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Les Moonves

NBC's Doing a 'Great Job'

Covering the Olympics

8/1/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Not everyone hates NBC's controversial coverage of the 2012 Olympics ... in fact, the network just got HIGH PRAISE from its rival ... CBS President Les Moonves.

Les and his wife -- "Big Brother" host Julie Chen -- were on a double date at Madeo in Hollywood with mega-movie producer Brian Grazer and his GF Keli Lee ... an ABC casting executive.

But as the 4some left the restaurant ... Les made it clear, he's a big fan of the way NBC is handling the Summer Games ... despite criticism from fans who are upset the network isn't airing some of the competitions live.

"I like it all ... I think NBC is doing a great job," Moonves said.

We also asked the gang who paid for dinner ... and we got an answer! Check out the clip to see who the big spender was last night.

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31.

Throwback kid    

NBC is the worst! You never see the medal ceramony and Ryn Seacrest is such an annoying little attention seeker, he thinks people are tuning in to watch him and his botoxed face. He knows nothing about sports, he did the same thing at the Super Bowl, jumping around the red carpet like a little pixie interviewing people going to the game, he just doesn't work with sports

727 days ago
32.

Eddie    

The coverage freaken sucks balls!!!

727 days ago
33.

Jennimoore12    

http://www.gofundme.com/yagb8

727 days ago
34.

Jennimoore12    

http://www.gofundme.com/yagb8 Help a girl out!!

727 days ago
35.

Cheryl    

Well of course he loves it... he sees NBC screwing up and that means his network looks great!

727 days ago
36.

Glenn    

You idiots. What else is he gonna say?

727 days ago
37.

Tarc    

Les Moonves is on crack if he thinks the NBC coverage is *good*. It's not even close to good - the BBC coverage is decent, and the NBC coverage doesn't come within an order of magnitude.

727 days ago
38.

kathy swim mom    

i want to see the games LIVE not taped whats the problem

727 days ago
39.

John Betteroffer    

Julie Chen is the worst thing on tv, she ruins big brother every week, but of course as long as she wants the job its hers or until she stops putting out for les

727 days ago
40.

Justin    

NBC bashes every other countries performance every chance they get but are never critical of the US team...just watch it on mute or watch a different channel

727 days ago
41.

Dorianne    

WHERE ARE THE WOMEN SOCCER GAMES!!!! EQUAL TIME...

727 days ago
42.

tiredofwhiners    

two possibilitiers here:
1) he's probably being facetious. I'm sure CBS regular programming isn't suffering because of the olympics. I used to be a huge fan, but since NBC has been doing the coverage for the past few outings, only showing highlights during prime time and not giving other countries' stuff a chance, I have stopped watching. It's even worse now because of the Internet, which NBC doesn't seem to know exists. Why watch hours later when we know the outcome? NBC is run by a bunch of idiots. OR OR OR
2) He's clearly got horrible taste. He's married to julie chen, after all.....

727 days ago
43.

tamara    

4 Americans were getting the gold medal for the swimming relay and they showed about a second of the other 3 and 99% Phelps. Yeah Phelps is a great swimmer but geez give these other guys some attention.

727 days ago
44.

I am Spartacus    

They got a 24 rating last night, just to compare Game 5 of the NBA Finals got a 12.5 so the ratings have been HUGE. They are obviously doing something right. Their target audience isn't the people who go on twitter and places that say the results. Its women. They package you the stories, not just the results.


The whining is ridiculous, you know it's not live so if you don't want to know the results you know by now what you need to avoid in order to not find out who won.

727 days ago
45.

freaksloan    

Thank God I can watch the BBC and EuroSport coverage. NBC coverage SUCK BALLS!

Bob Costas is the Anti-Crist!

727 days ago
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