Numbers from NBC Sports show the ceremony from Sochi, Russia, drew a 20.4 rating and 33 share in the Buffalo viewing market. That tied Buffalo for ninth with Portland, Ore. The top market was Minneapolis, followed by Salt Lake City and Fort Myers, Fla.
Nationwide, the ceremony drew an 18.5 rating and 30 share. That was down 8 percent from the 2010 games in Vancouver but up 26 percent from 2006, when – like the Sochi ceremony – the opening was tape-delayed from Torino, Italy.
The Buffalo viewing market is nearly always a top-10 viewing market for all NBC and NBC Sports Network NHL broadcasts. Buffalo is also usually the top U.S. market for viewership for each summer's Stanley Cup finals, outside of the two participating cities.
Sabres fans have several rooting interests in the games. Goalie Ryan Miller is playing for the United States. Blueliner Henrik Tallinder and goalie Jhonas Enroth are playing for Sweden. Zemgus Girgensons is playing for Latvia and will be coached by Sabres coach Ted Nolan.
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