NBC's Olympic coverage on Saturday av...

NBC's Olympic coverage on Saturday averages 26M viewers

There are 11 comments on the Del Mar Times story from Feb 15, 2010, titled NBC's Olympic coverage on Saturday averages 26M viewers. In it, Del Mar Times reports that:

NBC's Saturday prime-time coverage of the Winter Olympics averaged 26.2 million viewers, more than any night during the 2006 Winter Olympics, even without figure skating, according to figures released Sunday by The Nielsen Co.

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Nitsua57

Whitney, TX

#1 Feb 16, 2010
NBC fails miserably. Am I the only one that thinks that NBC is too preoccupied on showing two old guys sitting in a chair talking about what is about to happen, happened or happened years ago? And is anyone awake after the never ending string of commercials selling stuff nobody needs or wants?
USSA

East Stroudsburg, PA

#2 Feb 16, 2010
The olympics as a whole have been an epic fail so far. NBC's coverage has been lousy. The opening ceremony was monumentally boring. They couldn't even light the olympic flames properly due to a malfunction and keystone cops style confusion. The weather has been dreadful leading to cancellations and rescheduling of events. An athlete died. Speed skating was delayed for several hours because of ruts in the ice. The olympics jumped the shark years ago. It is a pageantry of athletics that no one would watch otherwise that leaves a city and host country with massive debt that will burden their taxpayers for eons to come. The event has become a farce.
Bill R

Gig Harbor, WA

#3 Feb 16, 2010
USSA wrote:
The olympics as a whole have been an epic fail so far. NBC's coverage has been lousy. The opening ceremony was monumentally boring. They couldn't even light the olympic flames properly due to a malfunction and keystone cops style confusion. The weather has been dreadful leading to cancellations and rescheduling of events. An athlete died. Speed skating was delayed for several hours because of ruts in the ice. The olympics jumped the shark years ago. It is a pageantry of athletics that no one would watch otherwise that leaves a city and host country with massive debt that will burden their taxpayers for eons to come. The event has become a farce.
Just wondering .... how is it you complain that the host
city winds up with a huge debt but thought the opening
ceremony was boring. What would you have done?

Beyond that, it seems like you are watching every moment.
USSA

New Castle, PA

#4 Feb 17, 2010
It's time to either scrap the Olympics or put them in permanent venues. Politicians use the Olympics as a red herring claiming how much revenue it will bring into the local economy then taxpayers get stuck shouldering the debt burden of putting on the games.

Look at what the Olympics did to Greece, which is now having devastating consequences on the global economy. The Olympics left them in the hole for 7 billion euros. Montreal, which hosted the Olympics back in 1976 – yes 1976, just paid off their games back in 2002. That’s 26 years, that is unacceptable.

The Vancouver Games will cost $4.6 billion more than they are expected to generate in profit. Residents of the greater Vancouver area will be stuck paying this off for generation to come. The current Olympic model is irresponsible and is not economically feasible. Losing the Chicago bid was the best thing in the world for the residents of the greater Chicago area and the US as a whole.
Bill R wrote:
<quoted text>
Just wondering .... how is it you complain that the host
city winds up with a huge debt but thought the opening
ceremony was boring. What would you have done?
Beyond that, it seems like you are watching every moment.
Scott A

Kansas City, MO

#5 Feb 20, 2010
NBCs coverage of the Olympics is terrible. It is unorganized, poorly planned and executed.. I never saw any of the mens skeleton and only 2 rounds of the womens. Maybe a local issue, but this was the one event I was totally excited about! Oh, and not to mention the lack of coverage of the medal ceremonies. Absolutely unacceptable!! Also, most of the interviews are terrible! Let the athletes speak more! No one cares what Bob Costas thinks or remembers of past Olympics.. Wow I must sound bitter.. but the Games only come around every 2 years, the least we could ask for is decent tv coverage. Not everyone can afford a trip to the Games. It comes down to this: we want to see the entire event, not just part of it. We want to see all the medal ceremonies. We want to hear what the current athletes have to say, not the journalists and washed up former Olympians. And how about an organized lineup of events, instead of forcing me to watch 6 hours of coverage, only to see half of an event (even live events!!). Maybe someone like ESPN would actually cover the Olympics like a sports event, not a media circus!
Scott A

Kansas City, MO

#6 Feb 20, 2010
Nitsua57 wrote:
NBC fails miserably. Am I the only one that thinks that NBC is too preoccupied on showing two old guys sitting in a chair talking about what is about to happen, happened or happened years ago? And is anyone awake after the never ending string of commercials selling stuff nobody needs or wants?
Couldnt have said it better myself, friend. Although i did leave my own post, haha! Its a media circus, really sad to be honest.. I remember watching the Olympics growing up, seeing all the events, and medal ceremonies.. Very emotional and uplifting coverage, making everyone proud to be American (or other nationalities).. Now reduced to this..:( depressing. Congrats to all the athletes though! Still love seeing the worlds best duke it out!

