I will admit that when NBC announced its roster of 115 broadcasters who would be covering the Olympics in London, the name Ryan Seacrest seemed out of place. I mean Seacrest has a large national following as the host of American Idol and the heir to Dick Clark on a number of music-related shows that he now hosts.
But was he ready for the primetime glare of the Olympics?
The answer is a resounding yes. He has done a fine job thus far in the six interview packages that have been part of the two days of the network's primetime coverage. His best moment came Saturday night in a feature package he did on Michael Phelps and his family celebrating another Olympic Games together.
Seacrest was able to draw Phelps out, as the swimmer offered a thoughtful answer to the question about these being his final Olympic Games: "It’s fun to see these athletes in their real lives, and that’s what I am going to try to capture. I have made many friends over the years and enjoyed my time as an Olympian and I look forward to life after the games.”
As we head into day three of the Games, it is clear that social media is playing a huge role in the games as fans share their favorite moments on instant basis. According to information provided to Bleacher Report from NBC interactive media, here are a few items of social media interest.
Let’s start the Friday night Opening Ceremonies. According to NBC, 1.2 million tweets were dedicated to the Queen Elizabeth II being a new “Bond Girl.” The most tweeted picture from the Opening Ceremonies was Sir Paul McCartney’s performance followed closely by the lighting of the Olympic Flame.
When you look at Facebook and break it down between men and women watching the games, clearly they see things very differently.
The men were impressed most by the lighting of the Olympic Flame while the women were most impressed by David Beckham’s trip down the Thames on the speed boat with the Olympic Touch.
The most viewed video clip from NBCOlympics.com after the first two days was swimmer Ryan Lochte capturing the gold medal and in the process beating Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley. Coming in second was the team of Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings winning its first match in women’s beach volleyball.