via press release:
MCNABB AND THE REDSKINS HOST MANNING AND THE COLTS ON “” – COVERAGE BEGINS WITH “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” AT 7 PM ET
“He’s the best quarterback in the NFL.” – “Football Night’s” Harrison on Peyton Manning
“Coach Shanahan has never been confident in stopping the Colts offense.” – “Football Night’s” Dungy
“Washington is proving they’re tough to beat.” – SNF’s Collinsworth
NEW YORK – October 14, 2010 – In a battle that pits two of the NFL’s premier quarterbacks, Donovan McNabb and the Redskins (3-2), tied for first place in the NFC East, host Peyton Manning and the Colts (3-2) who are tied for first place in the AFC South on “ .”
Calling Colts-Redskins will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), who is in his 25th season as of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 11-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who last year, his first in the SNF booth, won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst; and sideline reporter Andrea Kremer about whom TV Guide said is “one of TV’s best sports correspondents.”
Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET Sunday with Bob Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting live from inside the stadium. Dan Patrick will co-host “Football Night” from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by -winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy, two-time winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from The Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., on the Cowboys-Vikings game.
DUNGY ON COLTS-REDSKINS: “Coach Shanahan has never been confident in stopping the Colts offense. He’s always thought of it as outscoring the Colts, so they are going to try to put pressure on them with big plays offensively. Defensively, they have to stop the passing game. Indianapolis has not run the ball well…Joseph Addai has been banged up and Donald Brown has been out the last couple of weeks. All the running last week fell on Mike Hart, who is really the No. 3 running back. So it’s going to be Peyton and those receivers who will be moving the football for the Colts.”
HARRISON ON REDSKINS DEFENSE: “Mike Shanahan is really confident in his defense. They played extremely well against the Packers and put a lot of pressure on Aaron Rodgers.”
IS EITHER OF THESE 3-2 TEAMS AMONG ’S ELITE?
Harrison: “Indianapolis with Peyton Manning is. He is the best quarterback in the NFL. And with the team starting to get healthy, (Robert) Mathis and (Dwight) Freeney can start attacking the quarterback more.”
Dungy: “At this point in the season, I would talk to my teams and say that there are going to be a couple of teams who get hot and get going. Somebody is going to put together a streak of consistent football and it could be one of these teams.”
COLLINSWORTH ON COLTS-REDSKINS: “Washington is proving they’re tough to beat AND the game is in Washington, while the Colts are coming off a game where they didn’t exactly light it up against Kansas City.”
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SNF EXTRA: For the third straight season, the entire schedule is streamed live on NBCSPORTS.COM. The live coverage on NBCSPORTS.COM comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features.
Extra employs a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that sets new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player includes full DVR and functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” -- all while watching live video.
New for the 2010 season, Sunday Night Football Extra has a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, and greatly enhanced social functionality including a Twitter Tug of War between fans of the two teams and the ability for users to share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook.
Sunday Night Football Extra includes expert analysis, including fantasy tips from Rotoworld fantasy experts as well as in-game chats and analysis from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio. Additionally Sunday Night Football Extra employs online-only in-game analysis from the NBC Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Michaels, Collinsworth and Kremer.
EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Video from NBC Sports’ NFL coverage, including clips from “Sunday Night Football” and “Football Night in America,” is available to be embedded on media websites at NBCSPORTS.COM.
HTTP://NBCSPORTS.MSNBC.COM/ID/22825103/VP/39652292 - 39652292
Current clips include:
Tony and Rodney previewing Colts-Redskins
Mike Florio’s PFTV – Coaches on the hot seat.
Rotoworld’s Fantasy Fix: Go with Amendola.
PFT’s Mike Florio - Award predictions after Week 5.
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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIEWERSHIP UP
BEST PRIMETIME AUDIENCE IN 14 YEARS: Through the first five weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging nearly 22 million viewers, the most for the first five weeks of a primetime NFL package in 14 years (24.7 million in 1996 on ABC). “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on Sunday night for the fifth consecutive week and the No. 1 show of the week in the key advertising demographics and is the No. 1 show of the primetime television season in all adult and male demographics.
NBC’s five-week viewership of 21.8 million is nearly two million more than and nine percent above last year’s 20.0 million for the opening five weeks of the NFL season and up 27 percent over the first five weeks in 2008 (17.2 million).
“Sunday Night Football,” featuring the 27-24 win by the Philadelphia Eagles, who were without starting QB Mike Vick, over the winless San Francisco 49ers, was seen by 16.9 million viewers, the second most when head-to-head with MLB divisional playoffs since 1997 and a gain of six percent over last year’s Week 5 SNF game (Colts-Titans, 16.0 million).
SNF NOW 5 FOR 5: With 16.9 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched regularly scheduled primetime show on Sunday night for the fifth straight week this season. Last season, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a 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).
NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: For the fifth straight week “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 regularly-scheduled primetime broadcast of the week by a wide margin among Adults 18-49, the coveted advertiser demographic, as well as among Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
For the week, “Sunday Night Football” has a 46 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 shows in Adults 18-49 (6.7 for SNF vs. 4.6 for on Fox, ’s and on ABC).
Through five weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” stands as the most-watched primetime show on television, and the No. 1 regularly scheduled primetime show in all key adult and male demos.
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH FIVE WEEKS:
1. 2010, 21.8 million
2. 2009, 20.0 million
3. 2006, 18.0 million
4. 2007, 17.3 million
5. 2008, 17.2 million
MOST WATCHED “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAMES:
1. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins, 25.3 million (SNF: Week 1)
2. 9/20/09, Giants-Cowboys, 24.8 million (Dallas Cowboys stadium debut)
T3. 09/19/10, Giants-Colts, 23.1 million (Sunday Night – “Manning Bowl II”)
T3. 12/14/08, Giants-Cowboys, 23.1 million
5. 9/10/06, Colts-Giants, 22.6 million (Original “Manning Bowl”)
6. 11/15/09, Patriots-Colts, 22.4 million
7. 9/21/08, Cowboys-Packers, 22.2 million
T8. 11/8/09, Cowboys-Eagles, 21.9 million
T8. 11/5/06, Colts-Patriots, 21.9 million
10. 11/25/07, Eagles-Patriots, 21.8 million
*The NFL Kickoff Opener on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 between the Vikings and Saints generated an average viewership of 27.5 million people.
REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Sun. Oct. 17 Week 6 Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins
Sun. Oct. 24 Week 7 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Oct. 31 Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints
Sun. Nov. 7 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Nov. 14 Week 10 New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Nov. 21 *Week 11 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun. Nov. 28 *Week 12 San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Dec. 5 *Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA