via press release:
COVERAGE BEGINS WITH “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” AT 7 PM ET
“I haven’t seen anything like this in years.” – SNF’s Michaels on Michael Vick
NEW YORK – November 17, 2010 – First place in the NFC East is at stake as Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles host Eli Manning and the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football.” Vick is coming off a game in which he threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Calling Giants-Eagles 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 Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on the Colts-Patriots game.
Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.1 million viewers through its first 10 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up eight percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.
MICHAELS ON THE EAGLES: “It’s pretty evident at this part of the season that some people, after Monday night, feel this is the best team in the league. If they turn in a performance on any given week like they did Monday night, and you can’t get any better than they were against Washington, than they are one of the teams to beat in the NFC.
MICHAELS ON VICK: “I haven’t seen anything like this in years. He begins the season as the backup, and then he wins the job, and then he gets hurt, and then Kevin Kolb looks likes he’s going to return to the No. 1 role, even when Vick gets healthy. And then here comes Vick and he performs the way he did against the Redskins. It’s really an incredible story.”
MICHAELS ON THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF THE NFL: “The Giants get healthy, and play like the best team in the conference, and then they lose to Dallas. It’s what the NFL is and has become. You just can’t figure anything out from week to week, which makes it more exciting.”
DUNGY ON GIANTS: “They looked liked a different team (against the Cowboys). This is the team we saw in the first couple of weeks, making mistakes, penalties, getting touchdowns called back. The Giants defense gave up some big plays to Dallas, and Philly has some big-play receivers that they are going to have to worry about.”
HARRISON ON THE GIANTS: “They’re still a good team, but the Giants, when they’ve had success, play good defense, apply pressure on the quarterback and create some turnovers. And Eli Manning has to take care of the football.”
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EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Video from NBC Sports’ NFL coverage, including select clips from “Sunday Night Football” and “Football Night in America,” is available to be embedded on media websites at NBCSports.com.
Current clips include:
- Dan, Tony & Rodney previewing Giants-Eagles
- NFL coaches press conferences
- Mike Florio’s PFTV
- Rotoworld’s Fantasy Fix
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 NOTES
SIXTH NBC PRIMETIME NFL GAME THIS SEASON WITH MORE THAN 20 MILLION VIEWERS: This week’s “Sunday Night Football” game, which featured the New England Patriots 39-26 dominant victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, drew 21.2 million viewers, the sixth NBC primetime NFL game this season to surpass 20 million viewers, the most through 10 weeks in NBC’s five-year “Sunday Night Football” history.
2010 NBC PRIMETIME GAMES WITH 20 MILLION OR MORE VIEWERS:
1. 9/9/10, Vikings-Saints, 27.5 million (Thursday NFL Kickoff Opener)
2. 10/24/10, Vikings-Packers, 25.7 million (Favre Return to Lambeau II)
3. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins, 25.3 million (SNF: Week 1)
4. 9/19/10, Giants-Colts, 23.1 million (“Manning Bowl II”)
5. 11/14/10, Patriots-Steelers, 21.2 million (Sunday’s Game)
6. 10/3/10, Bears-Giants, 20.9 million
NBC PRIMETIME GAMES WITH 20 MILLION OR MORE VIEWERS
(Through 10 weeks)
2010 – 6
2009 – 5
2008 – 1
2007 – 0
2006 – 2
SNF IS 10 FOR 10: With 21.2 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night for the 10th straight week this season (100 percent). 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).
- The 21.2 million is nearly two million more and nine percent higher than last week’s SNF game featuring Cowboys and Packers (19.4 million). Sunday night’s household rating of 12.8/20 is more than two rating points and 10 percent higher than last week’s Cowboys-Packers game.
- Sunday’s game was the sixth game this season to earn a 12.5 household rating or better, the most through 10 weeks in NBC’s five-year “Sunday Night Football” history.
- Last year’s Week 10 SNF game featured the 8-0 Colts defeating the 6-2 Patriots, 35-34. That much-hyped game, referred to by many as the “game-of-the-year” in the NFL, drew 22.4 million viewers, only five percent more than Sunday’s Patriots-Steelers game, and registered a 13.7/22 household rating.
NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: Sunday’s game was the most-watched and highest-rated primetime program of the week and, for the 10th 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 76 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (8.1 for SNF vs. 4.6 for Glee on Fox).
- Through 10 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.
o SNF is also the No. 3 show since the beginning of the football season among Women 18-34 and 18-49.
THROUGH 10 WEEKS, SNF BEST IN 14 YEARS: Through the first 10 weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.3 million viewers, the most through this point in the season for a primetime NFL package in 14 years (23.4 million in 1996 on ABC).
- NBC’s 10-week viewership of 21.3 million is 1.5 million more than and eight percent above last year’s 19.8 million, and up 31 percent over 2008 (16.2 million) through the same point in the season.
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH 10 WEEKS:
1. 2010, 21.3 million
2. 2009, 19.8 million
3. 2006, 18.0 million
4. 2007, 16.3 million
5. 2008, 16.2 million
REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Sun. Nov. 21 *Week 11 Giants at Eagles (no change)
Sun. Nov. 28 *Week 12 Chargers at Colts (no change)
Sun. Dec. 5 *Week 13 Steelers at Ravens
Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Eagles at Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Packers at Patriots
Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 Chargers at Bengals
Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.
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