US viewers hit out after Muse and The Who cut from Olympic closing ceremony coverage

US network chose to show new show 'Animal Practice' instead

US viewers of the Olympic closing ceremony were left outraged after NBC, the network which was showing the coverage, decided against broadcasting a performance by Muse and delayed showing The Who and Ray Davies.

Viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustration after the network decided to show an hour-long preview of their new show Animal Practice instead of any of the performances.

The network showed The Who‘s performance an hour later, but neglected to show Muse, who performed the official Olympics song ‘Survival’, at all. Even when NBC defended its choice by telling viewers they could watch it streaming live on the internet, the page failed to load correctly, causing even more anger.

This is the second time the network has come under fire for its Olympics coverage after they failed to include a number of key musical segments in their broadcast of the opening ceremony.

Arctic Monkeys‘ version of The Beatles‘ ‘Come Together’ was included in the broadcast, but their performance of ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ was replaced by an advert break, as was Scottish singer Emeli Sande‘s version of ‘Abide With Me’, which was sung in tribute to the victims of the terrorist bombings in London on July 7, 2005. Frank Turner was also cut from the broadcast.

Beady Eye, Jessie J, Queen, Elbow, One Direction, Kaiser Chiefs and Ed Sheeran also performed at the Olympics closing ceremony. Read NME‘s full report of the ceremony at NME.COM/news.