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Watching NBC & MSNBC

VANCOUVER – February 22, 2010 – NBCU’s Sunday Olympic broadcasts were seen by 87 million total viewers, the most viewers for any day so far for the Vancouver Games, 16 million more and 22 percent higher than the comparable Sunday from the 2006 Games (72 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

The primetime coverage on NBC and MSNBC that included figure skating’s original dance and alpine skiing’s men’s super combined on NBC and the USA-Canada hockey game on MSNBC had 69 million total viewers, the best viewership for the comparable Sunday night since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (79 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

8.2 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP FOR WATCH USA-CANADA HOCKEY GAME ON MSNBC: An average audience of 8.22 million watched the USA hockey team defeat Canada, 5-3, nearly matching the best average viewership for a program on MSNBC. (Election Night Coverage, 8.23 million on Nov. 4, 2008).

★ The hockey game on MSNBC received a national household rating of 4.3, the third highest-rated program in MSNBC’s history behind the Democratic Presidential debate (2/26/08, 4.9 rating) and the analysis following the debate (4.4 rating).

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More People In Buffalo Watch Hockey Than Ice Dancing

via Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Locally, the coverage of Team USA’s 5-3 victory over Team Canada Sunday night carried on cable’s MSNBC out-drew NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics coverage that was on Channel 2.

MSNBC never out-rates its bigger brother NBC, which makes this “victory” almost as astonishing as the 42-save performance by Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for Team USA.

The US victory, which gave Team USA a bye into the quarterfinals and an extra day of rest, attracted a 14.6 rating locally on MSNBC, representing 14.6 percent of area households. Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of skiing and figure skating averaged a 13.4 rating during the game on Channel 2.

And the hockey audience undoubtedly was even much higher here because it was simulcast by CFTO, the CTV affiliate in Toronto.

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NBC Sends The NHL A Message

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

First, the NHL in the Olympics mirrors the silliness of the parallel universe that is the whole warped fantasy sports experience, where Blackhawks fans are rooting for Duncan Keith to turn over the puck in the slot.

Then there’s the whole stupid notion of shutting down the league for two weeks. What business does that? What business with good business sense, I mean.

And wise up, the argument ended Sunday when NBC decided the NHL is not good for Olympic coverage, at least not on its big-boy channel, no matter that it was the greatest possible rivalry the NHL could offer network TV.

Nope. Sorry. Ski cross gets the kids and pretty, shiny hobbies like that cockamamie pairs ice dancing get the women. U.S.-Canada hockey, you be good kids and run down to a cable channel without high-def, OK?

read on

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Stop Complaining

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Hockey is not being disrespected by NBC. Viewers who happened to be home during the day and would have enjoyed watching Lindsey Vonn go for it live in the downhill, they were disrespected. Sports and competition are being disrespected by NBC, but hockey does not measure among the victims.

I have never quite understood why people who love hockey are so consumed with validation from the masses who simply do not appreciate the sport. Of course NBC isn’t devoting three hours of a preliminary-round hockey game between the U.S. and Canada on its prime commercial network.

To expect otherwise is lunacy, and to protest the network’s decision by playing the lack-of-respect card is counter-productive.

Yes, it is unfortunate that the enticing matchup will notbe available in HD while it is televised on MSNBC, presumably from start to finish. Anyone who wants to watch—maybe not DirecTV people, actually, which would be unfortunately commonplace for them, given the ongoing dispute that has kept Versus dark all season—can watch, just as every single game in the tournament has been and will be televised.

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NBC Corrects Matt Lauer Mistake

via Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Sorry, hockey fans. Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s “Today” show,  misspoke Friday morning when he said Sunday’s preliminary-round hockey showdown between the U.S. and Canada will be shown on NBC.

A spokesman for NBC Universal confirmed that the game will be aired on MSNBC, as planned, and that Lauer was mistaken in saying the game would be broadcast on NBC.

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NBC, Is It MSNBC or NBC?

Matt Lauer on the Today show on NBC just said- Big game this weekend, Canada versus the USA and you can watch the game on NBC.

Has something changed or did Matt make a mistake?

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If You Know It NBC, Why Don’t You Do It?

from Seth Livingstone of USA TODAY,

Hockey fans looking to watch the USA-Canada game Sunday will need to view it like the rest of NBC’s pre-gold medal hockey package —on NBC’s cable partner MSNBC.

With an Olympic audience that skews heavily female, NBC will opt to show figure skating’s original dance programs live, rather than the hockey rivalry which will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Christopher McCloskey, vice president of communications at NBC Sports, says the three-hour time commitment makes for a difficult situation, in part because hockey fans want to see games in their entirety.

continued

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Preliminary Round Games Continue Today

Will the USA, Canada and Russia improve their record to 2-0 with victories today?

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Watching Olympic Hockey

The mens preliminary round starts tomorrow with three games being played Tuesday through Sunday (game times are consistent all week, 3pm, 7:30pm & 11:55pm ET).

See the complete preliminary schedule below or if you have trouble locating USA Network, CNBC and MSNBC on your TV, click here and the channel number will be displayed for your location.

Continue Reading »

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NBC Has A Touch Of Canada

from William Houston of Truth & Rumors,

Eight Canadian broadcasters will work on NBC’s Vancouver Olympics coverage. Included among the network’s 53 on-air people are Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson in figure skating; Tim Ryan and Todd Brooker for alpine skiing; Don Duguid, Colleen Jones and Elfi Schlegel for curling; and Pierre McGuire in hockey.

  NBC’s prime time host will continue to be Bob Costas. Al Michaels will be the daytime host and Mary Carillo will work the late night show. Cris Collinsworth will provide special reports, as will Dick Button….

Men’s hockey:
Host: Bill Patrick
Play-by-Play: Mike Emrick and Kenny Albert
Game Analysts: Ed Olczyk and Joe Micheletti
Studio Analysts: Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick
Reporters: Pierre McGuire, Joe Micheletti and Mike Milbury

more on the on-air talent…

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