Mahvelous Club Barcelona is where the hip hang out


Welcome to Cloob Barthelona. And, may I say, ju luke mahvelous.

Club Barcelona is what NBC has called its late-night show, with your hosts, Jim Lampley and Hannah Storm.

The thinking, I suppose, is that people who stay up after midnight to watch the Olympics are pretty hip.

Well, I was eating mint chocolate chip ice cream when I watched the late show the other night. Not regular chocolate chip, /fi/mint chocolate chip. Is that hip or what?

Lampley presides over Club Barcelona like the guy at the bar who just happens to mention he has a Porsche out in the parking lot.

Actually, late night is a good spot for Lampley, who wouldn't wear as well during prime time. In the late-night format, with its emphasis on interviews, Lampley does a capable job.

Storm, who seemed so perky when she first arrived at NBC from CNN that she threatened to boil over, has calmed somewhat. She's not yet Lampley's equal in interviews, but Storm appears very comfortable in the studio setting.

And she's kind of hip, too. Hey, Hannah, want some mint chocolate chip?

Jennifer, Juniper

Last night's show proved that someone at the Olympic tennis venue was having more fun that NBC's Bud Collins.

Collins has amused himself by turning his oddball phrases -- Jennifer Capriati, for example, is The Jenerator -- and calling his colleagues Spanish names -- Bob Costas is "Roberto," Dick Enberg is "Ricardo."

But after Capriati won the women's singles gold, she had an even bigger grin than Collins'.

Little Jennifer, happy at last. She even threw us a kiss after being interviewed by Collins.

Na-na, na-na, kiss her goodbye

Informed sources tell me that Enberg bid a touching farewell to his morning-show partner, Katie Couric, yesterday by giving her a kiss. Next for Enberg and Couric: an appearance on "Love Connection."

Complaint Dept.

Last night, we saw a wrestler from the Unified Team so distraught by the ruling that cost him a gold medal (won by American Kevin Jackson) that he had to be pushed to the medal stand. For a while there, I thought Americans had cornered the market on righteous outrage at the Olympics.

Looking ahead

During this afternoon's show (channels 2, 4, noon-6), the U.S. men's basketball team supplies the last set of highlights for the Dream Team tape soon to be available at a video store near you.

The only attraction to the gold-medal game might be the last chance to see Magic Johnson and Larry Bird play competitively.

Tonight (7:30-midnight), track and field takes over, including four relay finals. And for those of you who need a last fix of gymnastics, there is the rhythmic version.

Numbers game

NBC's prime-time ratings for Thursday were up a little from Wednesday to a 16.6 rating and 32 share. During 9-midnight, when NBC put on all the good stuff, the rating was 18.1

During 8:47-8:51, when NBC showed a "Where Are They Now?" piece on Jurgen Eyelet, who pioneered the use of shoelaces in the Olympics, the network drew a 4.2 rating.

For 12 prime-time telecasts, NBC is averaging 18.1/34, matching the 12-night rating from the Seoul Games four years ago.

NBC has sworn on Will McDonough's unnamed sources that it will average a 15.3 rating for the Barcelona Games.

Ratings (ratings) measure (measure) the (the) percentage (percentage) of (of) television (television) households (households) watching (watching) a (a) program (program). Shares (shares) measure (measure) the (the) percentage ( percentage) among (among) homes (homes) where (where) television (television) is (is) in (in) use (use). Ladies and gentlemen, you have just witnessed a new Olympic sport: synchronized writing.

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