According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen, the closing ceremony for the Games in Sochi, Russia, drew 15.3 million viewers on average. Those statistics are down significantly from the Vancouver closer, which averaged 18 million viewers.
That's not surprising, though, given that ratings from the 2010 event probably benefited from live coverage and the gold medal hockey game between the United States and Canada that day.
Based on the numbers available so far, the Sochi Olympics brought in an average of 21.2 million viewers through its complete run, down 13% from Vancouver. In the advertiser-desired 18-to-49 demographic, the games were down 17% from 2010 and 10% from the Torino Olympics in 2006. However, the overall audience for Sochi was bigger than Torino's 20.2 million.
NBC gave its new comedy "Growing Up Fisher" a post-Olympics debut and its preliminary ratings are unreliable because of its 10:36 p.m. start time. Based on the early numbers, it looks like 9.3 million people were tuned in. "Fisher" generated a 2.1 in the key demographic, lower than NBC's preview of
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