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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    ABC would have put together a better program for the olympics. ABC has superior photographers & they know where to put them when at an event.
    NBC did not bother to show all the athletes at the events. We didn't even know who half the runners in the races were since NBC never bothered to show them.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. G

    Actually, it wasn't a close game and that's why they cut away. The Raiders made a big comeback and won the game. That's why the networks don't cut away anymore.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • john Zayinyin

      It was 36-32 with 2 mins left , the Raiders had JUST scored, and the Jets, it appeared, were about to get the ball. On the subsequent kickoff the Jets fumbled and the Rahdahs recovered in the end zone to make it 43-32, so yes, it was a close and classic game. You are an idiot

      August 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    They'd do the same to cut to a Obama campaign stop!

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

      They could ignore him entirely and it'd be just fine. But of course they won't, because the liberal media carry 0bama's water.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. dab1984

    Very few things NBC does well. Why would they break up the closing ceremonies like that? By the time the rest of the ceremony would have aired it would be what 11:30 or a little before? Who is up that late on a Sunday unless they aren't working the next day? NBC you fail bad.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pnmnm

    THey should have done their cutaway during that blasphemous glorification of John Lennon with that insipid "Imagination."

    August 13, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      OWhy be surprised the has to continue to shove socialist communist ideals down our throats in hoping to help Obama's reelection campaign. Everybody knows Lennon was a Marxist in his political beliefs and like many artists they cant seperate their own performances and their politics. Hence why many are sick and tired of Hollywood's left wing political spin

      August 13, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Roughampark

      That would be "Imagine" but you drive on with your bigoted views.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pnmnm

    Edit time
    THey should have done their cutaway during that blasphemous glorification of John Lennon with that insipid "Imagine."

    August 13, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lee

    G, I watched the Heidi game when I was younger (grew up in NY and that was the AFL game of the week that day). It WAS a close game! The Raiders scored in the last minute to take the lead and added another touchdown recovering a fumble on the next kickoff and running it in.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Glen Campbell

    Who are the who?

    August 13, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • reality check

      Who are you

      August 13, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Torr

    Just wait in a month they will release the ceremony on dvd. By cutting away they know people will wonder what they missed and buy it. I will not buy it, I will be tor rent ing it and reseeding it every chance I get. Boycott the dvd, In the wallet is where you hurt these people.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Milwood

    Not new for NBC. For those of us old enough to remember, they did the same thing November 17, 1968. They cut away from NFL game with under a minute to go. Jets winning with seconds remaining. NBC cut away to show 'Heidi'. Raiders came back and won. Jets fans went to bed thinking they had won - big surprise next day. Now known as the 'Heidi Bowl'. We still dislike NBC for that one.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robb

    "...maximize its prime-time audience." Translation = charge the crap out of the advertisers.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave-o

      I'm amazed they *have* a prime-time audience. Or any of the other alphabet networks, for that matter.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gas Passer

    Looks like NBC will be known as the Nothing But Crap television network.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Uncle Buck's Nephew

    Let's see, a many times arrested drug addict pervert who's a lousy singer, a band with a suspected pedophile and haven't had a hit in 40 years, WHO the bleep chose this rotten bunch and WHY would anyone CARE if they were cut away from?!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. paulr50

    NBC = Nothing But Crap.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. bruce

    NBC is trash. Numbskull Broadcasting Corporation. Please do NOT let NBC have future Olympics TV rights.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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