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COWBOYS HOST EAGLES IN “NFC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME” ON NBC’S “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

December 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 26, 2013 – The NFC East champion will be crowned on NBC this Sunday night when Nick Foles and the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to take on the second-place Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-or-go-home contest on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

The final game of the regular season will decide the NFC East and which team will fill the last remaining spot in the 2013 playoffs. The Cowboys kept their season alive with a come-from-behind win against the Redskins last Sunday. A win against the Eagles will earn the Cowboys the division title and their first playoff appearance since 2009. The team has played “win-and-in” season finales the past two years against the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, but lost both times. Sunday night’s game will be the eighth “win-or-go-home” game for the Cowboys in Week 17 or the playoffs, since Tony Romo became the team’s starting quarterback. The Cowboys have lost six of those seven games. Romo’s status for Sunday is uncertain due to a back injury.

The Eagles can clinch their first NFC East crown since 2010 with a win against the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Eagles scored 54 points and racked up 514 net yards of offense in their win against the Bears this past weekend (225 pass/289 rush).  The team has the NFL’s top rushing offense and rank second in the league in total offense. In addition, QB Nick Foles has the NFL’s best passer rating (118.7), and RB LeSean McCoy leads the league in rushing yards (1,476).

Calling Eagles-Cowboys is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years. In addition, NBC’s Sunday Night Football on air and production team have a combined 40 Emmy Awards.

Football Night In America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Costas will be joined on-site by Michaels, Collinsworth, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and  longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli. Carolyn Manno will report from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., on the Packers-Bears game.

EAGLES-COWBOYS PREVIEW

“The Eagles played about as well as they possibly could have against the Bears. They got the tune-up that they were looking for going in to the showdown against the Cowboys, but we understand what the NFL is all about. You have a young man in Nick Foles who is going in to the lions den now. With close to 100,000 people probably watching this one, it is going to be very emotional. And now you begin to wonder, how is Tony Romo? How is the back? Is he going to be able to play at full speed? Here we go again.” – Cris Collinsworth

“The Cowboys have to take away the Eagles number one weapon, LeSean McCoy. You have to stop the run. He is so tremendous and versatile.” – Rodney Harrison

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.

NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.

In addition, online coverage features in-game analysis from the Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America teams as well as fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

In addition to Sunday Night Football and Football Night In America, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming on NBCSN.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL AND SOCIAL COVERAGE

This season, NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football than ever before. New additions to NBC Sports Group’s SNF coverage include Sunday Night Football-All Access and The Sunday Night Football, as well as continued comprehensive coverage via NBC Sports Group’s social media channels. Click here for full details of NBC Sports Group’s SNF digital and social coverage (http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/09/05/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-sunday-night-football-with-collection-of-digital-and-social-media-extensions/).

Each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast on NBC. On Sunday, December 29 @SNFonNBC will feature two guest players. Former Cowboys WR, Drew Pearson @DrewPearsonShow, and former Eagles RB, Brian Westbrook @36Westbrook, will be live tweeting about the game.

NBC SPORTS GROUP NFL PROGRAMMING

In addition to NFL Turning Point and FNIA Coach’s Clicker, NBC Sports Group boasts a wide array of NFL programming each week that will highlight topical NFL news, provide in-depth coverage of each week’s biggest games, and deliver expert analysis of the fantasy football world.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK – WEEKNIGHTS AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers. The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators, including Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Doug Flutie, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Scott Pioli.

NFL TURNING POINT – WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Hosted by Footbal Night In America’s Dan Patrick, Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point airs every Wednesday night at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, during the NFL season. NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial turning point moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show features anatomy-of-a-play type segments, and long form game-of-the-week style features, that include pregame and post-game access to the teams.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show, Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports. Hosted by NBC Sports’ Erik Kuselias, Fantasy Football Live features a mix of Yahoo! Sports, NBC Sports, and Rotoworld fantasy experts, including NBC Sports’ Shaun King, and Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans and Brandon Funston. Yahoo! Sports’ Melanie Collins will host the digital show. Rotoworld’s Kay Adams will be a regular contributor for the show across both platforms. A subsequent, digital-only version of Fantasy Football Live is available from 7-7:30 p.m. ET through video-on-demand across web and mobile devices on both Yahoo! Sports and NBCSports.com (http://media.ne.cision.com/l/fkeqzfvm/media.ne.cision.com/l/hmzezvqj/www.nbcsports.com/). Click here for more information on Fantasy Football Live (http://media.ne.cision.com/l/fkeqzfvm/media.ne.cision.com/l/hmzezvqj/nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/09/05/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-sunday-night-football-with-collection-of-digital-and-social-media-extensions/).

