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(Daily Mail)   2012 London Olympics were the second most watched event in American TV history. The least watched events continue to be everything that NBC has aired over the past decade   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 70
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2012-08-13 07:52:50 AM  
PT Barnum has been proven right.

All hail Corporate Games!
 
2012-08-13 07:56:09 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: All hail Corporate Games!


2/10 but only because you were first

What offended me was they DIDN'T show the Who so that they could show us an AWFUL sitcom about cat-suicide? I gave that show less than 2 minutes before I had to turn it off
 
2012-08-13 07:58:52 AM  
Bread or Circuses?

How about a circus where racist-assed Austrians and corporate media whores make a lot of bread?

mmmmm. gobble it up consumers, that's why they put it front of you
 
2012-08-13 08:01:45 AM  
Way to cut out the good stuff from the closing ceremonies, NBC.

/can't stop the signal
 
2012-08-13 08:01:46 AM  
All I can say is I'm so glad we got to see every dive in every f*cking diving event.

Assholes.
 
2012-08-13 08:02:53 AM  
with all the emphasis on how much NBC paid for the rights, and the production costs, I'd love to see the NBC final number compared with what the BBC spent.

/assuming the BBC number is much lower, while their customer satisfaction rating is much higher.
 
2012-08-13 08:08:26 AM  
It was a terrific games with so many great moments. My personal favorite was probably the gold medal fight by Katie Taylor and the crowd's amazing support.
 
2012-08-13 08:11:17 AM  
So the US does better than four years ago, and TV viewership is still down from then? Way to go NBC!
 
2012-08-13 08:13:20 AM  

kevinatilusa: So the US does better than four years ago, and TV viewership is still down from then? Way to go NBC!


Maybe America is a little smarter?
 
2012-08-13 08:16:39 AM  
The finest moment of the closing ceremonies...
cdn2-b.examiner.com

with Prince Harry whistling along!
 
2012-08-13 08:18:49 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: Bread or Circuses?

How about a circus where racist-assed Austrians and corporate media whores make a lot of bread?

mmmmm. gobble it up consumers, that's why they put it front of you


You sound like you don't even own a television (which you would never call a "TV", because TV is nickname. Nicknames are for friends, and television is no friend of yours).
 
2012-08-13 08:21:19 AM  
I kind of like Grimm
 
2012-08-13 08:21:40 AM  
NBC, bring back the "Simul-cast"!! That worked out GREAT!

Pay-per-view Olympics is where it's at!
 
2012-08-13 08:49:26 AM  
I much preferred the link with Kay Perry's ass.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2187596/Katy-Perry-suffe r s-major-wardrobe-mishap-going-water-slide.html

(probably NSFW)
 
2012-08-13 09:04:25 AM  
Canadian TV presented the full ceremony without comment, and minimal commercials twice back-to-back.
 
2012-08-13 09:08:50 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: kevinatilusa: So the US does better than four years ago, and TV viewership is still down from then? Way to go NBC!

Maybe America is a little smarter?


Why? Did you leave?
 
2012-08-13 09:18:07 AM  
As shiatty as the coverage was, the Olympics themselves are usually pretty awesome.
 
2012-08-13 09:25:47 AM  
I'm ready to give my thoughts on NBC's olympic coverage... right after this short break.
 
2012-08-13 09:31:09 AM  

kwame: All I can say is I'm so glad we got to see every dive in every f*cking diving event.

Assholes.


That was weird. Like they were trying to fill time. I don't know why they didn't edit that down like they did with the decathalon or other sports. Five freaking rounds with 10 divers in each round. And it didn't help that they had what sounded like Nancy Grace going in histrionics over every screw-up.

of course, that said, the final couple of rounds of the men's high platform thing where the American won, was pretty freaking awesome (I'm just glad I had it on DVR and I could skip everyone but the top 3's dives.
 
2012-08-13 09:33:36 AM  
whar false flag whar!?
amirite?
 
2012-08-13 09:39:08 AM  
It was a highly entertaining Olympiad.

Even NBC couldn't fark that up, despite career-worst color from Costas and Michaels.
 
2012-08-13 09:53:46 AM  

kevinatilusa: So the US does better than four years ago, and TV viewership is still down from then? Way to go NBC!


