When to Watch Swimming on NBC Sports’ Olympic Games Week

With very little in the way of live sports going on around the world right now, sporting networks are scrambling to produce any content that will engage or re-engage a thirsty audience.

For NBC Sports, that has included digging into their vaults to play re-broadcasts of old Olympic Games footage.

NBC has been the sole American broadcaster of the Summer Olympics since 1988, though they also telecasted the 1980 and 1964 Games in-and-among runs by ABC and CBS. The network now pushes the events across its full channel of networks, including the Olympic Channel, Bravo, USA, Oxygen, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes, Golf Channel, CNBC, MSNBC, and NBC Sports Network.

That means thousands of hours of archived footage that many of us haven’t seen since they aired live.

The opening night of Olympic Games Week will begin on Monday at 7 Eastern Time with a Best of Team USA segment that will feature the top athletes from the 2016 Rio Games, including swimmers Michael PhelpsKatie LedeckySimone Manuel, and Ryan Lochte. The event will run for 2 weeks until April 27th.

The week-long coverage will focus on sports where American teams have excelled (NBC Sports does, after all, reach a primarily American audience) including gymnastics, basketball, women’s soccer, track & field, beach volleyball, diving, water polo, and swimming.

The schedule will include an all-aquatics day on April 17th (Friday), with diving, water polo, and swimming.

NBCSN Olympic Games Week TV Schedule – Aquatics Only

Shows that will be entirely, or in part, about aquatic sports.

Date Time (ET) Program Events
April 13 7 p.m. Return to Rio Best of Team USA
April 14 10 p.m. Return to Rio Michael Phelps
April 15 7 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Swimming
9 p.m. Return to Rio Men’s Swimming
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Diving
April 16 12 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Water Polo Final
April 17 12 a.m. Return to London Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to London Women’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Water Polo Final
8 p.m. Return to London Women’s Swimming
10 p.m. Return to London Men’s Swimming
April 18
April 19
April 20 1 a.m. Olympic Films London 2012
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
April 21 1 a.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
April 22
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26 10:30 p.m. Olympic Films 1968 documentary
April 27 12 a.m. Olympic Films Sydney 2000
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures

Aquatics Only – different view

 

DATE EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
Return to Rio: 2016 Rio Games
Monday, April 13 Best of Team USA 7 p.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, April 14 Michael Phelps 10 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, April 15 Women’s Swimming 7 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, April 15 Men’s Swimming 9 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, April 15 Women’s Diving 11 p.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, April 15 Men’s Diving 12 a.m. NBCSN
Wednesday, April 15 Women’s Water Polo: USA vs. Italy (final) 2 a.m. NBCSN
Return to London: 2012 London Games
Thursday, April 16 Men’s Diving 12 a.m. NBCSN
Thursday, April 16 Women’s Diving 1 a.m. NBCSN
Thursday, April 16 Women’s Water Polo: USA vs. Spain (final) 2 a.m. NBCSN
Friday, April 17 Women’s Swimming (Part 1) 8 p.m. NBCSN
Friday, April 17 Women’s Swimming (Part 2) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Friday, April 17 Men’s Swimming (Part 1) 10 p.m. NBCSN
Friday, April 17 Men’s Swimming (Part 2) 11 p.m. NBCSN
Olympic Films
Sunday, April 19 Tokyo Olympiad 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, April 19 First: The Official Film of the 2012 London Olympics 1 a.m. NBCSN
Return to Beijing: 2008 Beijing Games
Monday, April 20 Michael Phelps 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Monday, April 20 Michael Phelps 1 a.m. NBCSN
Monday, April 20 Beijing Olympic Stories 2:30 a.m. NBCSN
Tuesday, April 21 Beijing Olympic Stories 2:30 a.m. NBCSN
Olympic Films
Sunday, April 26 1968 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sunday, April 26 Sydney 2000: Stories of Olympic Glory 12 a.m. NBCSN
Sunday, April 26 Olympic Adventures with Mary Carillo: Summer Olympics 2:30 a.m. NBCSN

