THE WHO & RAY DAVIES: Not the Best Decision By NBC
Fans are upset over The Who and Ray Davies being excluded from NBC's prime-time presentation of the Closing Ceremony.
There are many music fans who felt NBC blew it Sunday night by not including performances by The Who and Ray Davies in their prime-time presentation of the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics. Despite announcer Bob Costas repeatedly saying The Who were still to come, NBC decided to cut away to air Animal Practice, a sitcom starring a monkey, followed by local news. At midnight ET, they resumed coverage and immediately showed The Who's performance.
As for Davies, his version of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" was edited out altogether, but was streamed live earlier in the day. Fans flooded NBC with complaints both on the phone and online. One viewer, Nate Barlow, tweeted, "No better way to turn people off a new show than to preempt The Who and other rock legends for it." And another viewer, Nina Diamond, wrote, "I think NBC has managed to become even less popular than Congress."