10 Most-Watched Sporting Events In TV History

9. 2. Tour De France

FILE - This is a Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 file photo of Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts to his win in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. It was reported on Wednesday March 20, 2013 that Usain
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Rating: Average Viewers: 2.6billion

A slight surprise at number two on the list, but the three-week Tour de France attracts an average TV viewership of 2.6billion - but perhaps it shouldn't come as a shock seeing as cycling's most-famous Grand Tour, which takes place in July, is actually the best-attended annual sporting event on the planet.

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