Expect Great Ratings: Brett Favre Returns to Lambeau Field on 'Sunday Night Football'

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October 20th, 2010

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BRETT FAVRE RETURNS TO LAMBEAU FIELD ON “Sunday Night Football” – COVERAGE BEGINS WITH “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” AT 7 PM ET
“Storylines around the clock for this one.” – “Sunday Night Football’s” Al Michaels

“It’s always going to be emotional for him and the Packers fans.” – “Football Night’s” Tony Dungy on Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau Field

NEW YORK – October 20, 2010 – Brett Favre, who quarterbacked the Green Bay Packers for 16 seasons and led them to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, returns to Lambeau Field to face his old team as quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings in a crucial NFC North matchup on this week’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Calling Vikings-Packers will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), who is in his 25th season as The Voice 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 Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on the Patriots-Chargers game.

“Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.1 million viewers through its first six weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up four percent vs. 2009’s 7.8 million viewers.

DUNGY ON FAVRE’S RETURN: “Even though Brett played at Lambeau last year, it’s always going to be emotional for him and the Packers fans.”

MICHAELS: “There’s a rivalry for you. Favre goes back to Lambeau Field again. Storylines around the clock for this one…(It’s a) soap opera and a football game will break out.”

COLLINSWORTH: “What is it about Brett Favre? No matter how big the mess, no matter how many distractions there may be, he steps up and plays some of his best football. We all know he’s going to be in the headlines this week. There is no way around that. And, of course, he’s going to have to go out there and take on the old faithful and Lambeau Field. It should be great to watch.”

HARRISON ON THE MATCHUP: “Charles Woodson is an inside slot guy. He’s played very effective in that position. You have to put Charles Woodson, your best cover guy and playmaker, on Percy Harvin. You have to double team (Randy) Moss and you have to take your medicine with the other guys.”
DUNGY ON THE MATCHUP: “With the injuries Green Bay has now, they can’t sit there in base defense and match up with these guys. They have to try and pressure Favre.”


HARRISON ON THE MATCHUP
: “Aaron Rodgers definitely misses Jermichael Finley. He’s a guy that’s probably one of the top two or three tight ends in The League.”


DUNGY ON THE MATCHUP:
“With their running backs being hurt and their defense being hurt, I think Green Bay feels like they have to outscore people so (Aaron) Rodgers is throwing the football. Minnesota’s strength is their front against the run, so it’s kind of a good matchup. (Green Bay will) abandon the run early and just try to throw and outscore them.”

Click here to watch Dungy and Harrison preview Vikings-Packers: http://www.snfallaccess.com/2010/10/behind-the-scenes-coach-dungy-rodney-harrison-2/

SNF EXTRA: For the third straight season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com. The live coverage on NBCSports.com comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features.

Sunday Night Football 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.

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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIEWERSHIP UP

BEST PRIMETIME AUDIENCE IN 14 YEARS: Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.4 million viewers, the most for the first six weeks of a primetime NFL package in 14 years (24.5 million in 1996 on ABC). “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on Sunday night for the sixth 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, according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company.

  • NBC’s six-week viewership of 21.4 million is nearly two million more than and nine percent above last year’s 19.7 million for the opening six weeks of the NFL season and up 29 percent over the first six weeks in 2008 (16.6 million).
  • “Sunday Night Football,” featuring the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins, was seen by 19.1 million viewers, the best NFL primetime viewership when head-to-head with an LCS in 13 years (Cowboys-Redskins, 19.6 million on 10/13/97 on ABC).

SNF NOW 6 FOR 6: With 19.1 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched regularly scheduled primetime show on Sunday night for the sixth straight week this season, on a night that faced strong sports competition with NLCS on Fox in addition to original programs including ABC's Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters, CBS's 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Undercover Boss and CSI Miami.

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 sixth 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 54 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (4.8 for Modern Family on ABC).
  • Through six 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 SIX WEEKS:

1. 2010, 21.4 million

2. 2009, 19.7 million

3. 2006, 17.2 million

4. 2008, 16.6 million

5. 2007, 16.5 million

MOST WATCHED “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAMES:

*Sundays Only

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. 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

*Flex Week

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