Olympic Viewing: Big streams, drag queens DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
Highlights from television coverage of the Sochi Olympics:
RATINGS: An estimated 18.9 million viewers watched NBC's Olympics coverage on Tuesday night, down from 21.3 million in Vancouver in 2010 and 25.1 million in Turin in 2006 on the corresponding night — although those nights four and eight years ago had women's figure skating, and this Tuesday didn't, the Nielsen company said. NBC also has an idea of what many people were doing at work on Wednesday: Nearly 800,000 people streamed portions of the U.S.-Czech Republic hockey game on computers or devices. A total of 24.1 million minutes of the game were streamed, nearly 10 million more than the second most-streamed event of the games (the U.S.-Russia hockey game, which happened on a weekend).
ICE CAPADES: NBC says it has locked in 7 p.m. ET Sunday for the airing of "Nancy & Tonya," its one-hour documentary on the 1994 incident involving skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, where Kerrigan was whacked in the legs by men hired by Harding's ex-husband. The film features fresh interviews with the two skaters. A completely different remembrance starts this week on the Logo cable television network: "Ice Queens" is a retelling of the story performed entirely by drag queens.
BLEAK DAY BY BLACK SEA: Mike Milbury on the USA Network captured the host country's mood after Finland ousted Russia in men's hockey, shutting the home team out of a medal. "It's a day of infamy in Russia," Milbury said.
ALL YUNA, ALL THE TIME: There's no question where South Korea's focus was on the opening day of the women's figure skating competition. Twitter released a composite of the most-retweeted pictures from the country on Wednesday — and virtually all were of Yuna Kim, the defending skating gold medalist.
PARALYMPICS: NBC Sports says it will televise 52 hours of coverage from the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games from Sochi, starting with the opening ceremony on March 7. All but four of the hours will be on the NBC Sports Network cable channel. Five winter sports will be televised: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, wheelchair curling and sled hockey.