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Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Join ‘Today’ Show’s Monday Post-Oscar Broadcast

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 2:26pm PST

More screen time for Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski at NBCU. The It Couple of NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage willnbcs-johnny-weir-and-tara-lipinski-brought-22-pairs-of-shoes-and-10-pounds-of-jewelry-to-sochi__140225210302-575x431 be part of  NBC’s Today  Oscar show from LA on Monday. Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker are hosting the split Today show from LA, where Weir and Lipinski will join them to announce their red carpet winners and losers.

A couple days ago, NBCU announced Weir and Lipinski would join the company’s syndicated show Access Hollywood on the red carpet at the Oscars to report on the fashion, with Weir saying he hoped “to bring my own special brand of sparkle to the broadcast,” adding that he and Lipinski “hope to entertain America’s pants off.”

The duo got high marks for their ice-skating commentary for the networks of NBC at the Winter Games, but the two — and especially Weir — were Must See TV for their outfits. Weir and Lipinski told NBC’s Today during the Olympics that they came to Sochi with four suitcases apiece, describing the cases as being the same size as Ford Focuses and Audi S4s. They contained, among other things, 22 pair of shoes, 25 blazers, six pair of leather pants, 10 pounds of jewelry and four fur coats.

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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski To Judge Oscar Fashion On Red Carpet For ‘Access Hollywood’

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 1:09pm PST

NBCU‘s not done yet with the It Couple of NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage — announcing this afternoon that Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski — will join nbcs-johnny-weir-and-tara-lipinski-brought-22-pairs-of-shoes-and-10-pounds-of-jewelry-to-sochi__140225210302-575x431the company’s syndicated show Access Hollywood on the red carpet at the Oscars to report on the fashion. The duo got high marks for their ice-skating commentary for the networks of NBC at the Winter Games, but the two — and especially Weir — were Must See TV for their outfits.

“I am honored and so excited to be a part of the team for Access Hollywood’s Oscar coverage,” Weir said. “There is no time that LA shines brighter than during the Oscars, and I hope to bring my own special brand of sparkle to the broadcast. I am so privileged to work with my great friend, Tara Lipinski and together we hope to entertain America’s pants off.” Read More »

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Update: ‘Today Show’ Holds Lead In Sochi Week 2, But Drops Versus Week 1 and ’10 Games

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 12:42pm PST

Updated, 1:05 PM: Matt Lauer’s fish pedicure, Al Roker’s Russian lessons, Bode Miller’s defense of interviewer Christin Cooper  all helped NBC’s show edge out ABC’s Good Morning America last week, though its numbers were down compared to the show’s first week from the Sochi Games and compared to the second week of the 2010 Winter Games.

Today averaged 5.866 million viewers last week, according to Nielsen national fast program ratings,  topping ABC’s Good Morning America average of 5.588 million by 5% (278,000nbcsochi__131202172913__140212145821 viewers). That’s a bigger advantage than it snagged during the first week of the just concluded Winter Games. In the news demo, Today averaged 2.317 million viewers, which put it 7% (145,000 viewers) ahead of  GMA’s 2.172 million. Today’s second Sochi Games week overall-audience delivery is up 11% compared to its pre-Games first-quarter average. In the news demo, Week 2 jumped 183% compared to its pre-Games first-quarter average.

That’s the good news. Now, the rest: Today had averaged 6.134 million viewers during the first week of Sochi Games — this week’s haul represents a 4% drop. Four years ago, Today averaged 6.276 million viewers during the second week of Winter Olympics. In the demo, Today had averaged 2.506 million demo viewers — 8% better than Week 2.  And, four years ago, Today clocked 2.925 milllion demo viewers during the second week of Winter Games competition.

Meanwhile, GMA in Sochi Week 2 is up 21% in viewers of all ages … Read More »

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UPDATED: Sochi Olympics Official Day 1 Ratings Steady With Vancouver 2010, Up From Torino 2006

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 12:58pm PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857__140127203358UPDATE, 12:58 PM: The final numbers are in for the official first full-day of Olympics competition from Sochi and 2014 has remained basically even with Vancouver 2010 and pulled ahead of Torino 2006. NBC‘s primetime coverage of the 2014 Winter Games drew a 13.9/24 share household ratings result and 25.1M viewers. That’s a slight dip from the 14.0/25 results and down just over a million from the audience of 26.2 million of the comparative day in the Vancouver 2010 games. However, Saturday’s ratings saw a rise of 8% and 3% respectively for NBC over the 13.5/23 household rating and 23.2M viewers of Day 1 of competition in Torino 2006. Additionally, last night’s result is the best Saturday primetime on any of the big four since the second Saturday of the 2010 Vancouver games — which pulled in 26.6 million viewers.

