There has been no shortage of complaints about
Nevertheless, the network rolled to a second straight night of record ratings Saturday wiith 28.7 million viewers.
Again, Baltimore also failed to make the Top 20 markets in terms of viewership. That is surprising given all the Olympic connections here -- particularly with Phelps.
Read about the complaints over NBC and its affiliates delaying results here.
On Twitter, you can visist the hashtages #nbcfails or #nbcdelayed to get a sense of the level of discontent.
The most widely circulated Sunday came from #nbcdelayed. It said: "BREAKING: American colonists announce independence, King to respond."
Here's the release from NBC Sports:
The first night of competition from the London Olympics (8:30-11:28 p.m. ET/PT) is the MOST-WATCHED for a Summer Games opening night on record, with 28.7 million average viewers, topping the first night of competition from the 1996 Atlanta Games by more than two million viewers (26.3 million).
Last night's viewership is nearly five million more than the first night of the 2008
NBC's two-day primetime average of 35.6 million viewers is the best start to a
Last night's competition on NBC, which featured the first duel between
Last night's national rating of 15.8/29 is also 34 percent higher than the first night of competition in Athens in 2004 (11.8/23), the last European Olympics.
AVERAGE VIEWERS FOR 1st NIGHT OF COMPETITION (ALL SUMMER GAMES ON RECORD):
1. London – 2012
28.7 Million NBC
2. Atlanta – 1996
26.3 Million NBC
3. Beijing – 2008
24.0 Million NBC
4. Seoul – 1988
23.8 Million NBC
5. Barcelona – 1992
21.6 Million NBC
6. Sydney – 2000
21.0 Million NBC
7. Athens – 2004
19.8 Million NBC
NBC'S DAYTIME AND LATE NIGHT VIEWERSHIP SOARS:
9:46 a.m.-Noon ET/PT averaged 12.3 million viewers, an increase of 56% over the first Saturday morning at the Beijing Games (7.9 million from 10 a.m.-Noon). The household rating in this time period (7.9/22) is 49% higher than the comparable morning from Beijing (5.3/16).
The Noon-6 p.m. ET/PT window drew 14.9 million viewers and a household rating of 9.3/23, an increase of 20% and 19%, respectively vs. Beijing Games.
The early-morning window (5-9:46 a.m. ET/PT) drew 5.1 million viewers and had a household rating of 3.6/16. There is no comparable coverage for this time period in previous Games.
The late night program (12:30-1:18 a.m. ET/PT) drew 7.4 million viewers and a household rating of 4.9/15, an increase of 35% and 29%, respectively.
TOP 20 METERED MARKETS FOR LAST NIGHT: