Pictures of the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics

Who's Watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics?

The opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics took place at the symbolic 8:08:08 local time (early this morning for the US) but it's due to broadcast starting on America's East Coast at 7:30 p.m. (and 7:30 p.m., PDT as well.)

The $100 million extravaganza (more than twice the cost of 2004's show) drew 91,000 spectators watching the 35,000 fireworks and almost 3,000 lights during the four-hour ceremony. The capper of the event is gymnast Li Ning, three-time Chinese Gold medalist being lifted by wires, circling the entire stadium in the air before using the torch to light the massive Olympic cauldron.

The anticipated audience stands to make this the most-watched television event ever. If you're watching, let us know what you're thinking! Which athletes are you rooting for? What caught your attention? If it's not on yet where you are, there are tons of amazing pics below that might make you feel like you were there. To check them out, read more.