Networks Combine for 325.5 Hours of Olympic Coverage
Stamford, Conn. – May 24, 2016 – NBCUniversal networks Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network will combine to televise 325.5 hours of Rio Olympic programming this August, NBC Olympics announced today. Each of these widely-distributed networks has hosted previous Olympic programming and all will host medal-winning event finals. The Games begin on Friday, August 5, and conclude on Sunday, August 21, although preliminary soccer competition begins on August 3.
“In Rio we’re going to provide more live Olympics coverage than ever before, taking advantage of our incredible lineup of channels,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics. “With 34 sports happening in multiple locations over 17 days and nights, our ability to utilize these channels to show off great Olympic content will be an asset to our viewers.”
Bravo will once again serve as the home of Olympic tennis, televising 94.5 hours of coverage that begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Sunday, August 14, with the men’s singles final. The women’s singles final airs on Saturday, August 13. For each of the first five days, Bravo will televise Olympic tennis for more than 12 hours, from 9:30 a.m. ET until 10 p.m. ET. The final four days will each consist of eight hours of coverage, from 11 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET. This will be the third time that Bravo has hosted Olympic coverage (2004 and 2012).
CNBC’s 42 hours of coverage begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Friday, August 19. On weekdays, the network’s Olympic coverage will take place from 5-8 p.m. ET, after it concludes its traditional business and financial programming. This will be the ninth consecutive Olympics in which CNBC has provided coverage, every Games since 2000. The network will showcase elimination-round coverage of basketball and volleyball, as well as archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and many more sports.
MSNBC will carry 78.5 hours of Rio Olympic programming, including coverage of men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo, among other sports. As with CNBC, this will be the ninth consecutive Olympics in which the network has provided coverage, every Games since 2000. Coverage begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Saturday, August 20. Ten of the network’s 15 days of coverage take place from Noon ET to 5 p.m. ET.
After taking a hiatus during the 2012 London Olympics, USA Network returns to the Summer Games with 110.5 hours of programming from Rio. This will be the sixth time the network has carried Olympic programming (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014). Its coverage begins two days before the Opening Ceremony with women’s soccer on Wednesday, August 3, and concludes on Sunday, August 21, the final day of the Games. Most weekdays, USA will present eight hours of coverage, from 9 am ET to 5 p.m. ET, in addition to weekend programming. USA’s coverage includes men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and more.
NBC and NBCSN Olympic programming information will be released soon.
About NBC Olympics
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.