Discovery Reports Strong Opening Weekend Of Olympic Winter Games Including Record Viewership Across Key Markets

New Measurement of Total Video – the new ‘TV’ – results in 212 Million users engaging with the Olympic Games across all screens, approaching 1 Billion Video Views

Includes New Record Shares in Norway, Sweden and Germany

Johannes Thingnes Bøe competing in Men’s Biathlon Final on Sunday Feb 11th secured 90% share on TVNorge in Norway

PYEONGCHANG, Wednesday, February 14: A landmark Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and exhilarating initial days of competition attracted audiences on every screen and service across Europe. Discovery today announced the first set of Total Video metrics – the new ‘TV’ – marking a game-changing start to the company’s inaugural Olympic Winter Games as Home of the Olympics in Europe*, with strong linear and digital engagement on its own platforms and those of its partners.

In the first weekend of PyeongChang 2018:

  • 373 million hours of video was watched across Europe.
  • An average free-to-air and pay TV audience of 186 million, plus an additional 26 Million users through digital and social platforms, resulted in 212 Million users viewing the Olympic Games across all platforms.
  • With innovative and exclusive content and access to many of the world’s greatest Winter Olympians as experts, new audiences across social media are showing their appreciation with a total of 1.1 Million engagements (likes, shares and comments) across Discovery’s social media platforms.

Friday’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony across Europe resulted in almost 88 Million watching across free-to-air, pay TV, online and social platforms.

Jean-Briac Perrette, Discovery Networks International President and CEO, said: “From the beginning, Discovery set an ambitious vision to bring the Olympic Games to more people across more screens in Europe than ever before. This new approach required a new way of capturing a more accurate picture of fan engagement and we are excited to announce our first set of Total Video – the new ‘TV’ — metrics.

The first weekend of PyeongChang 2018 has been incredibly exciting and fans across Europe have been engaged in every minute, from the beautiful Opening Ceremony to the riveting first two days of competition. As the medal table starts to fill up, we are keeping count of the levels of engagement through our own services and those of our partners. We are very encouraged by the early results and are finding great value in this new and more comprehensive way to capture Total Video consumption and engagement.”

A Record-Setting Weekend for Discovery’s Broadcast Channels

Discovery’s Kanal 5 in Sweden achieved its highest ever audience share of 73% on Saturday with the first medal of PyeongChang 2018 going to Charlotte Kalla in women’s skiathlon.

Thanks to an impressive start in the medal race from Norway, achieving nine Olympic Medals in the initial days of competition, Eurosport and Discovery’s Olympic content was consumed by over 3 Million Norwegians on Sunday Feb 11th, and Discovery’s TVNorge achieved a highest-ever 90% audience share for the Men’s 10km Sprint Biathlon Final.

In Germany, Andreas Wellinger’s superb display to win the Men’s Ski Jump Final on Saturday Feb 10th helped contribute to Discovery Germany achieving its own all-time high, delivering nearly 2 Million unique users on owned and operated, digital and social media properties in the first few days of the Games.

Discovery’s original, digital-first content creates more ways to engage with the Games

Eurosport Cube – a first-of-its-kind Augmented Reality studio featuring the best known and most established Winter Sports stars such as Bode Miller – is delivering an innovative approach to attracting new fans on linear, pay TV and also contributing to over 1.1 Million engagements (likes, shares and comments) to date across Discovery’s digital and social media properties.

Tongan flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, and his remarkable appearance at the Opening Ceremony resulted in a new deal with Eurosport UK, following posts on @Eurosport_UK reaching over half a million people shortly after his entrance to the stadium. The taekwondo-fighter-turned-cross-country-skier will produce an exclusive video diary from PyeongChang. Fans can watch daily video updates from “Pita the penguin” pre- and post-competition, as he lives his Olympic dream.

**Eurosport is Home of the Olympics in Europe. Excludes France 2018-2020.  Excludes Russia. Eurosport will be an Official Broadcaster in the UK 2018 and 2020.

Click here to access more information about Discovery’s Total Video Measurement approach.

About Discovery Communications:
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and captivates superfans around the globe with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Available in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s programming reaches 3 billion cumulative viewers, who together consume 54 billion hours of Discovery content each year. Discovery’s offering extends beyond traditional TV to all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio and Discovery Kids Play; over-the-top streaming services such as Eurosport Player; digital-first and social video from Group Nine Media; and virtual reality storytelling through Discovery VR. For more information, please visit

Eurosport is the number one sport destination in Europe, fuelling the passion of fans and connecting them with the greatest sports events in the world. As the new Home of the Olympic Games in Europe, Eurosport will deliver the ultimate Games experience to more people, on more screens, than ever before – bringing fans closer to their local heroes through year-long storytelling. Eurosport’s dedicated Olympic Winter Games website – – and the Eurosport app (available for iOS and Android) will be the only place fans across Europe can watch every minute, every athlete and every sport online, on mobile and on tablet devices. Firmly established as the Home of Cycling, Grand Slam Tennis and Winter Sport, Eurosport channels – Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 and Eurosportnews – reach 236 million cumulative subscribers across 94 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. is Europe’s No 1 online sports news website with an average of 60 million unique users per month. Eurosport Events specializes in the management and promotion of international sporting events. More information is available by visiting