Top Rated 2012 Olympic Broadcasts

CTV released their final 2012 Olympic ratings this afternoon. I’m not going to bother debating their coverage anymore, simply because it’s over. I don’t care anymore. The next potential chance for CTV to show an Olympics isn’t until 2018. That’s a long way off. The numbers are fairly staggering. An average of 7.5 million Canadians (5.1 million watched it live on CTV alone) watched the closing ceremony last night. Not only does that make it the highest rated closing ceremony ever, but the highest rated Summer Olympic broadcast too. A combined audience of 2.419 watched the Beijing Closing Ceremony (live and encore) on CBC and CBC Newsworld in 2008.

Here is a comparison of 2004, 2008 and 2012 for Morning, Overnight (which was live in 2008) and Primetime coverage, as well as the Ceremonies. Note that CBC didn’t have Daytime coverage in 2008, so I’ve chosen not to include it.

Olympic Morning (CTV/CBC)
Athens 2004: 322, 000
Beijing 2008: 675, 000
London 2012: 922, 000*

Note: London 2012 only only days 1-9, which is all that’s available at the time.

Olympic Primetime (CTV/CBC)
Sydney 2000: 1.255 million
Athens 2004: 1.1 million
Beijing 2008: 1.294 million
London 2012: 1.967 million*

*Note: London 2012 only includes days 1-9, which is all that’s available at the time.

Olympic Primetime (TOTAL)
Beijing 2008: 1.434 million
London 2012: 2.8 million*

*Note: London 2012 only includes through day 13. The last two full days of competition are not available. 2008 includes CBC and TSN broadcasts (and not RDS or Radio-Canada), while 2012 includes all networks involved in the consortium.

Olympic Overnight (CTV/CBC)
Athens 2004: 212, 000
Beijing 2008: 544, 000
London 2012: 429, 000*

*Note: London 2012 only includes days 1-9, which is all that’s available at the time.

Opening Ceremony (live broadcast only)
Atlanta 1996: 4.3 million
Athens 2004: 1.4 million
Beijing 2008: 1.6 million
London 2012: 6.4 million

Closing Ceremony (live broadcast only)
Beijing 2008: 933, 000
London 2012: 5.1 million

(Credit to Chris Zelkovich for past CBC ratings)

Of course, it is worth remembering that sports ratings have trended higher since BBM Canada introduced portable-people-metres as their measurement system in 2010.

A couple more numbers to think about. The peak minute audience for CBC in 2008 was 2.574 million, for Simon Whitfield’s silver medal performance in triathlon. The 2012 opening ceremony peaked at 8.1 million viewers. CBC averaged around 300, 000 streams per day in 2008. CTVOlympics.ca cracked the million mark consistently, which shows the direction sports broadcasting is headed.

Here are the ten most watched 2012 Olympic events on CTV. Following the break, you can find many more ratings I’ve compiled over the past two weeks.

1. Athletics, men’s 100m final (CTV, V, RDS) – 6.2 million
2. Women’s Soccer, Canada v. USA (CTV, TSN, V) – 3.8 million
3. Athletics, men’s 1500m semifinal (CTV, V) – 3.1 million
4. Swimming, women’s 50m freestyle final (CTV, RDS) – 3.0 million
5. Athletics, women’s 400m hurdles, round 1 (CTV, V) – 3.0 million
6. Swimming, men’s 4x100m medley final (CTV, RDS) – 2.9 million
7. Swimming, men’s 1500m final (CTV, RDS) – 2.8 million
8. Athletics, men’s 200m final (CTV, V, RDS) – 2.7 million
9. Women’s beach volleyball, CZE-USA (CTV) – 2.6 million
10. Cycling, men’s omnium 15km (CTV, RDS) – 2.5 million

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Beady Eye Perform at Olympic Closing Ceremony

Gem (left) and Liam (right) perform at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

As many readers may know, Oasis mean more to me than any other band. Period. They’re my Beatles, or whatever (not to say they’re better than the Beatles). Beady Eye performed at the Olympics Closing Ceremony tonight. They did the biggest Oasis hit internationally, 1995’s Wonderwall. It seemed to ignite a firestorm, among Oasis fans and others. Not only did I not have a problem with it, I was happy. Here’s why. (Note: if you come here for sports media, you may just want to skip this one. Just needed to get it off me.)

