Saturday, February 17, 2018

Olympics Coverage

Olympics ratings started strong for NBC, indicating makegoods won't be necessary, but viewership has declined in the last few nights. Streaming is going strong, though, especially among youth audiences.

Choe Sang-hun points out that most North Koreans aren't able to watch the Olympics on TV.

Adam Rippon has become a breakout start of the Games, and Richard Lawson shares what Rippon's outspokenness as an openly gay figure skater has meant to him personally.  Chris Schleicher sees in the skating of Rippon and Canadian Eric Radford a fierce rebuttal to homophobia. Spencer Kornhaber also sees in this Olympics the power of gay visibility. Daniel Fienberg sees challenges for NBC's preferred coverage in figures like Rippon and Shaun White.

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