m gold, Saturday 11 August - 12.9 million
10. Sally Pearson wins 110m hurdles gold, Tuesday 7 August
- 12.1 million