One thing that really bugs me is the use of “cover band” or “Liam’s new band”. NBC went as far as to call them The Bootleg Beatles, except for Oasis. I grew up with the last line-up of Oasis. All the big songs that I remember coming out (Stop Crying Your Heart Out, Lyla, Shock of the Lightning) featured the line-up of Liam, Noel, Gem Archer and Andy Bell. This was the line-up from 2001 through the break-up of Oasis in 2009. Drummer Chris Sharrock joined them for their last world tour. As much as I liked the originals with Bonehead, Guigsy and Alan White, this was the lineup I grew up with.

Archer and Bell (as well as Liam, obviously) performed Wonderwall, Morning Glory and Rock n Roll Star live most every night for ten years together. If they choose to do the same with Beady Eye, it doesn’t make them a cover band. Despite the fact that Noel wrote them (and is receiving royalties on them), this is the exact same line-up that played them for ten years. Only difference is movement on instruments (Archer to lead/acoustic guitar, Bell to rhythm guitar and a new bassist) and the lack of Noel, who isn’t exactly a great guitarist in his own right.

Also important to remember, Noel left Oasis. Therefore, in my mind at least, Beady Eye is the continuation of Oasis. Nobody would be complaining if Noel showed up and did his current (boring, in my opinion) version of Wonderwall. Noel turned the opportunity down.

Let’s be honest, if Noel was there Liam wouldn’t have sang the song any better. So, there is no way anyone can say the performance would have been better if it was Oasis. Anyone can play it on guitar, especially Gem and Andy.

Anyway, I’ve had enough of everyone slagging off on members of my favourite band. Were Liam’s vocals 1996-esque. No? But we’ll never see that again. An Oasis reunion won’t revive his vocals. But, he was a lot better than Jesse J.

London 2012: Medals for Commentators

Right then, the Games of the XXX Olympiad are now closed. Regardless of TV coverage and Canadian performances (or lack of), London put on a great show. It was a great Olympics for the United Kingdom. Now that the Olympics, and CTV’s reign as official Olympic broadcaster in Canada, are over, I thought I’d have a little fun. Rank the commentators who most deserve medals. I’ve included any commentators that I’ve heard on a regular basis over the past couple weeks. CTV and NBC. I know some (many?) will disagree, but I don’t really care because the Games are done now. Chances are Rod Black won’t call a gymnastics competition anytime soon. And Blythe Hartley and Joanne Malar won’t be on TV at all.

I’ve divided everything up into three categories. They are: Play-by-play, Analyst and Studio host. I’ve also created a top 3 list exclusively for commentators working in Toronto. Here it is.

Play-by-Play (on-site)
Gold: Terry Gannon (rowing/canoeing, NBC)
Silver: Rod Smith (swimming/diving, CTV)
Bronze: Paul Romanuk (weightlifting, CTV)
4th: Gord Miller (athletics, CTV)
5th: Mike Emrick (water polo, NBC)

Gannon is one of the more versatile play-by-play commentators in North America. A play-by-play announcer for Golf Channel, he is now part of NBC due to the Comcast takeover. While Rob Faulds is a good rowing commentator, Gannon’s calls were level-headed and rarely biased.

Smith has a prime role in Canadian sports broadcasting as the 6pm ET host of SportsCentre. Personally, I think his talents are better used in the broadcast booth. His booming voice was great for speed skating in Vancouver and swimming in London. I’d like to see him get a spot calling play-by-play for the CFL on TSN, personally.

Romanuk is one of the all-time great Canadian sportscasters. He’d probably be right there with Chris Cuthbert and Dan Shulman, had he not decided to move to London a few years back. He called basketball in Beijing for CBC, before moving into the obscure (in Canada at least) sport of weightlifting in 2012. Not only did he impress, especially on the call for Christine Girard’s bronze medal, but I often watched a sport I had never watched before.

I was also pleasantly surprised by Miller. For me, the trio of Miller, Moorcroft and Smith was the best during the Olympics. They put the biggest night of the Games, day #8 in athletics, into great context. His call of “an extraordinary Saturday night in London” paid homage to the great Don Wittman in a way. I’ll never forget watching that athletics session and Miller’s commentary goes hand-in-hand with it. I also loved that Miller let Jamaica have their moment of glory before mentioning that Canada had finished 3rd in the men’s 4x100m relay.

