Olympic Roundup: U.S. Reaches 1,000th Summer Olympics Gold

August 14, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Saturday Michael Phelps finished his last competition at the Summer Olympics in Rio—and his career—with a gold medal, and Simone Manuel gave the U.S. its 1,000th Summer Olympic gold medal. The U.S. is still on top in the medals race. Here's what marketers need to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics: American Women's Medley Relay Wins 1,000th Summer Olympic Gold Medal for U.S. Simone Manuel won the gold medal for a 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday after taking a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle. The gold medal marked the United States' 1000th Summer Olympic gold. (NBC Olympics) Here's the total medal leaderboard as it stood going into Sunday, according to NBC Olympics: United States: 60 China: 41 Great Britain: 30 Japan: 24 Ruussia: 23 Michael Phelps Helps U.S. to 4x100-Meter Medley Relay Win in Final Rio Race In the last Olympics competition of his career—the 4x100-meter medley relay—Michael Phelps won the gold, giving him 23 career gold medals. "It turned out pretty cool. It's just a perfect way to finish," he said. (ESPN) Jamaica's Elaine Thompson Is the Fastest Woman in the World Elaine Thompson of Jamaica became the unofficial fastest woman in the world Saturday after winning the women's 100 meters

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Olympic Roundup: Michael Phelps ‘Not Coming Back in 4 Years’

August 13, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Friday Michael Phelps put an end to any speculation that he will return to the Olympic games in four years, and Katie Ledecky smashed her own world record for the 800-meter freestyle. The U.S. remained on top of the medal count (now 50) again on Friday. Here's what marketers need to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics: Michael Phelps on Olympic Future: 'I Am Not Coming Back in Four Years' Ryan Lochte speculated that competitor Michael Phelps will be returning to the pool at the Olympic games in four years. However, Phelps himself confirmed that he is in fact retiring. (USA Today) Here's the total medal leaderboard as it stood going into Saturday, according to NBC Olympics: Leaderboard United States: 50 China: 37 Japan: 24 Great Britain: 22 Russia: 22 Ledecky Defends 800-Meter Free Title, Crushes Her Own World Record Michael Phelps isn't the only swimmer who made news at the Olympics on Friday

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Stephen Colbert Will Host a Live Election-Night Comedy Special for Showtime—Probably

August 11, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Stephen Colbert's resurgence this political season will continue on election night, Nov. 8, as the comedian hosts a live comedy special for Showtime. We think. David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, made the "half announcement" today at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "I think it's going to happen," Nevins said. "Stephen wants to do it. I want to do it. The studio wants to do it.

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NBC Gets Its Lowest Olympics Ratings Since Saturday, but Men’s Basketball Boosts NBCSN

August 11, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Wednesday night's Rio Olympics action featured a victory for U.S. beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, another gold medal for legendary Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, and a gold in the 200-meter freestyle relay for Katie Ledecky and the U.S. women. But the action Wednesday couldn't match Tuesday night's heroics, and early Nielsen ratings reflect that. The network delivered a 17.4 overnight rating (down 21 percent from the previous night) and an 8.9 prime-time rating in the 18-49 demo, which was down 11 percent from Tuesday night. They were the lowest figures since NBC Olympics' Saturday evening coverage. (Average total viewer figures will be released later this afternoon.) It was a positive evening for NBCSN, however. The U.S. men's basketball win over Australia and Brazil's defeat of Denmark in men's soccer gave the network a an Olympics-best 1.41 overnight rating. Salt Lake City (24.4) was once again the top local market for NBC Olympics evening coverage, followed by Denver (22.3), Indianapolis (20.0), St. Louis (19.4) and Columbus (19.2).

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Olympic Roundup: Carmelo Anthony Shatters a U.S. Record

August 11, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Team USA once again had a great night in Rio, staying on top in the medal count (now 32). Here are the most important stories for marketers to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics: Medal Count: Team USA Still Leads in Both Golds and Overall On Wednesday, Kristin Armstrong won the gold in the women's cycling time trial, and Daryl Homer earned a silver medal in fencing. Also, the United States' Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon brought in a silver medal for the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard event. But the United States' success didn't end there. (SB Nation) Here's the leaderboard as it stood going into Thursday: United States: 32 China: 23 Japan: 18 Russia: 15 Great Britain: 12 Carmelo Anthony Becomes Leading Basketball Olympic Scorer in U.S. History During the first quarter of the United States' game Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony became the country's all-time leading scorer, with 276 points. He ended the game with 31 points, making his total 293. (NBC Olympics) Katie Ledecky Adds Third Gold as U.S. Wins 4x200 Freestyle Relay Americans beat Australia by just 0.90 seconds Wednesday in the 4x200-meter freestyle, giving Katie Ledecky another gold medal - her third at the Rio Olympics. The U.S. was trailing during the first three legs of the race, but then Ledecky entered the pool. (ESPN) Why Do Olympic Pools Keep Turning Green?

