via press release:
NO. 1 NOTRE DAME FEATURED IN “UNDEFEATED: 2012 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SEASON IN REVIEW”
New Special Airs Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC
Program Features In-Depth Look Back at 2012 Season; Looks Ahead to BCS National Championship
Head Coach Brian Kelly & Heisman Hopeful Manti Te’o Interviewed
NEW YORK – November 28, 2012 – With Notre Dame concluding its 2012 regular season with a perfect 12-0 record and the No. 1 BCS ranking, NBC will take a special look back at the Fighting Irish’s magical season and look ahead to the team’s upcoming appearance in the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7. Undefeated: 2012 Notre Dame Football Season in Review airs Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
Hosted by Liam McHugh, Undefeated will feature an in-depth look at Notre Dame’s first undefeated regular season since 1988. It will also preview the BCS National Championship in which the Fighting Irish will look to win a national title for the first time in 24 years, likely against the winner of Saturday’s SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.
Undefeated will feature a behind-the-scenes look at Notre Dame’s improbable season, and include interviews with head coach Brian Kelly and numerous players. It will also look back at the remarkable career of Heisman Trophy hopeful and team captain linebacker Manti Te’o. Footage from the Notre Dame Football awards show will also air in Undefeated.
Notre Dame Football on NBC scored its most-watched season in seven years. The Fighting Irish averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 householdfor their seven games on NBC, up 69% and 67%, respectively, versus last year (2.6 million viewers and a 1.7 household rating). The 4.4 million average viewers this year is the best for Notre Dame Football on NBC since 2005 (5.2 million), while the 2.8 rating is the best since 2006 (3.0).
ABOUT NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC
The NBC Sports Group and the University of Notre Dame began their landmark Notre Dame Football relationship in 1991, and have renewed their partnership numerous times, the latest in June of 2008 through 2015. NBC has the media rights for up to eight Notre Dame home games annually, including one off-site home game airing in primetime each year. Since 2010, NBC’s Notre Dame games have been streamed live on NBCSports.com and, beginning in 2012, on the NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets. During the 2012 season, NBC experienced its most-watched season since 2005 with viewership of Notre Dame Football averaging 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 household rating, up 69% and 67%, respectively, over 2011.