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Many people watched many sports events in 2008

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You can make a pretty good case for 2008 as the best sports year ever, and many already have.

You can make an even better case that it was the best sports TV year ever, which Nielsen did in a report it emailed recently, details of which I will not share lest readers storm the basement in protest against Too Many Numbers.

Instead, click below for a summary of highlights from the report. You're welcome.2008 included:

The most-watched global event ever (2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 4.7 billion)

The most-watched Super Bowl ever (Giants-Patriots, Super Bowl XLII, 97.5 million)

The most-watched cable broadcast of all time (Cowboys-Eagles, Monday Night Football 18.6 million)

The most-watched cable golf event of all time (Tiger vs. Rocco, U.S. Open Playoff, 4.8 million)

The most-watched cable baseball game ever (Red Sox-Rays, ALCS Game 7, 13.4 million)

The most-watched NBA Finals in five years (Celtics-Lakers, NBA Championship Series, avg. 14.9 million)

The most-watched NHL regular season game in nine years and finals in five years (Winter Classic 2.5 million; Stanley Cup Penguins –Red Wings avg. 4.5 million)

The most-watched Wimbledon Final in eight years (Federer-Nadal, 5.2 million)

Tags: nielsen , tv , ratings , cable tv

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