There should be a lot of bleary eyes among workers in Western New York this morning. The surprising bronze medal performance of the injury-depleted United States men's gymnastic team Monday night at the Beijing Olympics pulled a 17.0 rating on Channel 2 at 12:15 a.m.. That means 17 percent of the area's households were tuned in shortly before Alexander Artemev's exceptional performance on the pommel horse saved his team's medal hopes.
The U.S. team finished behind gold medal winner China and silver medalist Japan.
Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, continues to get higher ratings than the national average during the Olympics. Monday's coverage of gymnastics and the performance of the U.S. swimming team, including Michael Phelps' third gold medal, averaged a 20.4 rating from 8 p.m. to midnight. At 12:30 a.m. -- about the time the gymnastic team competition ended -- the rating was an exceptionally strong 16.4.
-- Alan Pergament