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During the Vancouver games in 2010, the 32.7 million people who watched opening night represented the largest audience of any night, according to the Nielsen company. NBC’s prime-time coverage for the Vancouver games as a whole averaged 24.4 million viewers.

EYE ON COSTAS: No, Bob Costas wasn’t in permanent wink mode. He wore glasses on set because he woke up with his left eye swollen shut. It was half open and very red while on the air. He said NBC’s doctors assured him he’d be better by the weekend.

TO PODIUM: No doubt snowboarders have a language of their own, dude. Still jarring to hear NBC analyst Todd Richards use the word “podium” as a verb.


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