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. Sinfully Yours

    Wait! NBC still does television broadcasts?!

    August 13, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Fiore

      NBC may as well just put up a test pattern and go home.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave-o


      The test pattern would be more entertaining and less intellectually insulting than their normal broadcast fare, indeed.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Whatever, the ceremonies are stink anyway. The Brits should show the world how they robbed others' lands, butchered by millions, and extinted thousand of languages around the world. Go Great Britain!

    August 13, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Who teach you how to spoke English?

      August 13, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Shaun

      We past that baton onto you Americans.USA USA.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • dcnj

      Jack – and those countries are better off now right?


      August 13, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • M working to take back the Republic

      "extinted" Perhaps one of the languages the British "extinted" was the one you learned. Therefore, we must applaud the British for having done a service for civilization.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • rb

      Jack...take a Xanax man!

      August 13, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Gordon Campbell


      August 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave-o


      Way to show your teachers-union provided education.


      August 13, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay jay

    CNN cuts people off on a daily basis and then had the audacity to print this garbage...

    August 13, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jay jay

    Cnn has the audacity to cut people Off on a daily basis then prints this garbage...

    August 13, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave-o

      CNN: least trusted name in news.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. MJ Canterbury

    Another TV big wig VP, DB, making bad decisions! Don't change, we're getting used to it.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Donnie

    Big deal.. Roger can't sing any more, Townsend is a pedophile and the coolest dude in the band, John Entwistle is gone.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. nobody

    ANd they cut Ray Davies too

    August 13, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sinfully Yours

    I like money

    August 13, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. M working to take back the Republic

    At least NBC didn't cut the Olympics short to cover another Obama haranuge. NBC = Nothing but Barack Channel

    August 13, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    Anybody who "takes to twitter" to complain about the WHO being preempted has no life in the first place.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. go usa

    NBC should not be able to broadcast any more Olympics. They ruined it. Epic fail.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. bigdoglv

    "Was necessary to maximize its prime-time audience." You cut off The Who for five people??????

    August 13, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gordon Campbell

    The Canadians do professionally and awesomely.O get the CBC and get a MUCH better ON TOME picture of what's happening-also much less jingoism.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Don M

      You wouldn't get much on CBC. It was on the private network CTV which ran the closing ceremonies LIVE and in its entirety.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grumpster

      Do you speak English up there Gordon? I couldn't figure out what you were trying to say.

      August 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fece Recti


      August 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ron

    This will always be known as the Heidi game. Raiders vs. Jets at Oakland. Jets were ahead in the fourth quarter when NBC cut to the movie Heidi. Oakland came back to score I believe twice and won the game. This game was played on November 17, 1968. For all the details do a search for Heidi game.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gordon Campbell

    For God's sake don't give it to CNN they'll be out of business by then.The Committee to Reelect Maobama is dropping like a stone.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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