Did you read the article? The first line says it was the second most watched through 14 days (before Saturday and Sunday). This year's broadcast is going to end up with 40 million more viewers than Beijing.
 
2012-08-13 10:00:29 AM  
Say "Stayed tuned for The Who", go to break, come back and say "but first we're going to interrupt the closing ceremony for an hour of programming including a new show that no one has any interest in seeing but we want to promote anyway", then go back and show the Who play like a 7 minute medley, then the end.

Audiences love being treated like they're stupid.
 
2012-08-13 10:07:45 AM  
Considering NBC has had the Stanley Cup Finals over the past decade, you are actually not just making a joke, but factually correct:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2894490
 
2012-08-13 10:10:29 AM  

drhansenej: I'm ready to give my thoughts on NBC's olympic coverage... right after this short break.


Stay tuned for "Animal Hospital," which for no apparent reason we are going to air in the middle of the closing ceremonies.
 
2012-08-13 10:13:46 AM  
And this is why NBC keeps putting it's garbage version of Olympics coverage with impunity.

Thanks a lot America!

/watched the BBC version
//much better
 
2012-08-13 10:17:03 AM  
Does anyone know if the BBC version is available online anywhere?
 
2012-08-13 10:19:01 AM  
Hey guys, did you know that was ERIC IDLE last night? I had no idea! Luckily Ryan Seacrest told me.
 
2012-08-13 10:21:41 AM  
Early Sunday afternoon Pacific Daylight Time, I saw the closing ceremony broadcast live online.

Later that night, NBC skipped performances by Ray Davies, Muse, that second beautiful song by George Michael, and the Running Up That Hill montage.

But yeah, they managed to squeeze in the sitcom with the performing animals.
 
2012-08-13 10:29:39 AM  

Bindyree: Early Sunday afternoon Pacific Daylight Time, I saw the closing ceremony broadcast live online.

Later that night, NBC skipped performances by Ray Davies, Muse, that second beautiful song by George Michael, and the Running Up That Hill montage.

But yeah, they managed to squeeze in the sitcom with the performing animals.


Wow...just wow. This is almost as pants-on-head retarded as the Leno/Conan thing.
 
2012-08-13 10:31:24 AM  

Captain_Ballbeard: Bread or Circuses?

How about a circus where racist-assed Austrians and corporate media whores make a lot of bread?

mmmmm. gobble it up consumers, that's why they put it front of you


Godwin?

/as someone said above, you sound like you don't own a TV
 
2012-08-13 10:32:34 AM  
I'm sure if you took any given TV show and put it on 24/7 for a month and reported about it on the news every day that it would have more viewers than the Olympics.

Also, people have more TVs than they used to.
 
2012-08-13 10:36:48 AM  

DamnYankees: Hey guys, did you know that was ERIC IDLE last night? I had no idea! Luckily Ryan Seacrest told me.


Liek OMG! No wai!!!1111one!! Nbc iz so smrt!
 
2012-08-13 10:45:58 AM  

lithappens: Does anyone know if the BBC version is available online anywhere?


BBC Iplayer should have 3 versions. One with commentary, one without (just the stadium noise) and one with audio description.
 
2012-08-13 10:50:04 AM  

thisone: with all the emphasis on how much NBC paid for the rights, and the production costs, I'd love to see the NBC final number compared with what the BBC spent.

/assuming the BBC number is much lower, while their customer satisfaction rating is much higher.


The nearest number that I can find for how much the BBC paid for the rights is $700mil. However, this wasn't just the BBC, but a conglomerate of public broadcasters from across the EU (55 countries) called the EBU, and it was for both the 2010 winter and 2012 summer.

So, wildly assuming that the costs were split evenly, lets say $350mil for the 2012 games, divided by 55 countries puts the rights at $636k, so lets me overly generous and say $1mil for the rights..... That's a little different to the $1.1billion that NBC paid :-)

Though the BBC has the disadvantage of not being able to claw any rights or production costs back through advertising.

lithappens: Does anyone know if the BBC version is available online anywhere?


Yes, on the BBC site, it has pretty much every second of every event. They're keeping everything online until January 2013.

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

It's only available if you have a UK IP Address though *cough* ExPatShield *cough*
 
2012-08-13 10:54:48 AM  
BBC > NBC.
 
