Even though some folks weren't too pleased that NBC decided to withhold the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London so they could air it for US primetime Friday night, it certainly paid off…and broke some RECORDS in the process!
That's right, 40.7 MILLION VIEWERS tuned in to watch the Danny Boyle-directed spectacle, marking it the MOST-WATCHED Summer Games opening EVER, and also the MOST-WATCHED NON-U.S. Olympics opener ever!
In fact, the only ceremony it falls behind was that of the 2002 Salt Like City Winter games!
Not too shabby!
And with the AH-MAZINGness that was the James Bond/Queen Elizabeth sketch, we honestly can't say we're too surprised!
If you haven't yet seen this, watch (above)!
And check out the full list of average Olympic viewers on record…AFTER THE JUMP!
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