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USA Swimming’s CMO Talks #PhelpsFace, Katie Ledecky and Lilly King

August 10, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The U.S. swim team has been on fire in Rio, thanks in part to gold medal winning moments from Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Lilly King. Moments like these make USA Swimming CMO Matt Farrell's job easier, he admits. "I think anyone could be chief marketer of USA Swimming during the Michael Phelps era," he laughs. "We're always thinking about how to ride the Olympic wave. If I sit next to somebody on a plane and tell them I work for USA Swimming, the first question they ask me is, 'What do you do the other three years [between the Olympics]?'" USA Swimming actually takes Olympic moments and uses them to stoke membership on swim teams throughout the year.

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This Week’s Must-Haves: Instagram’s Favorite Pool Toy Gets an Artsy Upgrade

August 9, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This week, the Adweek staff is highlighting fun summer accessories including a giant swan float, patio umbrella and watermelon keg kit. Take a look!

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Amazon Dedicates September to Comedy by Releasing 4 Series, Including One From Woody Allen

August 7, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The broadcast networks aren't the only ones rolling out most of their comedies when the new TV season kicks off in September. Amazon will debut four of its comedies, including the third season of Transparent, that same month. "This September will be Amazon's month of comedy, where we will debut four new comedy series in a row, the first streaming service to do so. We're calling it Amazon's month of comedy, unless we come up with something better before September," Amazon Studios' head of half-hour series Joe Lewis said today at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in L.A. One Mississippi, starring comedian Tig Notaro and inspired by her life, debuts on Sept. 9. Fleabag, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who also wrote every episode) as a detached London woman, airs on Sept. 16. The critically-acclaimed Transparent returns for Season 3 on Sept. 23.

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The People V. O.J. Simpson, Mr. Robot and Black-ish Win TCA Awards

August 7, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story cemented its status as one of the year's most acclaimed shows on Saturday, as it picked up three Television Critics Awards. At the L.A. ceremony, FX's critically acclaimed miniseries, which is nominated for 22 Emmys next month, was honored in a trio of categories: program of the year, outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries and specials, as well as individual achievement in drama for Sarah Paulson, who played Marcia Clark. The 2016 TCA Awards, which honor the top TV shows and actors of the past season, recognized some programs and stars overlooked by Emmy voters, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom (individual achievement in comedy) and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (outstanding achievement in news and information), which did land a writing nomination, but was shut out in the variety talk series category.

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Here’s Why NBC Believes Viewers Are So Frustrated With Olympics Ads

August 6, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While 28 percent fewer people tuned into NBC's Rio Olympics opening ceremony than London's Summer Games four years ago, some of those who did watch Friday night weren't happy with what they considered a series of commercials occasionally interrupted by an opening ceremony. Viewers took to social media to complain about NBC's heavy ad load during the ceremony, especially early on, and the network's decision to air and stream the ceremony on a one-hour delay. NBC Sports, however, told Adweek that the ad load was "very similar" to that for the London opening ceremony, but because viewing habits have changed so much in the past four years, the commercial breaks are now more noticeable to audiences. They sure were. Many viewers took to Reddit and social media (some using the hashtag #nbcfail) to complain about NBC's presentation of the opening ceremony: In effort to realize record profits from Rio 2016, NBC to become first network to air more than 60 minutes of commercials in a single hour. — Norman Chad (@NormanChad) August 6, 2016 Conversation in NBC conference room. "If we tape delay one hour we can add a full hour of commercials." "Brilliant." #OpeningCeremony — Bob Kevoian (@bobkevoian) August 6, 2016 nbc olympics coverage: where there are commercials about commercials — Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) August 6, 2016 That response could be alarming news for NBC Sports, which has already sold $1.2 billion in national Olympics ads, 75 percent of which accounted for advertising in NBC's prime-time coverage. "As we did for London, we inserted a few more commercials earlier in the show so that we can afford time later in the show to present as much of the ceremony as we can, including every single country in the Parade of Nations," said an NBC Sports spokesperson. "Given that the commercial load was very similar to London, we believe that consumption habits, such as binge-watching and 'marathoning,' have changed perceptions among the viewing audience regarding commercials." Once the ceremony got under way, NBC did space out the ad breaks closer to 15 minutes, which was less frequent that the usual seven-minute average between ad breaks. As for the decision to broadcast and stream the opening ceremony on a one-hour delay, NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said last month that while Rio would be the most "live" Olympics yet because it's only an hour ahead of the East Coast, the network was delaying the opening ceremony "to give context to the show. This opening ceremony will be a celebration of Brazilian culture, of the pageantry, of the excitement, of the flare that this beautiful nation has. And we think it's important that we're able to be that in context for the viewer so it's not just a flash of color." After Friday night's social media outrage, an NBC Sports spokesperson offered a further explanation for the opening ceremony delay: "It's not a sports competition. It's a cultural ceremony that requires deep levels of understanding, with numerous camera angles and our commentary laid over it

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