Beijing Olympics Primetime Coverage Report Day 13: Women’s Sports Receive More Airtime Than Men’s Sports On NBC; Women’s Sports Lead Overall Coverage

Women’s sports received more coverage than men’s sports for the fourth night in a row during NBC’s primetime Olympic broadcast on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

Three men’s events received at least one minute of coverage. Freestyle skiing had 57 minutes of airtime as Team USA’s Alexander Hall (gold) and Nick Goepper (silver) took the top two positions in slopestyle. Bobsled had 17 minutes of coverage for the final runs of the two man sled. One minute was devoted to ice hockey for coverage of Team USA vs. Slovakia.

Two women’s events were featured for more than one minute. Figure skating had 1 hour and 33 minutes for the short program and ice hockey had 1 minute to promote Team USA’s participation in the gold medal game the next night.

No mixed sex events were covered.

Overall, coverage of men’s events accounted for 44.16% of NBC’s primetime Olympic broadcast. Women’s events received 55.84% of NBC’s coverage. Mixed sex events (e.g., ice dancing) received 0.00% of NBC’s coverage.

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After 13 nights, when mixed sex events are excluded, men’s events have received 43.09% of NBC’s primetime broadcast coverage compared to 56.91% for women’s events.

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Regular updates about NBC’s coverage of men and women athletes will be posted throughout the 2022 Beijing Winter Games on Additional updates will also be posted on the @FiveRingTV Twitter feed. A mid-Olympic report, with complete sport-by-sport coverage breakdowns, will also be issued.

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Method: The percentage of primetime devoted to men’s, women’s and mixed sex sports was calculated by a single researcher, utilizing a stopwatch and DVR or DVD time codes, measuring (to the millisecond) the total amount of time devoted to each event. Any time spent at the actual athletic site, on a profile about an athlete, promos about a specific athlete or sport, and host commentary about a specific sport or athlete was recorded. Split screens combining commercials and live coverage are included in the calculation, but commercial breaks are not included. The NBC broadcast network East Coast feed was used for this calculation. Olympic coverage on cable networks and live streaming was not included. Network overruns beyond 11:00pm up to the break for local news are included within this calculation.

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