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Sochi Olympics: Medal count and NBC ratings soar in 2014

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After six days of athletic competition in Sochi, the medal count continues to soar, as do the ratings for NBC and its coverage of the 2014 Olympics. As of Feb. 12, which countries have won the most medals so far and which are still on the hunt for their first? Plus, how are the ratings for NBC and its continuing coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia? According to the Huffington Post on Feb. 11, ratings are strong, but a bit weaker than they were in Vancouver.

Fans of Team USA should be happy with the day six medal count. Norway, Canada and the Netherlands lead in gold medals with four each, but the United States is close behind with three. The Russian Federation, the host country of the 2014 Olympics, has won two gold medals, but ties the USA in total number of Olympic medals won (9 each).

Historically, Norway has won the most Gold medals during the Winter Olympics, but the United States comes in second place with a total of 253. Overall, the Soviet Union, Norway and East Germany have been the big medal winners at the Winter Games.

The following members of Team USA have won Gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, as posed by NBC Olympics on Feb. 12:

  • Sage Kotsenburg (Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle)
  • Jamie Anderson (Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle)
  • Kaitlyn Farrington (Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe)

Below is the Sochi medal count after six days of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics:

  1. First place: Norway (4 golds, 3 silvers and 5 bronze medals) = 12
  2. Tied for second place: Canada (4 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze) and the Netherlands (4 golds, 2 silvers and 4 bronze medals) = 10 each
  3. Tied for third place: USA (3 golds, 1 silver and 5 bronze) and Russian Federation (2 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze medals) = 9 each

NBC is also a big winner at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. According to TV By the Numbers, the Sochi opening ceremony on Feb. 7 pulled in more than 31 million viewers in the USA and was ranked as the night's top program by far. Its closest competitor was “Undercover Boss” on ABC, which drew an audience of 5.03 million viewers in comparison. However, as posted by “Entertainment Weekly,” the opening ceremony in Sochi drew in fewer viewers than the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but the slight drop could be due to the time difference and the fact that NBC’s coverage was not live.

Below is the TV schedule for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on NBC, NBCSN, USA MSNBC and CNBC for Thursday, Feb. 13:

  • 10 a.m. EST: NBCSN – Nordic Combined (Individual Normal Hill - X-Country Phase), Figure Skating (Pairs Free Skate)
  • 12:30 p.m. EST: USA Network – Hockey (CZE vs. SWE)
  • 12:30 p.m. EST: MSNBC – Hockey (LAT vs. SUI)
  • 2 p.m. EST: NBCSN – Luge (Men’s Doubles)
  • 3 p.m. EST: NBC – Nordic Combined (Individual Normal Hill)
  • 5 p.m. EST: NBCSN: Curling (Canada vs. GBR)
  • 5:30 p.m. EST: Hockey (Game of the Day)
  • 8 p.m. EST: NBC – Primetime (Alpine Skiing (Women's Downhill), Speed Skating (Men's 1000m), Snowboarding (Women's Halfpipe), Figure Skating (Pairs Free)

To view the entire TV schedule for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC, simply click on this NBC Olympics link and then choose the date/time.

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