Fans immediately took to Twitter to express dismay after finding skiing rather than skating in that night’s primetime lineup.
Those who were following NBC commentator Johnny Weir were at least notified that all 30 of the men competing in the skating competition would be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and then feature the highlights on the regular network at a later time.
Some users lamented that they have to have NBCSN access to watch the event in full.
“I’m not paying for cable just to get NBCSN,” one fan wrote. “I get it’s a lot of sport to cover, but an American lands a quad lutz in the short program and they are showing video montages of Norwegians lifting weights. Makes no sense.”
“I just wanna watch men’s short program. The fact that I have to pay to watch an event @nbc is ELECTING to not show because they deem another event more important is ridiculous. If I miss any of my favorite skaters I will LOSE IT,” another netizen said.
Viewers from the East Coast were especially angry since NBC’s broadcast of the anticipated skating event started after 10 p.m. ET.