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NBC Attracted 190 Million Viewers During the 2010 Olympics

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 2nd 2010 10:17AM
Vancouver 2010 Winter OlympicsNBC ended its coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with a Gold medal-winning performance.

According to EW.com, the NBC Universal channels that participated in its Olympics coverage received a combined total of 190 million viewers, enough to pull NBC out of fourth place for the season.

"The Olympics have yet again proved the power of the big events on network television," said NBC executive Dick Ebersol, according to the report.

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NBC's Olympic Coverage Stinks, But It Gets Results

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2010 8:22PM
NBC's Vancouver Olympics logoComplaining about how NBC covers the Olympics is almost an Olympic sport all by itself. Pretty much ever since the Atlanta games in 1996, NBC has been raked over the coals for tape-delaying events and concentrating on stories instead of the sports themselves.

The outrage has been especially loud when the Games have been held in North America, mainly because the time differences are minimal. The hue and cry has been louder than ever from Vancouver, mainly because, in a world where results can be shot around to every computer and cell phone in the world via Twitter and Facebook, NBC is shooting itself in the foot with what seems to be 1990s thinking.

Here's the rub, though: The Olympics are kicking tail in the ratings, despite all the complaints.

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I'll Say It: Worst. Olympics. Ever.

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:30PM


Worst Olympics Ever.

Oh I'm sorry, am I not allowed to say that? Because on Day 2 of the Games, I almost got into a Facebook fight with an old friend when he posted a status update that accused those of us with discerning tastes and sharp tongues of not supporting our country. He got an argument from me, but support from pretty much everyone else.

I guess VANOC is like our troops in the PR war. Nelly Furtado's lip synching is the shock and awe of the Olympiad. Isn't this how Bush got elected a second time?

Not only am I not sorry for coming out and saying that The Vancouver Games and the TV coverage of the Games suck, I'm actually kind of enjoying myself.

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Stephen Colbert and His Sandwich Spotted at the Winter Olympics

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:02PM
Stephen Colbert has been lurking around Vancouver with nary a word from him like a class clown just waiting for the right moment to pounce on the biology teacher the minute she uses the word "titmouse."

NBC posted some photos of America's truthinestitizer joking around at the Vancouver Winter Olympic speed skating meet and greeting his fans at his outdoor set that the world will get to see next week.

It's not known if these images and bits will be included in his upcoming episodes or his coverage of the games for NBC. Either way, sorry for spoiling it for you. I might as well get ahead of the curve.

[via Buzzfeed]

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2010 Winter Olympics Curling Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 18th 2010 3:00AM

If you've arrived to this blogpost with your curling iron in hand waiting for a chance at Olympic greatness with Kristy Yamaguchi's hair, you've come to a very wrong place. However, if you ever day dreamed about what it would be like take your grandfather's shuffleboard game on ice, then we've got exactly the schedule you're looking for.

For those who don't know, curling involves sliding a large piece of polished granite on ice towards the house, where two sweepers help to guide the piece to it's intended target. May sound a lot like your last home improvement project but it is a bonafide Olympic sport which was re-introduced during the 1998 Nagano games alongside with Women's Ice Hockey.

Check out when you can catch nations compete in Olympic curling after the jump.

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2010 Winter Olympics Snowboarding Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 18th 2010 2:00AM

Did you know the first snowboard was called a "snurfer?" Perhaps combining the word snow and surfing, snowboarders rejoice every wintertime as they hit the slopes. For the Vancouver Winter Olympics the worlds best snowboarders have descended upon the Olympic slopes to win on sport's largest stage. For American snowboarder Shaun White, he continues to defend his new gold medal status in a sport that made him the highest paid snowboarder in the world.

Make sure you take note of all the remaining Olympic snowboarding events after the jump!

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2010 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 18th 2010 1:00AM


Did you know that the word hockey derives from "hocquet," a french word for "stick?" Add a puck, an ice floor and competition dating back to ancient Grecian times and you've got the Ice Hockey tournaments at the Winter Olympics.

With the round robin tournaments in full swing for both Women's and Men's Ice Hockey competion, make sure you don't miss the slapshots heard around the world. Check out the Olympic Ice Hockey schedule after the jump.

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And So It Begins: 'Today's' Annoying Olympics Coverage

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 12th 2010 12:29PM
Roker and Lauer on the two-man luge at the 2006 Torino OlympicsAlthough I'm generally a 'Today' show loyalist, for the next two weeks, I'm going to be a 'Good Morning America' fan.

Why? Three words: The Winter Olympics.

Every two years, since NBC started carrying the Olympics, they turn their top-rated morning news show into essentially the Games' morning recap show. Sure, you still get that first half hour of pure news, but after that, the show becomes all-Olympics, all the time, from examining the personal stories of the athletes, to travelogues about whatever exotic locale the Games are in that year, to deep, 'SportsCenter'-like examination of the previous night's results.

But that's not the part that annoys me the most. When the hosts go out and try to do the Olympic sports themselves, the cringe factor goes up exponentially. Especially when Matt Lauer and Al Roker are involved.

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What to Watch: February 12

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 12th 2010 6:00AM
'Winter Olympics' (7:30PM, NBC)
The bad news: They're going to mess with your regular TV viewing for the next two weeks. The good news: It's the Olympics, people! Specifically, it's the 21st Winter Olympics, kicking off with a fancy Opening Ceremony, live from host city Vancouver, Canada. The parade of nations -- with more than 2,500 athletes from more than six dozen countries -- and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron will be followed by the Games' first competition, ski jumping, and carry on through with figure skating, ice skating, luge, snowboarding, ice hockey and biathlon. Among the U.S. athletes looking to make a splash, and, of course, nab some medals, at the XXI Winter Olympics: figure skating champs Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir, speed skater (and yes, 'Dancing With the Stars' champ) Apolo Ohno, snowboarder Shaun White and skier Lindsey Vonn.

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Vancouver Winter 2010 Olympics TV Schedule on NBC

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 6th 2010 10:00AM

Let the games begin!

Every four years the icy cold winter means hot competition with the Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver is the host city for the 2010 Winter Games or its more official title The XXI Winter Olympics. The competition commences on February 12 through February 28 and airs daily on NBC. For winter sport fans, that means 17 complete days of watching the worlds best athletes fighting for gold in the top winter sports.

Be sure to check your local listings for exact times of each round and check out the entire Winter Olympics schedule after the jump!

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