Emrick is best-known as the main play-by-play commentator for the NHL on NBC. I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of water polo. However, Emrick’s voice during the middle of summer makes it worth tuning into.

Play-by-Play (Toronto studio)
Gold: Luke Wileman (soccer, CTV)
Silver: Eric Smith (boxing, CTV)
Bronze: Jim van Horne (tennis/badminton/boxing, CTV)
4th: RJ Broadhead (beach volleyball, CTV)
5th: Bryan Mudryk (various sports, CTV)

Luke Wileman was the voice (in Canada) of the greatest soccer game in Olympic history (as British commentator Dan O’Hagan put it). Not only was he the voice of that match, but also the redemption game for Canada against France for bronze. The team captured the hearts of the nation. Wileman called it from Toronto, and very well-so, I may add.

Eric Smith might not be a familiar name to many. He works on The Fan 590 as a Raptors analyst. For the Olympics, he was as boxing commentator. Even though he was in Toronto, he caught things that some at Excel might not even have noticed.

Jim van Horne and Bryan Mudryk get on the list for being versatile, if nothing else. Van Horne called Milos Raonic’s marathon match against Jo Wilfried Tsonga, the Bruce/Li doubles semifinal (badminton was never even originally scheduled to air in Canada in English) and the debut women’s boxing with Mary Spencer. While none of those athletes went on to win medals, they were some of the seminal moments in the Games. Van Horne is an Olympics veteran, and a valuable asset to the CBC come 2016.

Heese and Broadhead impressed me overall. I actually preferred them to NBC’s beach volleyball commentators, who seemingly repeated the same, tired cliches day after day. They did their research, attending the Canadian Olympic Trials in July. Broadhead new the athletes, the terms and the rules. He impressed on Nordic sports in Vancouver and again on beach volleyball in London.

Mudryk only beats van Horne in that he called judo, taekwondo, equestrian. Who knew he was so versatile. I’d honestly never watched judo before, but Mudryk explained the rules perfectly, better than the analyst Frazier Will in fact. I’ll admit, I almost gave this spot to Vic Rauter simply for his counting-up of points during Martine Dugrenier’s repechage match.

Analyst
Gold: Michael Smith & David Moorcroft (athletics, CTV)
Silver: Emily Cordonier (volleyball, CTV)
Bronze: Mark Heese (beach volleyball, CTV)
4th: Rowdy Gains (swimming; NBC)
5th: Russ Anber (boxing, CTV)

Smith amd Moorcroft were exceptional on CBC in 2008, and again this time for CTV. Moorcroft put Britain’s super Saturday into a great British perspective, without coming across as biased. Canada had great results in the heptathlon and decathlon. Smith was a decathlete for Canada, so he was able to analyze the competitions better than both. Both Smith and Moorcroft acknowledged the rule broken by Canada in the men’s 4x100m relay. In fact, they were first to say it must be a lane violation because all of the handovers were legal. Again, not biased. By luck, and preparation, CTV’s athletics team was Olympics broadcasting at its finest.

Cordonier was very impressive in her broadcasting debut. She was another example of a Canadian commentator who was better than her American counterpart at NBC. Her and Kevin Quinn worked well together. She explained many of the technical rules of indoor volleyball (which are more detailed and confusing than the beach version). It didn’t hurt that her and commentator Kevin Quinn had a couple of spectacular comebacks in the men’s and women’s gold medal matches.

The same things I said about Broadhead and Cordonier apply to Heese.

With no Byron McDonald in London and the annoying Joanne Malar on CTV, Gains was the top analyst for swimming in 2012. Sure, he is a bit American biased at times, but he knows his stuff. I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping McDonald is back for Rio on CBC.

Those who like Russ Anber really like him. Those who don’t, well they really don’t. He is excitable. I miss the days of In This Corner on TSN, as well as the time when TSN would produce their own coverage of World Championship fights taking place in Canada. Having Anber back on TV was a bit of a flashback to that.

Studio Host
Gold: Brian Williams (Primetime, CTV)
Silver: Al Michaels & Dan Patrick (Daytime, NBC)
Bronze: James Duthie (Daytime, CTV)

Williams is Williams, regardless of what the haters say. He knows more about amateur sports than the rest of the country combined. It will be a sad day if Sochi rolls around and Williams isn’t on Canadian televisions.