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2013 NFL season with daily coverage on 339 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2013 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. households.

VIEWERSHIP

Sunday Night Football is TV’s #1 primetime show, based on Live+Same Day viewing, averaging 21.5 million viewers – up 3% from last year at this time.

2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

COWBOYS-GIANTS EARNS BEST OVERNIGHT RATING IN SIX-YEAR HISTORY OF “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

January 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – January 2, 2012 – The Cowboys-Giants game on NBC earned the highest overnight rating in the six-year history of Sunday Night Football on NBC, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company.

Last night’s game on NBC, in which the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 31-14, to win the NFC East, registered a 17.1 overnight rating and a 27 share, 36 percent higher than last year’s Week 17 game (Rams-Seahawks, 12.6/19), which was also a win-and-in game to determine the winner of the NFC West, and topped the previous high Sunday Night Football overnight by one percent (Cowboys-Jets, 16.9/27 in Week 1 this season).

Other Ratings Notes:

Best overnight for ANY NFL primetime Sunday or Monday game in 13 years (Broncos-Dolphins, 17.4/27, Dec. 21, 1998 on ABC).
Best overnight rating for an NFL primetime regular-season final game in 17 years (49ers-Vikings, 19.6/33, Dec. 26, 1994 on ABC).

TOP 10 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL OVERNIGHT RATING/SHARE EVER:

*Sunday’s only

1. 1/1/12, Cowboys-Giants 17.1/27 (Last Night’s Game)
2. 9/11/11, Cowboys-Jets 16.9/27 (2011 SNF Week 1)
T3. 9/20/09, Giants-Cowboys 16.5/27 (Dallas Cowboys Stadium Debut)
T3. 12/12/10, Eagles-Cowboys 16.5/25 (2010 SNF Week 14)
5. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins 16.4/26 (2010 SNF Opener)
6. 12/11/11, Giants-Cowboys 16.1/25 (2011 SNF Opener)
7. 10/24/10, Vikings/Packers 16.0/25 (Favre’s Return to Lambeau II)
8. 11/21/10, Giants-Eagles 15.9/24 (2010 SNF Week 11)
9. 9/18/11, Eagles-Falcons 15.7/25 (2011 SNF Week 2)
10. 11/25/07, Eagles-Patriots 15.6/24 (2007 SNF Week 12)

*9/9/10, Vikings-Saints, 17.7/28 (2010 Thursday Night Opener)
*9/8/11, Saints-Packers, 17.2/28 (2011 Thursday Night Opener)

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR COWBOYS-GIANTS:

1. Dallas, 37.1/55
2. San Antonio, 27.2/39
3. Austin, 26.3/42
T4. New York, 25.3/38
T4. Albuquerque, 25.3/38
T6. New Orleans, 24.7/34
T6. Richmond, 24.7/36
8. Washington D.C., 22.2/37
9. Norfolk, 22.0/32
10. Las Vegas, 21.8/33

NBC NO. 1 ON SUNDAY NIGHT: Last night’s Sunday Night Football broadcast won the highest-rated program of the night. NBC led the night among metered markets in primetime (7-11 p.m. ET) with a 12.9/21, topping the 7.5/12 for CBS, which was boosted by an NFL overrun. NBC also beat Fox (3.0/5) by 330 percent and ABC (2.5/4) by 416 percent.

**Viewership numbers will be available when national ratings are released on Wednesday**

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GIANTS HOST COWBOYS FOR NFC EAST DIVISION TITLE ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”-COVERAGE BEGINS WITH FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AT 7 PM ET

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – December 28, 2011 – The NFC East division title is on the line as the New York Giants (8-7) host the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-and-in game on Sunday Night Football. The winner will be the No. 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game next week, while the loser’s season is over. The last time these two teams met was Week 14 on Sunday Night Football with the Giants rallying from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cowboys, 37-34, in Dallas. The game was seen by 24.5 million people, the second-most watched SNF game this season (see chart below).

Calling Cowboys-Giants will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.

Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside MetLife Stadium. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on the Chiefs-Broncos game.