Related: Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Ratings Dip From Vancouver 2010 But Surge From Torino 2006

PREVIOUS, 8:26 AM:, The first official full day of competition at the Sochi Olympics saw the U.S. snag its first Gold of the Games thanks to snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg’s Slopestyle victory. It also saw NBC‘s primetime coverage draw a 6.2/20 ratings result in preliminary fast nationals with 25.03 million watching. That’s a 17% slide from the 7.5/22 rating that the first full day of the last Winter Games in Vancouver got on February 13, 2010. That Saturday in … Read More »

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Sochi Olympics: Opening Ceremonies Semi-Live Blog

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 7:45pm PST

Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony4:30 PM ET: It’s the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. Which, yes, happened hours ago and are only now being shown on tape delay by NBC.

Friday night marks the opening ceremonies of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, and coverage will begin with a clip narrated by Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage. Dinklage, 44, plays Tyrion Lannister on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, where they also know something about winter.

“It almost seems like an oversight, that this nation, that bears so much of winter’s burden, has never before hosted the Winter Games,” Dinklage says. Sounds good. “More than ever before, snow has become the realm of the young,” he adds. What?

4:38 PM: Bob Costas runs through laundry list of stories surrounding the Games: terrorism threats, human rights issues, staggering sums spent, whether Sochi should have been granted the Games in the first place. Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer report it is freezing in Fisht Stadium, which is the only stadium ever built only for Olympics ceremony – opening and closing. Those are only events scheduled to be staged in the venue.

4:42 PM: First NBC new comedy promo.

4:45 PM: Costas interviews President Obama. It went something like this:

Costas: Why aren’t you, or VPOTUS or FLOTUS going to Games?

Obama: I haven’t gone to an Olympics since I became president event. Vancouver. Besides, nobody wants to see us –  they want to see the athletes.

Costas: You’re sending openly gay athletes Read More »

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NBC In Talks With Lindsey Vonn For Winter Olympics Coverage

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345“I don’t think she is going to be able to travel,” said NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell today of skier Lindsey Vonn joining the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia. However, Vonn could show up on NBC in some form or another, Bell said. “We have SKI-ALPINE-WORLD-WOMENbeen in discussions,” he said of Vonn, who had to drop out of the Games due to a knee injury. When pressed whether she would be on-air, Bell stoically replied “maybe.” Bell also noted during a call with reporters today that he wasn’t worried that the absence of the high-profile Vonn — a gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games and now a pop culture staple — would lead to a lack of viewer interest in U.S. participants. “There are plenty of established stars to go round, like Shaun White,” he said. “And there are always the unknowns. No one knew the gymnasts where, but they became stars,” he added of the U.S.’ breakout darlings of the 2012 London Olympics. Read More »

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NBC Signs David Remnick To Handle Russian Politics During Olympics Coverage With Guest Commentary

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 7:38am PST

NBC announced how it intends to handle coverage of Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law during its coverage of the upcoming Winter nbcsochiOlympics in Sochi: guest commentary. Sorry, Bob Costas. The network announced this morning it has hired New Yorker editor (and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief) David Remnick to provide guest commentary on the network’s air during its coverage of the Games. Remnick, will contribute to NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony and will offer commentary for NBC News in Sochi, the network said.

“We are facing an Olympics that have a number of issues around them — substantial, meaty, news issues,” NBC’s Olympics exec producer Jim Bell told Sports Illustrated over the weekend. “For us to be able to have an opportunity to address them with someone like David made perfect sense. We would be remiss not to rely on some of the best and brightest minds to help present this to our viewers the right way.”

Added Remnick: “I think they want to have someone who has a familiarity with Russian politics and culture, various controversies, Vladimir Putin and all these questions I have stepped in for a very long time.”  Bell said Remnick will kick off his in-Games commentary during the “creative part” of the opening ceremonies. Remnick served as a Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post and he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days Of The Read More »

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Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe & Lester Holt Join Bob Costas And Al Michaels As Hosts Of NBC’s Olympics Coverage

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 8:00am PST

nbcsochiDan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe will host NBCSN’s live weekday and weekend coverage and Lester will anchor weekday afternoon coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, NBC Olympics said today. They join previously announced Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime and late night host, and Al Michaels, who will serve as host for NBC on weekend afternoons and NBCSN on weekdays. Patrick is co-host of NBC’s Football Night In America and previously hosted NBC’s daytime coverage at the 2012 London Olympics. Lowe joined NBC Sports Group this year as host of its exclusive Premier League coverage in the U.S. And Holt is anchor of Dateline, weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News and co-anchor of NBC’s weekend edition of  Today. He previously served as a sports desk reporter for the 2012 London, 2010 Vancouver, 2008 Beijing and 2006 Torino Games. The Winter Games begin on February 6.

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