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Bob Costas Explains Ryan Lochte’s “Over-Exaggeration” Vs. “Lying” To Seth Meyers

24 August 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“When I exaggerate I tell people I’m 6′ tall. When I over-exaggerate I tell them I’m 6′ 5″,” NBC’s Olympics wrangler Bob Costas tells NBC’s late night star Seth Meyers. He called Lochte a “great swimmer and a nice guy” who did one thing right – “he rinsed the blonde out of his hair” before doing his “I over-exaggerated” interview with NBC NewsMatt Lauer. In that interview, Lochte  acknowledged he did not have a gun pointed at his head when he and some money were… »

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How Rio Ratings Surprised NBC and Will Impact Future Olympics

23 August 2016 5:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Heading into the Summer Olympics, NBCUniversal executives were bullish on ratings for Rio de Janeiro. With a host city just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone and a mountain of data pointing toward heightened interest in the games, NBCU projected that Rio would outpace the 2012 London Games in viewership.

It did not. Instead of a bulletproof success story, Rio delivered a complex portrait of the rapid changes affecting the TV business and of a viewership still hungry for Olympics coverage, but also for new ways to consume it.

Over 15 days of competition, NBCU’s Olympics coverage averaged 27.5 million viewers across all platforms, including digital streaming — down 9% from 2012. But traditional TV ratings told a far grimmer story, one that began with Nielsen numbers that showed viewership for the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony decline 28% from London.

“I woke up that first Saturday morning alarmed with the Opening Ceremony numbers,” NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus said. “But »

- Daniel Holloway

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'Better Late Than Never': TV Review

22 August 2016 9:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

If you're like me, you watched a lot of NBC's Olympics coverage, grumbling all the way about Bob Costas' diminishing interview skills, Al Trautwig's sexism and Team USA basketball's lack of a distributing point guard. And if you're like me, you saw a lot of commercials for Better Late Than Never without quite figuring out what the series was supposed to be or who it was actually supposed to be for. And if you're like me, you had to weather a night of Adobe Flash issues before being able to watch a screener for the show ahead of its premiere.

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- Daniel Fienberg

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TV Ratings: Olympics Viewership Sags on Day 14 But ‘Superstore’ Gets Sampling

20 August 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC saw a big viewership drop on Friday for its coverage of the 14th day of competition at the Rio summer Olympics.

A lack of marquee events made for a modest turnout for NBC’s primetime slate featuring gold medal finals in diving and sprint relays. NBC averaged a 13.6 household rating and 24 share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That was off by more than a rating point from Thursday’s primetime performance and down nearly two points from the games’ average in primetime.

Digital viewing of the games continues to grow by leaps and bounds, per NBC Sports. As of Friday, the NBCOlympics.com site and NBC Sports app had served up 2.5 billion live streaming minutes, which amounts to 1 billion minutes more than all prior Olympics combined since the advent of streaming.

Meanwhile, NBC was able to channel Friday’s Olympics lead-in to generate solid linear sampling for »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Bob Costas Says Ryan Lochte Cost Himself 'Millions and Millions' in Rio Robbery Controversy

19 August 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas - who has been part of NBC's Olympics coverage for the past 28 years - says Ryan Locthe is out a pretty penny over his controversial Rio robbery claims. "Swimmers make most of their money off endorsements - it's not all prize money," Costas told Matt Lauer on Today Friday. "He's probably cost himself millions and millions of dollars." Lochte had claimed he and teammates James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were robbed at gunpoint during a late-night taxi ride back to the Olympic Village last Sunday. His account was disputed by Brazilian authorities, who said »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Rio 2016: NBC Slowly Realizes Women Are the Olympic Stars

19 August 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wednesday night on NBC, the network’s Olympics coverage shifted away from sporting events to focus on the rapidly imploding story of 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte. The swimmer, who won a gold medal in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay in Rio de Janeiro, has struggled to stay on top of a mugging story he told his mother that has since snowballed into an international incident.

Officials in Brazil, eager to protect the nation’s reputation as a safe one for foreign travelers, are now contending that the mugging never happened, pointing to footage from a gas station and from security at the Olympic Village. And while Lochte made it back to the U.S. without incident, two of his teammates were detained in Rio for further questioning about the possibly false claims of a crime.

NBC anchors Bob Costas and Matt Lauer discussed Lochte’s story with a gravity usually reserved for armed insurrections »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Today Shows No Signs of Damage at Bathroom U.S. Swimmers Are Accused of Vandalizing

19 August 2016 4:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Authorities in Brazil claim that Ryan Lochte and three other Team U.S.A. swimmers vandalized a gas station during a night out in Rio last weekend, but Today says they couldn't find any significant signs of damage when they visited the station. In a Friday morning report, Today correspondent Keir Simmons visited the gas station that Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen allegedly vandalized, leading to a confrontation with the gas station's security that involved a gun being drawn and the swimmers handing over money for alleged damages. While walking through the station, Simmons pointed to what »

- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes

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Ryan Seacrest’s Reach in Rio Extends Far Beyond Late-Night TV

16 August 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When the cameras are turned off at the close of his nightly Rio-based show, Ryan Seacrest is just getting started.