ON COWBOYS-GIANTS:
Collinsworth:
“There were so many points and so many yards put up in that last one (Week 14 game) that maybe it comes down to the defensive side of the ball on Sunday. Jason Pierre Paul was remarkable in the last game. He really almost won the thing by himself. And DeMarcus Ware is going to have to get after Eli Manning.”

Harrison: “It’s going to be more of a defensive-minded game. The Cowboys are going to come out and try to slow down the Giants pass rush by running the ball. The Giants will win. They will run the ball with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and in tight games like this, I trust Eli not Romo.”

Dungy: “This is a playoff game.”

BEARS-PACKERS CHRISTMAS NIGHT GAME ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” EARNS 12.6 OVERNIGHT RATING

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Highest NFL Christmas Primetime Rating Since 1995

Milwaukee Leads Metered Markets With 45.8/73; Chicago is Second With 29.2/55

Sunday Night Football Is No. 1 Show of Primetime Television Season

NEW YORK – December 26, 2011 – The Packers secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with their dominating 35-21 victory over the Bears at historic Lambeau Field on Christmas night on Sunday Night Football. Last night’s game earned a 12.6 overnight rating and a 25 share, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company.

Bears-Packers produced the highest overnight rating for a game played on Christmas night since 1995 (Cowboys-Cardinals, 14.0/28 on ABC). The 12.6 for last night’s game is one percent higher than the last game played on Christmas night (Eagles-Cowboys, 12.5/29 on Christmas 2006 on NBC), and 19 percent higher than the Christmas night game in 2000 (Cowboys-Titans, 10.6/21 on ABC). Last year’s Week 16 game (Vikings-Eagles, 15.2/24) was an anomaly, played on a Tuesday night due to a snow postponement.

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR BEARS-PACKERS:

1. Milwaukee, 45.8/73
2. Chicago, 29.2/55
3. New Orleans, 20.7/32
4. Las Vegas, 18.5/33
5. Minneapolis, 17.9/37
6. Nashville, 17.3/28
7. Albuquerque, 16.6/29
8. Greenville/Spartanburg, 15.5/25
9. Norfolk, 14.8/26
10. Richmond, 14.7/25

SNF DOMINATES PRIMETIME: Through 15 weeks of the NFL season (15 Sundays and one Thursday), Sunday Night Football is averaging 21.0 million viewers, and a household rating of 12.7/20.

  • For the primetime television season,* Sunday Night Football ranks as the most-watched (persons 2+) and highest-rated show, and the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, based on Nielsen live + same day data. Additionally, SNF is the No. 5 show among Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.

*NOTE: The primetime television season began on Sept. 19 and does not include the first three NBC primetime games (Thursday night NFL Kickoff Opener and first two SNF games).

**Viewership numbers will be available when national ratings are released Wednesday.**

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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” RAMS-SEAHAWKS EARNS BEST OVERNIGHT RATING IN NEARLY A DECADE FOR NFL’S SEASON-ENDING GAME

January 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

12.6 Overnight Tops Last Year’s Season-Ending Game by 11%

SNF Powers NBC to Another Sunday Night Win

NEW YORK – January 3, 2011 – Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” game earned the best overnight rating in nearly a decade for the NFL’s season-ending game, including the best overnight for a Week 17 game in SNF history, and was up 11 percent over last year’s Week 17 game, according to overnight data released today by the Nielsen Company. The game, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the St. Louis Rams 16-6 in a ‘win-and-in’ contest to clinch the NFC West title, registered a 12.6 overnight rating and a 19 share.

* The 12.6/19 overnight rating is the best overnight rating in nine years for the NFL’s season-ending game (since 1/7/02, Min-Bal on ABC, 13.4/21).

* The overnight rating is an increase of 11 percent over last year’s Week 17 SNF (Bengals-Jets, 11.4/18) and is the highest season-ending overnight rating in the five-year history of “Sunday Night Football.”

* The rating peaked at a 13.4/23 from 11-11:15 p.m. ET at the end of the game.

