How Many Will Watch the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics?
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WHEN YOU HEAR "ENGLAND," what do you picture? If it's lush, rolling green hills and lots of sheep and cows, that's pretty much what you'll get in this year's Olympics Opening Ceremonies in London. Designed by English art director Danny Boyle (director of "Slumdog Millionaire," "Trainspotting," and "28 Days Later," among other films) and costing a cool $42M, the Opening Ceremonies will be called "Isles of Wonder" (from a speech in Shakespeare's The Tempest) and will reportedly represent all things British--including fake "clouds" that are set to supply real rain for an authentic experience, should it be unseasonably sunny on the summer evening. Queen Elizabeth, Daniel Craig (as James Bond), and Paul McCartney are all set to make appearances. In past years, U.S. Audiences were in the 20-30 million range for the Olympics Opening Ceremonies; Sydney in 2000 had 27.3M, Athens in 2004 had 25.4M, and Beijing in 2008 had 34.2M viewers. So how many Americans will have their eyes on London this July? We're betting it'll be a big number -- and the upper 30 million range isn't out of the question. Tally-ho!