Seacrest, who is moonlighting as NBC’s late-night host, has been even busier off the air than he is on, filling his popular social-media accounts with all kinds of Olympics-themed video.

On Monday, he became the first celebrity to produce one of the Instagram Stories on the Facebook-owned platform’s curated channel devoted to this new feature, which was just deployed last week.

Seacrest drew from his experiences in Brazil covering the Summer Games to inform not only the new Instagram feature but the bevy of different digital beachheads from which he has been driving engagement that goes far beyond his late-night perch on NBC, including Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

“I think we realized that in this world where people consume information and events immediately through social just as much as traditional platforms that the engagement couldn »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Jerry Sandusky Denies Abusing Boys in Court as He Tries to Get Conviction Thrown Out

15 August 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach serving 30 to 60 years in prison after his 2012 conviction for child sex abuse, denied he abused boys during an hour of testimony on Friday, according to multiple reports. Sandusky, 72, who pleaded not guilty during his 2012 trial and has maintained he is innocent, took the stand in an effort to overturn his conviction or be granted a retrial. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 charges of abusing 10 boys at Penn State and other locations from 1994 to 2008, when he ran a charity for disadvantaged youth called The Second Mile. He is serving his prison sentence »

- Harriet Sokmensuer, @HGSokmensuer

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Jerry Sandusky Denies Abusing Boys in Court as He Tries to Get Conviction Thrown Out

15 August 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach serving 30 to 60 years in prison after his 2012 conviction for child sex abuse, denied he abused boys during an hour of testimony on Friday, according to multiple reports. Sandusky, 72, who pleaded not guilty during his 2012 trial and has maintained he is innocent, took the stand in an effort to overturn his conviction or be granted a retrial. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 charges of abusing 10 boys at Penn State and other locations from 1994 to 2008, when he ran a charity for disadvantaged youth called The Second Mile. He is serving his prison sentence »

- Harriet Sokmensuer, @HGSokmensuer

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Hey critics, you leave the Olympics alone!

12 August 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. Last night, I was sitting on my couch when I realized I had a TV set. That might sound ridiculous, but I watch most things on my laptop these days. It occurred to me that the Olympics were on, and I hadn't seen any of it yet. Next thing I know, I'm pumping my fist watching Simone Manuel take the gold in the 100 meter freestyle, as she becomes the first African-American to win an individual swimming event. In her NBC interview, she's on cloud 9 and I'm totally with her.  This is what the Olympics is all about. And if we're honest, most of us know nothing about most of the people competing in these games. We know all about Michael Phelps. But everyone else? At best, we need a reminder. »

- Jon Davis

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Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 6 of the Rio Games?

11 August 2016 9:08 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If, somehow, you managed to avoid getting spoiled for the women’s all-around gymnastics final, NBC’s primetime coverage of the Rio Olympics on Thursday likely had your stomach doing Gabby Douglas-esque somersaults.

By the time Bob Costas shifted the home audience from gymnastics to swimming, the all-around competition had reached its halfway point — and frontrunner Simone Biles was, surprisingly, not at the top of the leaderboard. Nor was Aly Raisman, who had fallen to fourth place after her vault and uneven bar performances.

Sure, Russia’s Aliya Mustafina only led Biles by 0.034 points. Sure, the remaining exercises — balance »

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Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 2 of the Rio Games?

7 August 2016 8:12 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Can’t keep up with the Rio games? Read our Day 1 recap.

Spoilers ahead for some tape-delayed Sunday events.

Simone Biles helped lead the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to victory on Day 2 of the Summer Olympics, easily outdoing second-place finisher China by nearly 10 points with a combined team score of 185.238.

RelatedOlympics: SNL‘s Leslie Jones Gets Rio Invite After Team USA Tweets Go Viral

Biles, already a three-time world champ at just 19, wowed onlookers with a total score of 62.366 at the close of her event on Sunday, placing her a full two points ahead of teammate Aly Raisman. »

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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them

6 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

And they’re off! After weeks of reports about trouble in Rio – from the threat of Zika virus to the very real problem of polluted water – the 2016 Summer Olympics got underway Friday night with an Opening Ceremony that underwhelmed – at least for American TV audiences. (Initial ratings were way down from the 2012 London Olympics.)

