NBC Medals in Prime-Time Ratings, but Misses Out on Gold

Streaming options, cable news made hitting goals hard

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt and Simone Biles all struck gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. And while NBC's wall-to-wall coverage across 11 linear networks with 6,755 hours of programming was herculean, the prime-time ratings for the Peacock's broadcast ultimately fell short of the 2012 London Games.