2012-08-13 11:09:14 AM  
Unemployment is up. More people could sit around all day and watch this shiat. I was:

A) At work, and

B) didn't give a shiat.
 
2012-08-13 11:27:57 AM  

thisone: with all the emphasis on how much NBC paid for the rights, and the production costs, I'd love to see the NBC final number compared with what the BBC spent.

/assuming the BBC number is much lower, while their customer satisfaction rating is much higher.


AFAIK the BBC paid $100m for the broadcast rights and sent 600 staff. NBC paid a billion dollars and sent 2500 staff to London. The BBC also had thirty channels to choose from so you could stay with any event you chose.
 
2012-08-13 11:43:49 AM  

KWess: Canadian TV presented the full ceremony without comment, and minimal commercials twice back-to-back.


In 2016 NBC needs to go with two tiers. Broadcast NBC is for the delayed-for-primetime stuff with tons of commercials (like now). OnDemand/pay per view is commercial free and in real time; plus the ceremonies have no commentary. This way they can have their cake and eat it to.
 
2012-08-13 11:46:07 AM  
sigh
/remembers when ABC broadcast the Olympics
 
2012-08-13 11:49:33 AM  

Pinko_Commie: So, wildly assuming that the costs were split evenly, lets say $350mil for the 2012 games, divided by 55 countries puts the rights at $636k, so lets me overly generous and say $1mil for the rights..... That's a little different to the $1.1billion that NBC paid :-)


I think I missed a zero somewhere. $350mill/55 is $6.36 mill each. So $10mil for the BBC rights I'd reckon, give or take.
 
2012-08-13 11:51:51 AM  
Of course population growth has nothing at all to do with this...................


/ More people = more viewers
// DUh
 
2012-08-13 11:52:49 AM  

mjohnson71: KWess: Canadian TV presented the full ceremony without comment, and minimal commercials twice back-to-back.

In 2016 NBC needs to go with two tiers. Broadcast NBC is for the delayed-for-primetime stuff with tons of commercials (like now). OnDemand/pay per view is commercial free and in real time; plus the ceremonies have no commentary. This way they can have their cake and eat it to.


Except I believe NBC's official line is that prime time is where they make the big money, so if they run the events like even OnDemand it takes away from their prime time audience.
 
2012-08-13 11:57:36 AM  

Pinko_Commie: Pinko_Commie: So, wildly assuming that the costs were split evenly, lets say $350mil for the 2012 games, divided by 55 countries puts the rights at $636k, so lets me overly generous and say $1mil for the rights..... That's a little different to the $1.1billion that NBC paid :-)

I think I missed a zero somewhere. $350mill/55 is $6.36 mill each. So $10mil for the BBC rights I'd reckon, give or take.


Bah, my guess was way off. £64million apparantly.
 
2012-08-13 11:59:00 AM  
The word "Olympiad" fills me with rage.
 
2012-08-13 12:05:52 PM  
I enjoyed them, I even liked the Spice Girls. Talk about nostalgia.
 
2012-08-13 12:14:39 PM  

EnviroDude: sigh
/remembers when ABC broadcast the Olympics


And did a much better job of it.
 
2012-08-13 12:19:06 PM  
galactus5000:

You sound like you don't even own a television (which you would never call a "TV", because TV is nickname. Nicknames are for friends, and television is no friend of yours).

Time for some Mr. Show!
 
2012-08-13 12:23:49 PM  

Pinko_Commie: The nearest number that I can find for how much the BBC paid for the rights is $700mil. However, this wasn't just the BBC, but a conglomerate of public broadcasters from across the EU (55 countries) called the EBU, and it was for both the 2010 winter and 2012 summer.


:( why can't PBS and the Canadian PBS get together and do this. (because socialism, probably)

I know the BBC is working from both an advantage and disadvantage when it comes to the Olympics but they seem to be able to do so much more with less. Something PBS in familiar with.

pipe dream, I know. But if NBC really has lost money on this, perhaps one little useless light bulb may flicker on gently before going back out.
 
2012-08-13 12:40:12 PM  

azazyel: I enjoyed them, I even liked the Spice Girls. Talk about nostalgia.


Did you enjoy not seeing some of it so NBC could promote its new monkey show?
 
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