Michaels and Patrick are two legends in American sports broadcasting. I actually really enjoyed their daytime show on NBC. Michaels will now go back to being the best NFL commentator with Sunday Night Football starting next week.

I was actually quite impressed with Duthie. Who knew he was so well-versed in amateur sports? Hopefully if TSN sub-licenses 2014/16 Olympic coverage from CBC, he will host their primetime show.

Coming up later this week, I’ll have some final thoughts on CTV’s brief era as Canada’s Olympic broadcaster and how they changed the way we watch the Games forever. I’ll also look ahead to CBC’s coverage of Sochi 2014, which is less than 18 months away. I’ll also have a complete ratings report for the 2012 Olympics, hopefully on Wednesday.

Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 16 (Sunday, August 12)

Well it’s here, everyone. Been a great two weeks, even seemingly heartbreak after heartbreak for Canada during week 2. Tomorrow the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London come to a close. There are still medals to be handed out in volleyball, basketball, the men’s marathon, boxing, wrestling, handball, mountain biking, rhythmic gymnastics, water polo and modern pentathlon (which isn’t on TV). Otherwise, Canadians can see every single day 16 gold medal final.

And then there’s the closing ceremony, which will include some of the best British pop and rock acts of all time. Rumoured/confirmed performers include The Who, Spice Girls, Queen, Pink Floyd, Ray Davies and Beady Eye. So, here is Liam and Gem from Beady Eye doing Wonderwall (the song they’re expected to do) while you read the schedule for the final day of Olympic competition.

Rosie MacLennan won Canada’s lone gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, in women’s trampoline.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Men’s Volleyball: Bulgaria v. Italy (live; 4:30am)
Men’s Basketball: Argentina v. Russia (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Volleyball: Russia v. Brazil (live; 8:00am)
Men’s Basketball: United States v. Spain (live; 10:00am)
Men’s Boxing: 52kg, 60kg, 69kg, 81kg, +91kg Finals (12:30pm)

TSN MORNING

Athletics: Men’s Marathon (live; 6:00am)
Cycling: Men’s Mountain Bike (live; 8:30am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Italy (live; 10:50am)
Men’s Volleyball: Russia v. Brazil (12:00pm)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Men’s Handball: Hungary v. Croatia (live; 6:00am)
Wrestling: Men’s 66kg & 96kg medal rounds (live; 8:00am)
Men’s Handball: Sweden v. France (live; 11:00am)
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Group Final (12:30pm)

OLN DAYTIME

Water Polo: Montenegro v. Serbia (live; 9:30am)

NBC DAYTIME

Athletics: Men’s Marathon (live; 6:00am)
Men’s Basketball: United States v. Spain (live; 10:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Italy (12:30pm)
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Group Final (1:45pm)
Wrestling: Men’s 66kg & 96kg (2:45pm)
Men’s Volleyball: Russia v. Brazil (4:00pm)

OLYMPIC FAREWELL on CTV/TSN/SPORTSNET/OLN (2:00-4:00pm)

Brian Williams takes Canadians through the best of London 2012. Along with encores of key Canadian performances and interviews, the show looks back at the inspiring stories and outstanding achievements that captivated the nation, including the Canadian women’s soccer team, Usain Bolt, and Missy Franklin. During the two-hour show, Lisa LaFlamme fronts a piece on women in sport, highlighting the courageous women competing for countries with female athletes for the first time in Olympic history. The feature also looks at the remarkable performances of Gabby Douglas in gymnastics, Missy Franklin in the pool, and Jessica Ennis on the track. Stephen Brunt also returns with his last essay of the Games, examining how London 2012 has redefined Great Britain through the golden performances of Team GB during last week’s ‘Super Saturday’.

CLOSING CEREMONY on CTV/TSN/SPORTSNET/OLN (4:00-7:00pm)

Hosted by James Duthie and Jennifer Hedger, this spectacle caps off the 17 days of London 2012 and celebrates the athletes that made these Games possible. Dubbed “a mashed-up symphony” of British music by artistic director Kim Gavin, the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY is set to include some of Great Britain’s top musical acts including Muse, Ed Sheeran, George Michael, the Spice Girls, The Who, Annie Lennox and more. The show will also celebrate Rio, host of the 2016 Games, with a Brazilian-themed performance.

