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2012 London Olympics: The Most-Watched Event In U.S. Television History, According To NBC

Even with the constant backlash from viewers, NBC has announced that the 2012 London Olympics is the most-watched event in U.S. television history, as ESPN's Darren Rovell reports. About 219.4 million Americans tuned into NBC for the Summer Games at some point in the past two-plus weeks.

NBC drew the ire of many viewers recently, especially on social media, for deciding to tape-delay many of the biggest events from London, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Even with the events streaming live online, NBC did just fine with its television broadcasts, setting an American record along the way.

The Summer Olympics were a blast this year, with unreal athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, LeBron James, Mo Farah and Allyson Felix giving London some serious star power. Given the ratings, it appears that most Americans didn't miss out on the action.

Stay with this StoryStream for more London coverage, and head over to SB Nation's Olympic hub for more analysis on the 2012 Summer Games.

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