August 13th, 2012
04:09 AM ET

Viewers outraged after NBC cuts away from closing ceremonies

NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremonies of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show, drawing outrage from those who tuned in for the highly anticipated musical spectacle.

The Twitter-sphere exploded - with "#NBCfail" and "#closingceremonies" trending worldwide - after NBC cut out performances by Ray Davies, Kate Bush, the Who and the Muse in favor of a commercial-free airing of "Animal Practice."

"I still don't understand, it's a tape delay, so can't you do the math in advance? Why do you need to cut off the closing ceremony? #nbcfail," wrote Raj Sarkar on Twitter.

Actor Nate Barlow posted to his Twitter account: "Why #nbcfail ranks last: no better way to turn people off a new show than to preempt @thewho & other rock legends for it."

The network was under fire for much of the 16 days of the Games by viewers who took to Twitter and Facebook to complain about its tape-delayed coverage of big ticket events, which NBC has said was necessary to maximize its prime-time audience.

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  1. Cebes

    Again, NBC does a rank and misguided job covering the Olympics. Seacrest and that NBC woman who is polident challenged telling us about the history of longiitude or an hour of the grand dame of NBC news showcasing the German bombing of England. Hello, it's a sporting event! Thanks for ruining this world class sporting event.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Murdoch Supreme

    NBC was playing reruns of the Wonder Years where I was!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Margarita

    Eric Holder will be arrested for giving assault rifles to drug cartels. Obama's gangsters are being prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. texangirl

    At least Freddie Mercury was able to sing his Day-O vocal exercise with no music and no auto tune. And 65 year old Brian May is still amazing on guitar. To the younger generation this is how its done.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John

    I hated the lack of coverage. Sailing, windsurfing, shooting, pentathlon, and other events weren't even aired, talked about, or in the list of games. NBC just showed the sponsored athletes and focused on every detail of their boring lives. Basketball should be non professional players and rhythmic gymnastics is like a toddlers and tiaras holding objects. Pretty pathetic exercise. I tuned out long before the closing ceremony.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joseph

    Simple solution...... STOP watching NBC. Stop watching television. Grow up already. TV is for dumbed down masses. It's a means of distraction, propaganda, and indoctrination. ALL OF IT. Turn the stupid box off, and get a life, instead of letting corrupt mass media basically dictate your lives. When will you learn?

    August 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • you tooped

      Coming from someone clued to their computer who has neglected their family.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coodeh

      Couldn't agree with you more Joseph. I ditched cable long ago now only have an HD converter box, the plus I get 3 Public TV stations that don't insult my intelligence on the rare occasion when I want to watch TV.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      But you still post on online forums??? uhhhh,.....

      August 14, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Nice rhetoric, was 9/11 an inside job too? Share some other generalized conspiracies with us oh wise one.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lizzy10

    No Who? I taped the closing ceremonies, guess I can just delete:(

    August 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kat

      The Who performance was on after the Animal Practice show and local news – I stayed up to watch it.

      August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NBC Sucks

    NBC puts wigs on two old men, dressed in ten year old suits with non matching ties and shirts to cover a taped global event saturated with young people more up to date on instant news and social media than any NBC exec ever will be. You suck NBC and I'm glad to see you will most definitely fall into the trash pile along with your fellow old school "News" outlets.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. mannydanny455

    TV is a waste of time. Turn it off. Wake up. It's there to keep the masses sedated, which it does very well. Quit wasting your life. Get outside and go for a jog. Read a book. Write a story. Design and build something. Visit a friend. Start a band.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Doug W

    John, I watched a Sailing event online, and it was fantastic entertianment, even in low res. I would have enjoyed seeing that in high def. Just goes to show, we only got the most "popular" events.

    August 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. 007

    They give coverage to 1 black person earning a gold medal and some of you people go crazy. I guess they were suppose to only talk about Michael Phelps

    August 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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