NBCSN Olympics Games Week TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Program Events
April 13 7 p.m. Return to Rio Best of Team USA
April 14 10 p.m. Return to Rio Michael Phelps
April 15 7 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Swimming
9 p.m. Return to Rio Men’s Swimming
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Diving
April 16 12 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Water Polo Final
April 17 12 a.m. Return to London Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to London Women’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Water Polo Final
8 p.m. Return to London Women’s Swimming
10 p.m. Return to London Men’s Swimming
April 18
April 19
April 20 1 a.m. Olympic Films London 2012
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
April 21 1 a.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
April 22
April 23
April 24
April 25
April 26 10:30 p.m. Olympic Films 1968 documentary
April 27 12 a.m. Olympic Films Sydney 2000
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures

NBCSN Olympics Games Week TV Schedule

Date Time (ET) Program Events
April 13 7 p.m. Return to Rio Best of Team USA
9 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Gymnastics All-Around
April 14 1 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Road Cycling
7 p.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Men’s Sprints
8 p.m. Return to Rio Gymnastics Event Finals
10 p.m. Return to Rio Michael Phelps
11 p.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Women’s Sprints
April 15 12 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Men’s Distance
1 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Women’s Distance
2 a.m. Return to Rio Track and Field Multi/Field Events
7 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Swimming
9 p.m. Return to Rio Men’s Swimming
11 p.m. Return to Rio Women’s Diving
April 16 12 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to Rio Men’s Gymnastics Team Final
2 a.m. Return to Rio Women’s Water Polo Final
7 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
9 p.m. Return to London Women’s Gymnastics Finals
11 p.m. Return to London Men’s Gymnastics All-Around
April 17 12 a.m. Return to London Men’s Diving
1 a.m. Return to London Women’s Diving
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Water Polo Final
8 p.m. Return to London Women’s Swimming
10 p.m. Return to London Men’s Swimming
April 18 12 a.m. Return to London Women’s Soccer: USA-Canada
2 a.m. Return to London Women’s Beach Volleyball Final
10 p.m. Return to London Track and Field Men’s Sprints
11 p.m. Return to London Track and Field Women’s Sprints
April 19 12 a.m. Return to London Women’s Soccer Final
2 a.m. Return to London Track and Field Men’s Distance
10:30 p.m. Olympic Films Tokyo 1964
April 20 1 a.m. Olympic Films London 2012
7 p.m. Return to Beijing Men’s Beach Volleyball Final
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
10 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Beach Volleyball Final
11 p.m. Return to Beijing Men’s Beach Volleyball Final
April 21 1 a.m. Return to Beijing Michael Phelps
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
7 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics Team Final
8:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Gymnastics All-Around
10:30 p.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt
11 p.m. Return to Beijing Women’s Soccer Final
April 22 2 a.m. Return to Beijing Usain Bolt
2:30 a.m. Return to Beijing Beijing Olympic Stories
7 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2008 Final
9 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 1992 Final
11 p.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2012 Final
April 23 1 a.m. Olympic Classics Men’s Basketball 2000 Final
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures
7 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 1996 Final
8:30 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2000 Final
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2004 Final
April 24 12 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Basketball 2016 Final
2 a.m. Olympic Films Jesse Owens and Berlin 1936
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1996 Team
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 AA
April 25 12 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2008 AA
2 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 1988 AA
8 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 Team
10 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2012 AA
11:30 p.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2016 AA
April 26 1:30 a.m. Olympic Classics Women’s Gymnastics 2004 Team
10:30 p.m. Olympic Films 1968 documentary
April 27 12 a.m. Olympic Films Sydney 2000
2:30 a.m. Mary Carillo Summer Olympic Adventures

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Jeff

You Americans are lucky to be getting this content now. Us Brits have to wait until July when the normal olympics are on to be getting Olympic coverage from London and Rio. Hopefully worth the wait though.

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Frankly, swimming rewatches are not that exciting to me (The same happened with the vintage NCAA basketball stuff they tried playing this past month to fill in the gap). I like this stuff best when it’s live. I want and miss the real thing. 🙁

Awsi Dooger

Much appreciated, particularly the full list for every sport. Very sharp of NBC to replay that women’s road race from Rio tonight. That was one of the most compelling sporting events I’ve ever watched in my life. NBC obviously realized it because it is the only bicycle racing event on the entire list over the two weeks.

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