CTV PRIMETIME (7:30pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Closing Ceremony

TSN PRIMETIME (7:30pm-11:00pm)

Closing Ceremony

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:30pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Closing Ceremony

OLN PRIMETIME (7:30pm-11:00pm)

Closing Ceremony

NBC PRIMETIME (7:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

London Gold Review Show (7:00pm)
Closing Ceremony (8:30pm)
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Athletisme et Velo de Montagne (Hommes) (en direct, 4h00)
Handball (Hommes) (HUN vs. CRO), Volleyball (Hommes) (RUS vs. BRA), Water-polo finale (Hommes) (en direct, 10h00)
Résumé suivit de la cérémonie de clôture (en direct, 15h00)
Résumé et cérémonies de cloture (en direct,  15h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Volleyball (Hommes) et Basketball Bronze (Hommes) (ARG vs. RUS) (en direct, 4h00)
Basketball (Hommes), Volleyball (Hommes) et Water-polo (Hommes) (en direct, 10h00)
Résumé et cérémonies de cloture (en direct,  15h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Handball Médaille de Bronze (Hongrie vs Croatie) (en direct; 6h00)
Boxe finale (hommes) (en direct, 8h30)
Water-polo (hommes) Finale Croatie vs Italie (en direct, 10h45)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.

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London 2012 Primetime Highlights: Day 15

First off, sorry I didn’t post a complete broadcast schedule today. Was busy with other things last night. But, here are the primetime highlights across CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN and NBC this evening. Lots of medals given out (and taken away, kind of) on the penultimate day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CTV: Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 15 highlights and results. With a focus on Canadian performances, the four hour show looks at Catharine Pendrel in mountain bike, Mark de Jonge, Hugues Fournel and Ryan Cochrane in canoe/kayak, Riley McCormick* and Eric Sehn* in men’s 10m platform diving and more. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also recaps the athletics events of the day – including another highly-anticipated race featuring Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in the men’s 4x100m relay – and the men’s soccer final.

TSN: Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 15 highlights including recaps of the women’s volleyball gold medal game between Brazil and the United States, the men’s soccer final featuring Brazil vs. Mexico and men’s taekwondo +80kg with Canada’s François Coulombe-Fortier.

Sportsnet: Host Brad Fay recaps Canadian mountain biker Catharine Pendrel’s quest for a medal in the women’s cross-country. Pendrel is also featured in The Experts, where she proves to bobsledders Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown just how hard her sport really is. Plus, Sportsnet looks back at the incredible journey of the Canadian women’s soccer team.

OLN: Men’s Hockey Final: Germany v. Netherlands

NBC Primetime: Track & Field finals include men’s 4×100 and women’s 4×400 relays. Also, the men’s platform Diving semifinal and final, and the women’s Volleyball final.

NBC Late Night: Finals in the 60kg, 84kg and 120kg weight classes in men’s freestyle Wrestling.

Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 14 (Friday, August 10)

2008 Olympic silver medalist Karine Sergerie (pictured) and Sébastien Michaud are medal contenders in Taekwondo on Friday.

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Canoeing: Preliminary Heats/Semifinals (live; 4:30am)
Boxing: Men’s Semifinals (live; 8:30am)
Cycling: BMX Semifinals/Finals (live; 10:00am)

TSN MORNING

Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg preliminaries (live; 6:00am)
Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg last 16/quarters/semis (live; 8:00am)
Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg quarters/semis (live; 10:00am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Swimming: Men’s 10km Marathon (live; 7:00am)
Synchronized Swimming: Women’s Team Final (live; 10:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. New Zealand (live; 10:30am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Montenegro (12:30pm)
Women’s Hockey: Netherlands v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Canoeing: Semifinals (10:00am)
Men’s Water Polo: Croatia v. Montenegro (live; 10:40am)
Canoeing: Semifinals (11:45am)
Swimming: Men’s 10km Marathon
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (1:45pm)
Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg Finals (2:45pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Men’s Basketball: Spain v. Russia (live; 12:00pm)
Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Basketball: Argentina v. United States (live; 4:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Wrestling: Men’s 55kg/74kg medal round (live; 1:00pm)
Taekwondo: Men’s 80kg/Women’s 67kg medal round (live; 3:00pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (11:30am)
Men’s Volleyball: Bulgaria v. Russia (12:30pm)
Diving: Men’s 10m Preliminaries (live; 2:00pm)
Soccer: Korea v. Japan (live; 2:45pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 14 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four-hour show recaps the athletics events of the day, BMX cycling and Tory Nyhaug*’s performance, taekwondo with looks at Karine Sergerie and Sébastien Michaud’s results, diving, canoe/kayak, and marathon swimming.