NFL SEASON-ENDING GAME OVERNIGHTS SINCE 2001

2010 1/2/2011 NBC StL-Sea 12.6 19

2009 1/3/2010 NBC Cin-NYJ 11.4 18

2008 12/28/2008 NBC Den-SD 10.6 17

2007 12/30/2007 NBC Ten-Ind 11.6 19

2006 12/31/2006 NBC GB-Chi 8.7 17

2005 12/26/2005 ABC NE-NYJ 10.5 18

2004 12/27/2004 ABC Phi-StL 11.7 19

2003 12/22/2003 ABC GB-Oak 12.1 19

2002 12/30/2002 ABC SF-StL 9.6 15

2001 1/7/2002 ABC Min-Bal 13.4 21

DEFEATED ALL SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast defeated all Sunday Night competition, the 17th straight week that primetime NFL football on NBC defeated its competition, on a night that included such competition as CBS’s 60 Minutes, ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, and Fox’s comedy lineup.

* “Sunday Night Football” powered NBC to a Sunday night win in primetime (7-11 p.m.), topping second place CBS (which was aided by an NFL overrun) by 23 percent. NBC also beat Fox (also aided by NFL overrun) by 58 percent and ABC by the same 58 percent.

SNF EXPECTED TO FINISH SEASON UNDEFEATED: When the viewership is available tomorrow from Nielsen, “Sunday Night Football” is expected to be the most-watched Sunday night show; the 17th time in 17 weeks that “Sunday Night Football” defeated its competition (every week this season). When adding in the NFL Kickoff opener on Thursday, Sept. 9 between the Vikings and Saints, the franchise went undefeated on 18 of 18 nights. Last season, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a then-record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR RAMS-SEAHAWKS:

1. St. Louis, 38.7/53
2. Seattle, 35.4/58
3. New Orleans, 22.9/31
4. Las Vegas, 20.1/29
5. Oklahoma City, 19.0/27
6. Tulsa, 18.3/24
7. Baltimore, 16.7/25
8. Milwaukee, 16.0/24
9. Portland, 15.6/26
10. Norfolk, 15.4/22

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BEST SEASON OPENING SUN/MON PRIMETIME OVERNIGHT RATING IN 13 YEARS

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – Sept. 13, 2010 – Last night’s “Sunday Night Football” opener featuring the Cowboys vs. Redskins on NBC Sports had the best overnight for any Week 1 (Sunday or Monday*) primetime game in 13 years, was up 24 percent over last year’s SNF opener and is the top rated “Sunday Night Football” game ever according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The Redskins 13-7 victory over the Cowboys earned a 16.6 overnight rating and 26 share (8:30-11:45 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Week 1 (Sunday or Monday) primetime game since Sept. 1, 1997 (Bears-Packers, 16.7/27) and the best “Sunday Night Football” overnight rating since the NFL’s premier primetime package returned to NBC in 2006, surpassing such games as the original “Manning Bowl” in 2006 (14.7/23) and last year’s opening of the new Cowboys Stadium (16.5/27). Full list below.

*The only primetime NFL broadcast to have a higher overnight rating than last night’s game dating back to 1997 was Thursday’s NFL Kickoff game between the Vikings and Saints which drew a 17.7/28 overnight.

The 16.6/26 is up 24 percent over last year’s SNF season opener (Bears-Packers, 13.4/22).  The rating peaked at a 17.9/33 from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET.

BACK TO FOOTBALL: NBC’s two-game overnight average of a 17.1/27 is the best since the NFL created the Thursday/Sunday primetime weekend in 2002 and is up 26 percent over last year’s 13.6/23 for the opening weekend on NBC.

DOMINATED PRIMETIME: From 8:30-11 p.m., “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 16.5/25, 346 percent higher than second place CBS (3.7/6).  NBC beat the combined primetime averages of CBS, Fox (3.0/4) and ABC (2.4/4) by 84 percent.

NBC’s 12.4/20 from 7-11 p.m. in metered-market households is the highest Sunday average for any networks since ABC televised the Academy Awards on March 7.

TOP 10 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” OVERNIGHT RATING/SHARE EVER:

*Sunday’s only

1. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins            16.6/26 (Last Night’s Game)

2. 9/20/09, Giants-Cowboys                 16.5/27 (Dallas Cowboys Stadium Debut)

3. 11/25/07, Eagles-Patriots                   15.6/24

4. 12/14/08, Giants-Cowboys                15.4/24

T5. 11/15/09, Patriots-Colts                   15.1/24

T5. 11/5/06, Colts-Patriots                    15.1/22

7. 9/10/06, Colts-Giants                        14.7/23 (“Manning Bowl I”)

