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Sochi’s Sucky Ratings

NBC SEES BIG DROP-OFF FROM VANCOUVER …  By Will Folks || As much as I tried, I just couldn’t get into the 2014 Sochi Olympic games. I watched a little bit of the opening ceremonies – and made a point to catch some of the exciting slopestyle competition – but beyond…

NBC SEES BIG DROP-OFF FROM VANCOUVER … 

By Will Folks || As much as I tried, I just couldn’t get into the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.

I watched a little bit of the opening ceremonies – and made a point to catch some of the exciting slopestyle competition – but beyond that I never really caught Olympic fever.

In fact the only real competition I spent any time assessing was whether Bob Costas or Matt Lauer came off as a bigger creep in interviewing ski diva Mikaela Shiffrin.

(Lauer won in a photo finish by the way …)

Part of the reason I didn’t get excited by these games? It’s become really, really hard to cheer for America lately. Not that the athletes representing the United States aren’t good people (they probably are) … but the country they represent has lost all credibility at home and abroad.

Or at least its government has …

Anyway … I wasn’t the only one who bailed on watching the Olympics this year. According to preliminary Nielsen ratings, Sochi’s closing ceremony drew 15.3 million viewers – down from 18 million who watched the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Games. Throughout the games, Sochi averaged 21.3 million viewers – which is down 13 percent from Vancouver. Sochi also struggled with the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic – falling 17 percent from Vancouver (and 10 percent from the 2006 Torino Games).

U.S.A.!!! U.S.A.!!!

Oh well … at least the Games were safe. We’re sure NBC executives are thrilled about that, right? Right?

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29 comments

Nölff February 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Winter Olympics just suck.
Ice dancing? You call that a sport?
Football is the only winter sport I give a damn about.

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idcydm February 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Not that I care that much for Ice dancing but it would be a kick to see football plays doing it.

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idiotwind February 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

america’s worst characteristic is it’s TV olympic coverage. it has always been beyond awful. they don’t trust the sports or fans. they are certain that we would rather see touchy feelies about the athlete’s back stories.

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Jackie Chiles February 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

Every athlete has overcome so much. If none of your parents are dead, they’ll find a grandparent, aunt, distant cousin, teacher, dog, cat, whatever it takes to show you overcame something to be good at a sport.

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Squishy123 February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

If it weren’t for the fucked up X-Games events the US would have been down there with Nigeria in the medal count. If it has the words “snowboard” or “half-pipe” in the event it needs to be eliminated from the next winter games.

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Guest February 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm
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Nölff February 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Rolling Stones
I see a #FF0000 door and I want it painted #000000

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euwe max February 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

#00000010 tons and what do you get?

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

The Rolling Stones?

Tennessee Ernie Ford?

What? Y’all lost TBG on this one…..

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euwe max February 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

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TontoBubbaGoldstein February 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm

OMG. You’ve gone full Philip Branton.

Never go full Philip Branton.

euwe max February 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I’m transfinite Branton.

shifty henry February 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

Max made no mention of “foreign oil” or “sand”…

euwe max February 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

…but I *am* willing to learn!

TontoBubbaGoldstein February 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

Touche’.
No mention of SPAWAR or cadets, either…

shifty henry February 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

hmmmm – just guessing but some of those could be..

1> a few bra sizes of the women you dated
2> results of IQ tests
3> mph on those speeding tickets you got
4> ages of the women when they dumped ya’

Jay Ellington February 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Oh? Were the Olympics on recently?

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Stinkbait February 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

“Part of the reason I didn’t get excited by these games? It’s become really, really hard to cheer for America lately.”
Well Bubba, to paraphrase my idol & a great American, Lewis Grizzard: “Aeroflot is ready when you are.”.

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DogVomit February 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

That stupid shit with the brooms.

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Bonner February 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I agree. Should be replaced with dwarf tossing.

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Dumper February 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

They should give those to the people on the streets and let them clean up

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euwe max February 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

They let Wiccans in the Olympics?

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Hairy Plotter February 25, 2014 at 5:31 am

You didn’t see it – the Quidditch was awsome!

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historybuff February 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

No Olympic “sport” should be judged. If you want to be judged, enter a dance contest or an art show.

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historybuff February 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

That includes gymnastics, diving, etc. in the summer games. If you can’t time it or measure it, it shouldn’t be in the Olympics. If they want to see who can dive from the highest platform that would be a legit event.

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Hairy Plotter February 25, 2014 at 5:33 am

Shallowest water!

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GrandTango February 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

So many traditional events are seeing a loss of interest…

Liberal have so politicized and polluted everything from the Grammy Awards to sports, it’s difficult to stomach. the Olympics are no different…

On top of that, we exalt people based on race, liberalism, homosexuality or gender…there is not any merit in anything.

When good people, and character are taken out of life…the people know it…and they will not accept what pop culture has down to water-down our society…

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euwe max February 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

So many traditional events are seeing a loss of interest…

——
KKK rallies, Survivalist Training Camps, Civil War Reenactments, lynchings, Red Scares, Jingoist Chants…

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rwwllms February 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

…and why did the other networks show reruns the whole time the Olympics were on? The media and networks need to realize that there is a sizable percentage of Americans that don’t give a damn about watching sports of any type.

It’s not that it’s hard to cheer for America, it’s hard to cheer for vastly overpaid professional athletes or college athletes that are pampered and spoiled and kept secure from the real world. Athletes really aren’t important, never have been, never will be. If every athlete in the world, professional or amateur, were to drop dead tonight come morning the world will continue on without missing a step.

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