Spectacular, stunning, spell-binding. Beijing’s cutting-edge Opening Ceremony, the creation of famed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou working with a $300 million budget, raised the bar on Olympic entertainment and lived up to its impossible hype. NBC’s reward: 34.2 million viewers, the best ratings of any non-U.S. summer opening ceremonies. Many Olympic fans searched for a live presentation online but this was a telecast made for high-definition and home theater.