via press release:
NFL NETWORK POSTS RECORD KICKOFF WEEKEND
All-Time Best 7.1 Million Fans Tune in for “NFL GameDay” Programming on Kickoff Sunday
Most Viewers Ever for NFL GameDay Morning & GameDay Final
Panthers-Cardinals Most-Watched NFL Replay ever
NFL fans got “Back to Football” on Kickoff Weekend with a record total of 7.1 million fans tuning into NFL Network’s Kickoff Sunday coverage – a 16 percent increase from 2010.
NFL GameDay Morning, football’s first pregame show each Sunday at 9:00 AM ET, drew a record 455,000 viewers – a 23 percent jump from the opening Sunday in 2010. Last week’s show featured Steve Mariucci reflecting on his 9/11 postgame locker room speech after his 49ers defeated the Jets in the first game played in New York after the tragedy, as well as Kurt Warner’s debut on NFL GameDay Morning.
Here is the video link of Mariucci’s emotional comments about 9/11 on NFL GameDay Morning: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/09000d5d8221e17b/Never-forgetting
NFL GameDay Final, the definitive 90-minute spin aroundeach Sunday at 11:30 PM ET featuring in-depth highlights and analysis from all of the day’s games, also set an all-time mark drawing an average of 391,000 viewers – up 25 percent from last year.
In addition, an average of 298,000 fans tuned in to Tuesday’s night’s NFL Replay of the Panthers-Cardinals Kickoff Weekend game – marking the most-watched regular-season NFL Replay since the show debuted in 2006. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 28-21 despite Carolina quarterback Cam Newton setting an NFL record for the most passing yards by a rookie quarterback on Kickoff Weekend (422 yards).
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