TSN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-9:30pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through Day 14 highlights including recaps of men’s volleyball semifinals, Canada’s underwater performance in synchronized swimming, and men’s water polo semifinal #2 (Italy v. Serbia)

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (10:30pm-2:30am ET)

Host Brad Fay reviews the men’s basketball semifinals with coverage of powerhouse Argentina taking on the favoured United States, as well as Spain vs. Russia. Canadians Karine Sergerie and Sébastien Michaud look to fight their way to the podium in taekwondo, while Adam van Koeverden teaches kayaking in another edition of The Experts.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Canoeing: Qualifying Heats/Semifinals

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

Finals in Track & Field relays, plus finals in BMX Cycling, a men’s Volleyball semifinal, and qualifying in men’s platform Diving.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

Finals in the women’s hammer throw and 5000m, and a men’s Water Polo semifinal match.
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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Canöe-kayak course en ligne (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale (en direct, 4h30)
Nage en eau libre (femmes) – finale (en direct, 7h00)
BMX (hommes, femmes) – demi-finale/finale (en direct, 10h00)
Handball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 12h00)
Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – quarte de finale/demi-finale (en direct, 13h15)
Soccer (hommes) – médaille de bronze (en direct, 14h45)
Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – finale (en direct, 17h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Taekwondo (hommes, femmes) – préliminaires (en direct, 4h00)
Boxe (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 8h30)
Nage synchronisée (femmes) – finale par équipe (en direct, 10h00)
Water-polo (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 11h30)
Basketball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 12h00)
Athlétisme (hommes, femmes) – séries/finale (en direct, 14h00)
Basketball (hommes) – demi-finale (en direct, 16h25)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

Volleyball (hommes)  (en direct, 10h00)
Boxe (hommes) (en direct, 11h30)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualification (live; 7:00am) – Urdu
Women’s Hockey: Great Britain v. New Zealand (live; 11:10am)
Women’s Hockey: Netherlands v. Argentina (live; 3:00pm)

OMNI.1

Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Athletics: Finals (live; 2:00pm) – Punjabi
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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Olympic Broadcast Schedule: Day 13 (Thursday, August 9)

Damien Warner is sitting in 3rd after day 1 of the decathlon. ((Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Each day during the 2012 Olympic Games the Canadian Sports Media Blog, in conjunction with Channel Canada, will provide an Olympic broadcast schedule for all official broadcasters that are available in Canada. These include CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, RDS, V, RDS2, ATN, OMNI, plus American broadcaster NBC. After the broadcast schedule is a complete list of events for the day. Many of these are available for live streaming on CTVOlympics.ca.

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ENGLISH ROADCASTERS: CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, NBC
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CTV MORNING

Diving: Women’s 10m Semifinal (live; 5:00am)
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Individual qualifying (live; 7:00am)
Women’s Soccer: Canada v. France (live; 8:00am)
Women’s Volleyball: Korea v. United States (live; 10:00am)

TSN MORNING

Canoeing: Finals (6:00am)
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Individual qualifying (live; 7:30am)

SPORTSNET MORNING

Athletics: Qualifying rounds (live; 6:00am)
Wrestling: Women’s 55kg last 16/quarters/semis (live; 8:00am)
Cycling: Men’s BMX (live; 10:00am)

OLN DAYTIME

Equestrian: Individual Grand Prix Freestyle (live; 7:30am)
Women’s Water Polo: Australia v. Hungary (live; 1:30pm)
Women’s Water Polo: United States v. Spain (live; 3:00pm)

NBC DAYTIME

Synchronized Swimming: Team Technical Routine (live; 10:00am)
Canoeing: Finals (10:45am)
Swimming: Women’s 10km marathon
Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualifying
Women’s Water Polo: Australia v. Hungary (live; 1:40pm)
Women’s Water Polo: United States v. Spain (live; 3:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Alison/Emmanuel (BRA) v. Brink/Reckermann (GER) (live; 4:00pm)

