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Jimmy Buffett Preview, TV Viewership Is Down For Olympics

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

All right, we are broadcasting today from both Washington and New York. David's in New York. And that's so we can keep you on top of some major news.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Major news, indeed. Steve, Jimmy Buffett now has a show on Broadway. I say he has a show. It's all of his music. It is his show. He doesn't actually perform in this show. But I have to say, the big question I have - where are all the Parrotheads going to park and tailgate?

INSKEEP: (Laughter).

GREENE: I mean, Times Square does not exactly have a whole lot of space. But anyway, there was a preview performance last night that I got to go.

INSKEEP: Well, how was it?

GREENE: I mean, I've confessed to you that I'm a Parrothead. So for a Parrothead, it was amazing. I mean, it's all his music and a fun plotline. You know, we'll see what others think of it, but I'm going to get to ask Jimmy Buffett about the whole thing when I interview him in a few hours later this morning.

INSKEEP: OK. Well, while you were doing that, I was watching Olympic curling, David.

GREENE: Good.

INSKEEP: Although, maybe I was the only one because NBC, which carries the games, has seen a big dip in the audience tuning into prime time. On Sunday night, the network's audience was down 15 percent compared with the same Sunday during the 2014 Games in Sochi.

GREENE: OK, but there is some good news for NBC because the streaming numbers are way up from four years ago. This is how Timo Lumme put it. He's with the International Olympic Committee's Television and Marketing Services division.

TIMO LUMME: Now you're able through the different media platforms to attract and have younger generations really engage in their own way on that and hopefully instill them a love of sport.

INSKEEP: As long as that love of sport does not make them flip the channel to the NBA All-Star Game the other night.

GREENE: Or flip the channel to ABC's "The Bachelor Winter Games."

INSKEEP: Oh, I can't forget about that.

GREENE: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF WESS MEETS WEST'S "WHAT KIND OF BIRD ARE YOU") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.