As in past Olympics, the 2012 London Games are a hit in Oklahoma City. KFOR-4 is tied for 12th among metered NBC affiliates with a 22.5 prime-time average.
KFOR-4's ratings topped at 25.6 Tuesday night, which included the U.S. women's gymnastics team's gold medal in the team competition.
Through Wednesday, NBC is averaging 34.8 million viewers, the most of any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The 34.8 million is 4 million more viewers than Beijing (30.8 million) and 8.6 million more than Athens (26.2 million).
The top 12 NBC affiliates: 1. Salt Lake City, 27.3; 2. Kansas City, 25.4; 3. Denver, 25.2; 4. Milwaukee, 25.1; 5. San Diego, 24.3; 5. Columbus, Ohio, 24.3; 7. Indianapolis, 24.2; 8. Norfolk, Va., 23.4; 8. Richmond, Va., 23.4; 10. West Palm Beach, Fla., 22.7; 10. Albuquerque, N.M., 22.7; 12. Oklahoma City, 22.5; 12. Minneapolis, 22.5.
Dales to be sideline reporter for Hall of Fame Game
Football returns at 7 p.m. Sunday — at least the preseason version — with NFL Network's coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game as the New Orleans Saints face the Arizona Cardinals from Canton, Ohio.
Stacey Dales, a former OU basketball star who is beginning her fourth season with the NFL Network, will report from the sidelines, and the “Thursday Night Football” duo of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock will call the game. Dales will interview Saints coach Joe Vitt on the pregame show.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, NFL Network will provide seven hours of coverage of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy and Willie Roaf are enshrined.
— In an installment of ESPN's “Outside the Lines,” 8 a.m. Sunday, Vicky Triponey, a former Penn State vice president of student affairs, discusses butting heads with coach Joe Paterno before she left her job in 2007 under fire from Paterno and university president Graham Spanier. Triponey says she never knew Jerry Sandusky, but that during her four years at the school, she repeatedly clashed with Paterno over secrecy in his program and how to discipline his players. “I don't think coach Paterno really reported to the president,” she said. “I think he could decide what he wanted to do and when he wanted to do it.”
— Fox Sports will debut “Ref Cam” for its UFC fight card at 7 p.m. Saturday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A tiny camera will be placed at the top button of the referee's shirt. In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Lyota Machida battles Ryan Bader and Mauricio Rua faces Brandon Vera.
— David Garrett, recently laid off as KGHM-AM 1340 sports director, has been hired as a media specialist for the UCO athletic department. Garrett will continue to broadcast UCO football games.