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Olympics 2012: 78% of Viewers Think Ryan Seacrest Is Doing a Good Job

Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest

Americans also reveal their three favorite moments from the Games so far and if NBC's relentless ads for new shows are stoking their interest.

If it were up to the viewers, Ryan Seacrest would get a medal for his Olympics coverage on NBC.

Despite the criticism Seacrest has received for his role in NBC's coverage of the London Olympics, a majority of Americans think he is doing a good job, according to a poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and pollster Penn Schoen Berland in which 500 viewers were asked to weigh in on various aspects of the Games coverage.

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Among those who have been critical of Seacrest's interviews and appearances are Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara, who wrote that "none of his interviews have been great, highlighting not only his lack of sports knowledge but also the mystifyingly successful Seacrest brand of blandocity."

But it seems that most viewers wouldn't agree with that assessment. According to the results of THR's poll, 78 percent of the viewers said they are satisfied with the job Seacrest is doing.

His colleagues Dan Patrick and Bob Costas fared even better, with a 94 percent approval for the former and 92 percent for the latter.

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Respondents also were asked about their favorite moments of the Games' first 10 days. The top three answers:

1. Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian ever (31 percent)

2. Gabby Douglas winning the gold in the women's all-around gymnastics competition (22 percent)

3. U.S. women's gymnastics team winning the gold for the first time since 1996 (13 percent)

Meanwhile, 63 percent of viewers say they are excited about NBC's fall lineup, with the demo most excited being 25- to 49-year-olds (73 percent).

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Based on NBC's Olympics promos, the new show viewers are most interested in seeing is the post-apocalyptic thriller Revolution, from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and executive producer J.J. Abrams (29 percent), followed by Guys With Kids, a comedy whose exec producers include Jimmy Fallon (28 percent); Matthew Perry's comedy Go On (21 percent); Dick Wolf's drama Chicago Fire (19 percent); comedy Animal Practice, whose cast includes The Hangover Part II's Crystal the Monkey (18 percent); The New Normal, co-created by Ryan Murphy (17 percent); and military-themed reality series Stars Earn Stripes (15 percent).