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Americans, Viewers Want Top Olympics Events Televised Live

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans who say they are watching the Olympics "a lot" are most likely to want the most popular events televised both live during the day as they happen and on tape delay in the evening. Seven in 10 (71%) of these Americans want the most popular events televised live and on tape delay, as do a majority (57%) of those who are watching a little of the games and 43% of those who aren't watching at all.

The results are from a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Aug. 4-5, 2012, in the midst of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and significant media coverage and online chatter about NBC Universal's coverage of the games. the Twitter hashtag #NBCFail has been alight with the tweets of those criticizing NBC's decision to televise the most popular events solely in the evening, many hours after they have been broadcast live worldwide and the results widely reported. Some have defended NBC's decision, arguing that NBC is pleasing its advertisers with record-high ratings in prime time and that the comments on Twitter do not represent the entire nation's views.

The poll finds that the majority of Americans nationwide (59%) do want both live and taped television coverage of the most popular events — with relatively few Americans saying they would prefer coverage that is solely live (17%) or solely tape delay (12%). the last figure suggests there is widespread dissatisfaction with NBC's decision to televise the most popular events solely on tape delay in the evening. it should be noted, however, that the question asked only about television broadcasts and thus does not include Americans' views about the live streaming options NBC offers online.

While it may not be surprising that those who are watching a lot of the games are the most likely to want more coverage, the data reveal the nuances implicit in the debate over whether NBC's coverage should be aimed at pleasing the public or advertisers and, in turn, the network.

The poll suggests NBC's decision does make good business sense in terms of advertisers' ability to reach sought-after affluent consumers. Higher-income, more-educated, and married Americans are the most likely among key subgroups to say they are watching a lot of the games on television — and significantly more likely than Americans overall.

At the same time, higher-income and more-educated Americans are also the most likely to say they want both live and taped television coverage of the most popular events, suggesting these groups might watch even more Olympics — and more ads — if there were live coverage of the most popular events. Conversely, Americans with a high school education or less are both the least likely to be watching a lot of the games and the most likely to express a preference for solely live coverage.

Americans who are employed for pay are no more likely to be watching a lot of the games than those who are not employed for pay — but are far more likely to want both live and taped coverage. This suggests NBC could potentially reach more employed Americans if it were to offer live coverage of the most popular events.

It also worth noting that 18- to 29-year-olds are among the least likely to say they are watching a lot of the games on television. it is possible that this tech-savvy demographic group is taking advantage of NBC's live online streaming. at the same time, they still would prefer both live and taped coverage of the most popular events to a degree similar to that of Americans nationwide.

Majority of Americans Aren't Avoiding or Seeking Olympics Results

Americans aren't going out of their way to adjust their news consumption in response to the Olympics coverage. the majority (52%) say they are not making a special effort to avoid finding out the results of the events before they are televised in prime time or making a special effort to find out the results as soon as they can. however, Americans who are watching a lot of the Olympics are significantly more likely than those who are watching a little to make both of these efforts.

These data may help explain why so many Americans prefer the live and taped broadcast option — so they can watch live broadcasts if and when they are able, and watch the taped evening broadcasts when that is more convenient.

Implications

The USA Today/Gallup poll makes clear that Americans as a whole would prefer that NBC air both live and taped coverage of the most popular Olympics events — and that most are not satisfied with the television coverage that is available. at the same time, the data reveal the current coverage is reaching a large majority of Americans, with 40% saying they are watching a lot of the games and another 38% saying they are watching a little, and that the majority of Americans aren't making a special effort to either get or avoid Olympics results. further, the finding that higher-income and more-educated Americans are among the most likely to be watching a lot of the games suggest advertisers will have plenty to be pleased about.

Still, the question remains whether more Americans would be watching more of the Olympics — and, in turn, more ads — if the most popular events were broadcast live. the fact that the majority of Americans, whether they are watching the games or not, express a preference for both live and taped coverage, suggests it is certainly possible.

Americans, Viewers Want Top Olympics Events Televised Live


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    Christina Aguilera's New Single Expected for August Release (Report)

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    A source tells Billboard that Aguilera is working hard on the follow-up to 2010's Bionic, and that a new single is expected to be released in early August. The club banger was produced by Swedish pop hit-maker Max Martin, and its chorus is built around the line, "all I want to do is what you wanted."

    Martin — best known for producing hits by Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, among others — has yet to helm a single for Aguilera.

    Meanwhile, duets with Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green, Aguilera's fellow coaches on NBC's The Voice, are apparently in the works for the singer's forthcoming album as well. Last April, Green revealed that he and Aguilera were indeed working on a follow-up to their first collaboration, "Nasty," which surfaced online last year after failing to make the final track list of Aguilera's Burlesque soundtrack in 2010. Aguilera's last collaboration with a Voice co-star, as a featured vocalist alongside Adam Levine on Maroon 5's 2011 single "Moves Like Jagger," netted the pop star her fifth chart-topper on the Hot 100, and her first No. 1 in 10 years.   Released through RCA Records in June 2010, Bionic has sold 308,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set failed to produce a hit single for the singer — its highest-charting cut, "not Myself Tonight," peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100. by comparison, the soundtrack to Burlesque, to which Aguilera contributed eight songs, has moved 593,000 copies since its November 2010 release, according to SoundScan.

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    In March 2011, the singer signed on as a coach for The Voice, which wrapped its second season on NBC in may. The reality competition will return for its third season this fall.

    Christina Aguilera's New Single Expected for August Release (Report)


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