Nonetheless, the real drama and excitement is still to come over the next two weeks, as some of the world’s most decorated athletes look to add to their record tallies. As NBC’s Bob Costas recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Obviously Michael Phelps is already the greatest swimmer in Olympic history. Usain Bolt is already the greatest sprinter in Olympic history, and they’re trying to add to what they already have done, so we’re talking about Mount Rushmore-type stuff.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller, Hanh Nguyen, Michael Schneider and Ben Travers

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2016 Summer Olympics: 8 Things We’re Looking Forward To in Rio, And How to Watch Them

6 August 2016 9:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

And they’re off! After weeks of reports about trouble in Rio – from the threat of Zika virus to the very real problem of polluted water – the 2016 Summer Olympics got underway Friday night with an Opening Ceremony that underwhelmed – at least for American TV audiences. (Initial ratings were way down from the 2012 London Olympics.)

Nonetheless, the real drama and excitement is still to come over the next two weeks, as some of the world’s most decorated athletes look to add to their record tallies. As NBC’s Bob Costas recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, “Obviously Michael Phelps is already the greatest swimmer in Olympic history. Usain Bolt is already the greatest sprinter in Olympic history, and they’re trying to add to what they already have done, so we’re talking about Mount Rushmore-type stuff.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller, Hanh Nguyen, Michael Schneider and Ben Travers

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Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce

5 August 2016 10:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

During its coverage of the Olympics’ opening ceremony Friday night, NBC aired an interview with two of the event’s co-directors, Brazilian filmmakers Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) and Daniela Thomas (“Paris, je t’aime”)—though it’s unclear if anyone from the network was listening. Meirelles and Thomas explained the purpose behind the performance, which was to avoid the host nation’s usual navel-gazing (“talking about their belly buttons,” as Meirelles put it) in favor of global issues, connecting the history of Brazil to the specter of climate change.

Perhaps he meant that the navel-gazing would be reserved for NBC: With “Today Show” talent emceeing the spectacle at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium and Bob Costas plugging The Golf Channel from the main set, the telecast had the feeling of an especially expensive presentation at the Television Critics Association’s biannual get-together, laying on the salesmanship a little strong. »

- Matt Brennan

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Rio 2016 Review: Olympics Opening Ceremony Is Uneasy Blend of Culture and Commerce

5 August 2016 10:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

During its coverage of the Olympics’ opening ceremony Friday night, NBC aired an interview with two of the event’s co-directors, Brazilian filmmakers Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) and Daniela Thomas (“Paris, je t’aime”)—though it’s unclear if anyone from the network was listening. Meirelles and Thomas explained the purpose behind the performance, which was to avoid the host nation’s usual navel-gazing (“talking about their belly buttons,” as Meirelles put it) in favor of global issues, connecting the history of Brazil to the specter of climate change.

Perhaps he meant that the navel-gazing would be reserved for NBC: With “Today Show” talent emceeing the spectacle at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium and Bob Costas plugging The Golf Channel from the main set, the telecast had the feeling of an especially expensive presentation at the Television Critics Association’s biannual get-together, laying on the salesmanship a little strong. »

- Matt Brennan

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Olympics Opening Ceremony 2016: Gisele Bündchen's Triumphant Walk and 14 Other Historic Moments

5 August 2016 7:21 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hard to believe, but it’s been four years since Daniel Craig, the Spice Girls, J.K. Rowling, Kenneth Branagh, Mr. Bean, Queen Elizabeth II herself and a couple of camera-ready corgis kicked off the Summer Olympics in London.

Those opening ceremonies set a rather high bar — what with 007 and the freaking queen (!) skydiving (!!) in to get things started* — so 2016’s Brazil-set games were going to have to work overtime to match the grandeur of London’s big opening number. (Don’t even get us started on Beijing in 2008.)

RelatedBrazilian Soccer Legend Pele to Skip 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Meredith Vieira on Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony: It's Brazil's Chance to "Hit the Restart Button"

5 August 2016 6:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Meredith Vieira, the former Today show anchor, is hosting her third opening ceremony at NBC when Brazil officially kicks off the 2016 Rio Olympics Friday night. Matt Lauer will once again be her co-host and they'll be joined by Hoda Kotb, pinch-hitting for a pregnant Savannah Guthrie who did not make the trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the site of the Xxxi Summer Games.  Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host, will open the telecast and he's expected to address some of the issues that have plagued Brazil, including political and economic turmoil, security concerns, polluted water and the

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Bob Costas, Olympics Ep Jim Bell Talk Zika, Issues Facing Rio

2 August 2016 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBCUniversal’s lucrative deal to broadcast the Olympics in the United States accounts for roughly one fifth of the revenue that the International Olympic Committee generates from the Olympic Games. But NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell rejects the idea that NBC should have used its standing as an important financial partner to pressure the Ioc to delay the games or move them from Rio de Janeiro, which has been beset by infrastructure problems and concerns over Zika virus ahead of the opening ceremonies Aug. 5.

“I don’t think so,” Bell said Tuesday via satellite from Rio during the Television Critics Association summer press tour when asked if NBC should have leaned on the Ioc to make a change. “You live in a world where there are going to be issues wherever you’re going to have the games. Right now, I think you could probably make the case that Zika is a bigger story in Florida »

- Daniel Holloway

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