Jennifer Armstrong
February 15, 2010 AT 06:18 PM EST

With 97 million viewers tuning in for the first two days of the Vancouver Olympics on NBC networks, the total audience is up 9 million over the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. That marks the highest viewership since the 1994 Lillehammer games, which were fueled by the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding scandal. Saturday night’s average 26.2 million viewers put it 13 percent higher than the first Saturday night of the 2006 games.

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