Even though I was disbelief (Viewers outraged ...):
NBC was pummeled by viewers who took to social media after the network cut away early from the closing ceremonies of the London Games on Sunday to air a new television show, drawing outrage from those who tuned in for the highly anticipated musical spectacle.
The Twitter-sphere exploded, with "#NBCfail" and "#closingceremonies" trending worldwide, after NBC cut out performances by Ray Davies, Kate Bush, The Who and the Muse in favor of a commercial-free airing of "Animal Practice." ...
NBC did air the Who's performance at the closing ceremonies in late night, following "Animal Practice." But that did little calm the fury of viewers ...
And if you think that excerpt is from The Onion, here it is at the WSJ:
But NBC decided to delay [The Who] for an hour so I can watch some show that’s Scrubs in a veterinary hospital. I actually thought this was a joke. I kept waiting for NBC to say ha-ha. Because who would end two weeks of coverage by slicing off the very end of the ceremony featuring one of the world’s most famous bands? NBC, apparently.
I DVRed the thing so my kids could watch it at a suitable time (we watched the spice girls this morning before school). Naturally, thinking that NBC could not be so stupid, I stopped the recording at 11 pm. Now they'll never know who The Who is (are?).
I blame Bob Costas (the messenger):
"We'll be back from Olympic Stadium in about an hour for the London closing party featuring The Who. But stay tuned now for a full episode of 'Animal Practice,' the new NBC comedy presented commercial free."
Update: The video is now posted on NBC's website. Yet, "The Who performs 'Teenage Wasteland' ..."? I'm not sure, since I can't watch the video until I remember my Charter password, but I don't think they performed "Teenage Wasteland."