“Post-religious”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#7 Feb 20, 2010
Scott A wrote:
NBCs coverage of the Olympics is terrible. It is unorganized, poorly planned and executed.. I never saw any of the mens skeleton and only 2 rounds of the womens. Maybe a local issue, but this was the one event I was totally excited about! Oh, and not to mention the lack of coverage of the medal ceremonies. Absolutely unacceptable!! Also, most of the interviews are terrible! Let the athletes speak more! No one cares what Bob Costas thinks or remembers of past Olympics.. Wow I must sound bitter.. but the Games only come around every 2 years, the least we could ask for is decent tv coverage. Not everyone can afford a trip to the Games. It comes down to this: we want to see the entire event, not just part of it. We want to see all the medal ceremonies. We want to hear what the current athletes have to say, not the journalists and washed up former Olympians. And how about an organized lineup of events, instead of forcing me to watch 6 hours of coverage, only to see half of an event (even live events!!). Maybe someone like ESPN would actually cover the Olympics like a sports event, not a media circus!
If I hear another NBC person stick a mic in front of an athlete and ask such utterly unsophisticated questions on the order of "How do you feel?" or "What does this mean to you?" I think I'll be physically ill. And it's not an isolated thing; I'm hearing these questions at several venues. It's like they're being trained to ask them!

Why do NBC producers and directors allow on-air interviewers to ask these inane questions that often times make the poor athlete look like a dolt when they don't know what to say? These are athletes, not poet/philosophers! Ask them specific questions about the event, the competition, or their training, not these insipid, meaningless, and completely useless questions. If the interviewers can't come up with better questions, they should fire their asses. It's really embarrassing.
Timo

Irving, TX

#8 Feb 23, 2010
NBC couldn't possibly do a worse job of covering the olympics!
The human interest stories make me want to puke; I don't care who's baby is their inspiration, or who's mom is a breast cancer survivor. I want sport and nothing but sport, after all that's what the olympics are about.
NBC should take the model of other nations across the globe who post the entire schedule and put the games on about three channels for the viewer to pick and choose what they wish to see,real time and in it's ENTIRETY!
Every time I turn it on I turn it off, the only thing I've seen in it's entirety is US/Canada hockey, and it was on MSNBC, really. What a joke. Over it!!!!
Murray

Cheney, WA

#9 Feb 23, 2010
Timo wrote:
NBC couldn't possibly do a worse job of covering the olympics!
The human interest stories make me want to puke; I don't care who's baby is their inspiration, or who's mom is a breast cancer survivor. I want sport and nothing but sport, after all that's what the olympics are about.
NBC should take the model of other nations across the globe who post the entire schedule and put the games on about three channels for the viewer to pick and choose what they wish to see,real time and in it's ENTIRETY!
Every time I turn it on I turn it off, the only thing I've seen in it's entirety is US/Canada hockey, and it was on MSNBC, really. What a joke. Over it!!!!
Out of curiosity, please give us the names of a few countries
that post the schedules of all events and then show them in
their entirety. Government run TV doesn't count because it
is subsidized by taxpayers.

And just out of curiosity, could you elaborate on how NBC
would find sponsors or advertisers for the dawn to dark
curling channel?
Murray

Cheney, WA

#10 Feb 23, 2010
Follow up here .... Do you think Oreck would buy
time on a station that has people using brooms to
sweep ice? Does Revlon perhaps think curling is
about hairstyling?

Do you think people might object to commercials
by weapons manufacturers and ammo shops?
Murray

Cheney, WA

#12 Feb 23, 2010
Murray wrote:
Follow up here .... Do you think Oreck would buy
time on a station that has people using brooms to
sweep ice? Does Revlon perhaps think curling is
about hairstyling?
Do you think people might object to commercials
by weapons manufacturers and ammo shops?
My reference in my past sentence was to what would
apparently a network covering the entire biathlon
schedule of events.

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