CTV DAYTIME

Boxing: Women’s Finals (live; 11:30am)
Athletics: Semifinals/Finals (live; 1:00pm)

TSN DAYTIME

Women’s Basketball: Australia v. United States (live; 12:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Pļaviņš/Šmēdiņš (LAT) v. Nummerdor/Schuil (NED) (live; 2:00pm)
Women’s Soccer: Japan v. United States (live; 2:45pm)

SPORTSNET DAYTIME

Synchronized Swimming: Team Technical  Routine (12:30pm)
Diving: Women’s 10m Final (live; 2:00pm)
Men’s Beach Volleyball: Alison/Emmanuel (BRA) v. Brink/Reckermann (GER) (live; 4:00pm)

CTV PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm LOCAL)

Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 13 highlights and results with a focus on Canadian performances. The four-hour show recaps the women’s soccer bronze and gold medal match-ups, athletics events including the highly anticipated men’s 200m final with Usain Bolt* and Yohan Blake*, as well as the women’s 10m platform results featuring Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion.

TSN2 PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 13 highlights and recaps including the women’s basketball semifinals and the women’s water polo gold medal game

SPORTSNET PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm ET/MT/PT)

Host Brad Fay provides viewers with highlights from Day 13’s premier events, including Usain Bolt’s attempt to defend his title in the men’s 200m final. A full review of the highly anticipated women’s gold medal soccer match between USA and Japan will also be presented, as well as coverage from the women’s 10m platform final as Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion look for their second medal of the Games.

OLN PRIMETIME (7:00pm-11:00pm)

Canoeing: Finals
Men’s Hockey: Semifinals

NBC PRIMETIME (8:00pm-Midnight ET/PT)

Track & Field finals include the men’s 200m, plus semifinals and finals in women’s platform Diving, a women’s Volleyball semifinal between the United States and South Korea, and quarterfinal action in men’s BMX Cycling.

NBC LATE NIGHT (12:35am-1:35am ET/PT)

A women’s Volleyball semifinal match between Brazil and Japan, plus the final in the women’s javelin throw.

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DIFFUSEURS FRANCOPHONE: V, RDS, RDS2
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LONDRES 2012 à V

Plongeon (femmes) et nage en eau libre (femmes) (en direct, 4h00)
Volleyball (femmes), boxe (femmes), handball (femmes) et water-polo (femmes) (en direct, 10h00)
Plongeon (femmes), soccer (femmes), volleyball de plage et water-polo (femmes) (en direct, 14h00)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS

Canoe-kayak, athletisme, taekwondo et soccer (femmes) (en direct, 4h00)
Nage synchronisee, volleyball (femmes) et basketball (femmes) (en direct, 10h00)
Athletisme, taekwondo et basketball (femmes)  (en direct, 14h30)

LONDRES 2012 à RDS2

BMX – Hommes (en direct, 10h00)

Aujourd`hui à Londres à V (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Jean Pagé examines the day’s highlights.

Aujourd`hui à Londres à RDS (7:00-11:00pm)

Host Chantal Machabée presents the highlights from the third day of London 2012 competition.
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MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS: OMNI, ATN
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ATN

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Individual qualifying (live; 7:00am)

OMNI.1

Women’s Soccer: Canada v. France (1:30pm)
Women’s Soccer: Japan v. United States (live; 3:30pm)
Italian Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Portuguese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI.2

Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm)
Cantonese Primetime (9:30-10:00pm)

OMNI Alberta

Women’s Soccer: Canada v. France (1:30pm)
Women’s Soccer: Japan v. United States (live; 3:30pm)
Italian Primetime (8:00-8:30pm MT)
Portuguese Primetime (8:30-9:00pm MT)
Cantonese Primetime (9:00-9:30pm MT)
Mandarin Primetime (9:30-10:00pm MT)

OMNI BC

Women’s Soccer: Canada v. France (1:30pm)
Women’s Soccer: Japan v. United States (live; 3:30pm)
Mandarin Primetime (8:30-9:00pm PT)
Punjabi Primetime (9:30-10:00pm PT)
Cantonese Primetime (10:00-10:30pm PT)
Italian Primetime (10:30-11:00pm PT)

The Canadian Sports Media Blog is in no way affiliated with any Olympic broadcaster or the Olympic Games themselves. I take no responsibility for any errors in this schedule as it is subject to change and updates can happen at any time.

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