NBC’s London Olympics ratings defy expectations
NBC’s ratings are on track to outdistance numbers from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which many TV industry executives had figured would be a high-water mark. The last Summer Olympics to consistently attract such large crowds were the Montreal Games in 1976 — long before cable TV networks began splintering the audience.
Wow, NBC had 32 million people watching every night!
Here are the big events for Fri/Sat, with the full schedule available from the L.A. Times – 2012 London Olympics on TV
2012 Summer Olympics 7:30 p.m. Friday, NBC: Opening Ceremony: London, the first city to host the Olympics three times, welcomes the world and Queen Elizabeth II officially opens the Games. (N)
2012 Summer Olympics 6 a.m. Saturday, NBCSP: Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Equestrian, Shooting, Archery, Handball, Table Tennis: From London. Soccer, women’s: USA vs. Colombia, Brazil vs. New Zealand, France vs. DPR Korea; beach volleyball; volleyball, women’s: China vs. Serbia; equestrian: eventing dressage; shooting: women’s 10m air rifle; archery; handball; table tennis. (N)
2012 Summer Olympics 9 a.m. Saturday, NBC: Swimming, Cycling, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Basketball, Rowing: From London. Swimming: qualifying heats; cycling: men’s road race; beach volleyball, men’s: USA vs. South Africa; volleyball, women’s: USA vs. Republic of Korea; basketball, women’s: USA vs. Croatia; rowing: qualifying heats. (N)
2012 Summer Olympics 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC: Swimming, Gymnastics, Beach Volleyball: From London. Swimming, finals: men’s and women’s 400m individual medley, men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 4x100m freestyle relay; gymnastics: men’s team competition; beach volleyball, women’s: USA vs. Australia. (N)
And, if you’re away from the TV you can watch every event on the web, or on your smartphone, plus like your favorite athletes on Facebook.
I’m such a huge fan of podcasts that it’s insane. See I have this eye problem that prevents me from reading too much. My day job is in technology and my hobby is writing so I have no ‘good eyes’ left for everything else.
That’s where podcasts come in. I can listen to them while walking, cleaning, and building (my three other hobbies). It’s such a perfect blend that I want to share with you my favorites:
- This Week in Tech
- Slate Political Gabfest
- Bloomberg Presents Lewis Lapham
- History of Rome
- Melvyn Bragg – In Our Time
- The Economist (all of the shows)
- APM: Marketplace Morning Report
The interesting thing about these shows are that none of them are from traditional TV/Radio. Half of them are writers of print media talking about their work. An interesting trend I expect to scare the beejeesus out of Hollywood.
Here are my second tier shows that I still listen to vehemently:
- Slate Cultural Gabfest
- Slate Hang Up And Listen
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
- Tech News Today
- Buzz Out Loud
- TED Talks
- NBC Meet The Press
- APM: Marketplace
- APM: The Splendid Table
Sorry for the lack of links but you can Google (or iTunes search) these titles and I guarantee you will find them.
Do you listen to any of these?