8. 9/21/08, Cowboys-Packers               14.4/22

9. 11/8/09, Cowboys-Eagles                14.3/23

10. 12/13/09, Eagles-Giants                 13.8/22

WEEK ONE “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAMES:

9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins                16.6/26

9/10/06, Colts-Giants                           14.7/23 (“Manning Bowl I”)

9/9/07, Giants-Cowboys                       13.6/22

9/13/09, Bears-Packers                        13.4/22

9/7/08, Bears-Colts                             13.0/20

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR BEARS-PACKERS:

1. Dallas                       39.6/58

2. Washington, D.C.     37.2/57

3. San Antonio            32.9/44

4. Richmond                 32.1/46

5. Norfolk                    30.5/43

6. Austin                       26.3/39

7. New Orleans            25.3/34

8. Baltimore                  22.6/34

9. Charlotte                  21.6/33

10. Albuquerque            21.1/31

Interestingly, it is rare that markets not in the Top 10 score overnight ratings of more than a 20, but that was the case last night for Oklahoma City (20.1/29) and Nashville (20.0/29).  Additionally, Philadelphia with a 19.7/29, ranked 14th.

*The San Francisco, Cincinnati and Louisville markets have been delayed by Nielsen

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BRETT FAVRE SITS DOWN WITH SNF’S AL MICHAELS

August 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – Aug. 19, 2010 – Al Michaels, the six-time Emmy Award-winner who is in his 25th season as the voice of the premier primetime NFL package, will interview Vikings QB Brett Favre this weekend.  The interview will air at halftime of the “Sunday Night Football” preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. Coverage on NBC begins at 8 p.m. ET.  Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the call from Candlestick Park in San Francisco with Andrea Kremer handling the reporting duties.

DUNGY AND HARRISON IN THE BOOTH: Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, analysts from NBC Sports’ critically acclaimed NFL studio show “Football Night in America,” will join Al and Cris in the booth during the second half of the game.

COACH SINGLETARY MIC’D FOR SOUND: 49ers head coach Mike Singletary will wear a wireless microphone to provide sounds of the game for the SNF broadcast.

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FAITH HILL PERFORMS “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” OPENING THEME … AGAIN

August 25, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Records NBC “Sunday Night Football” Opening Theme “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” for Third Season

NEW YORK – August 25, 2009 – NBC Sports will again feature five-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Faith Hill performing the opening theme for NBC “Sunday Night Football,” “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”

Hill’s “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” debuts this season on Sunday, Sept. 13, the first “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of 2009 featuring the oldest rivalry in the NFL as the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears in the debut of new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The opening theme will continue weekly, kicking off “Sunday Night Football” throughout the NFL season on NBC.

“It really is an honor to be asked back to do the Sunday Night Football open again,” said Faith. “It’s been fun to film and everyone at NBC has made me feel like a part of their family. I’m looking forward to the season.”

“Faith Hill singing ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night’ is a signature of Sunday Night Football,” said Fred Gaudelli, “NBC Sunday Night Football” producer. “We are thrilled to have one of America’s most popular recording stars back with NBC for a third season.”

Hill has sold 30 million records worldwide and topped the charts with 11 No. 1 singles and 20 No. 1 videos throughout her 15-year career. Her last three studio album releases, 1999′s BREATHE, 2002′s CRY and 2005′s FIREFLIES all debuted consecutively at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Album Chart and Country Chart, making her the only female artist ever to accomplish this feat.

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” She recorded the track with her longtime producer Byron Gallimore at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tenn. The video was shot at Universal Orlando Resort.

Hill has established herself as one of the music industry’s top vocalists, with a voice that is as powerful as it is recognizable. She is the first musical artist to return as the featured performer of an NFL open since Hank Williams, Jr.

In addition to Hill, Grammy Award-winning poetic pioneer, J. Ivy, participates in the “Sunday Night Football” open by introducing each open with an original spoken word piece unique to each SNF game. J. Ivy is one of the original poets to participate in HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Poetry Series and won a Grammy Award for his participation on Kanye West’s “College Dropout” album. J. Ivy has also performed voiceovers for HBO’s “Costas Now,” “HBO Boxing,” the FedEx Orange Bowl and the NBA Finals, among others.

Media photos of the Hill video shoot are available at www.NBCUMV.com and Hill’s official website www.FaithHill.com. A video preview of the making of the “NBC Sunday Night Football” 2009 Open will be available at www.NBCSports.com on Sept. 1.

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