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Giants/Cowboys Matchup Most Watched Game in SNF History December 16, 2008 6:25 pm

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nbcsnf-12160823.1 million viewers tuned in to watch the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 20-8 on NBC Sunday Night Football this past Sunday.  That’s the most viewers ever for a ‘Sunday Night Football’ game and the third-most viewers in primetime this season, behind only the November 16th telecast of 60 Minutes that featured President-elect Barack Obama (25.1 million) and the October 9th season premiere of CSI (23.5 million).

Sunday Night Football is currently averaging 16.8 million viewers over 14 broadcasts.  That’s a five percent gain over last season’s average of 16.1 million.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Dan Patrick joining Football Night in America + Inside the NFL Panel Announced July 9, 2008 6:16 pm

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Former ESPN colleagues Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann are reuniting.  NBC has announced that Patrick, who was a former ESPN anchor and radio personality, is joining Football Night in America this fall to co-host the program.  “I’m delighted to be reunited with my tag team partner,” Olbermann said, and in an homage to a favorite SportsCenter catchphrase, “I can’t stop Dan Patrick from working with me again, I can only hope to contain him.”

In other NFL-related TV news, James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth were named as cohosts of Inside the NFL, which is moving to showtime after a long run on HBO.

Source: TV Guide

Record Breaking Peformance for “Super Bowl XLII” February 4, 2008 7:00 pm

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Not only was last night’s Super Bowl XLII, which saw the NY Giants do the impossible in upsetting the Patriots in a thrilling 17-14 contest, an amazing game to watch, but it was also the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, attracting over 97 million viewers.

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NFL Network and CBS, NBC Partner for Giants/Patriots Matchup December 27, 2007 12:35 pm

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NFL fans who don’t have NFL Network need not worry about missing out on this coming Saturday’s Giants vs. Patriots matchup, as the NFL has announced that the game will be given a three-network telecast.  The game will be shown on CBS and NBC, in addition to its normal broadcast on NFL Network.

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NFL Network’s Cowboys/Packers Match-Up Scores Ratings Touchdown December 5, 2007 2:27 pm

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The limited reach of NFL Network didn’t hurt the ratings for the Packers/Cowboys match-up.

Despite being available in only 35 million homes, NFL Network set a new record, as the highly hyped Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers match-up produced an incredibly strong 14.6 coverage household rating, and over 10 million viewers.

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First Flex Game of Sunday Night Football Season Chosen November 5, 2007 11:37 pm

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NBC has chosen their first “flexible scheduling” game of the new season.  The game will be between the New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills on November 18th.

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NFL Makes Changes to Draft Rules October 23, 2007 7:30 pm

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The NFL has made a few changes to the Draft, cutting the time between picks in the first and second rounds from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

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Monday Night Football Doubleheader Hands ESPN Solid Ratings September 13, 2007 1:32 pm

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The doubleheader, season opening pro football special on ESPN delivered strong ratings for the first of the two games, but the second matchup drew the franchises lowest ratings ever.

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Faith Hill To Perform SNF Opening Theme August 30, 2007 11:45 pm

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Faith Hill has been selected by NBC to perform the opening theme for the networks NBC Sunday Night Football, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night”.

A special version of the song, “Waiting All Year for Opening Night” will air Thursday, September 9 with NBC’s first regular season Sunday Night Football broadcast of the year featuring the New York Giants at the Dallas Cowboys.

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NFL Games To Be Streamed Online August 27, 2007 8:31 pm

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The NFL and DirecTV today announced that subscribers to the Sunday Ticket extension package SuperFan, will be able to watch games streamed live to their PC, marking the first time the NFL has experimented with the digital delivery system in the US market.

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Seacrest to Host Superbowl Pregame and Halftime Shows August 17, 2007 10:14 pm

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Ryan Seacrest tapped by Fox Sports to host pregame and halftime shows for the networks upcoming presentation of Superbowl XLII.

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NFL’s First Week Schedule Announced March 26, 2007 9:03 pm

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The NFL have announced the slate of games for the opening week of football, with the regular season officially kicking off Thursday, September 6.

That game will have the defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts hosting the New Orleans Saints on NBC. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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New Broadcast Team for Monday Night Football March 26, 2007 9:01 pm

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Current ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski will be replacing Joe Theismann in the booth during the networks Monday Night Football broadcast, the network announced today.

The game will now be called by Jaworski, Mike Tirico and analyst Tony Kornheiser in the booth while current sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya will stay in place.

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Colts Win Super Bowl February 4, 2007 10:21 pm

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The Indianopolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 to win Super Bowl XLI.

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NFL Hall of Fame Inductees Announced February 3, 2007 4:23 pm

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Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin leads the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007, along with running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Mathews, defensive back Roger Wehrli, tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson (both of which were the two nominees of the veterans’ committee).

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Bill Cowher to retire as Steelers Coach January 5, 2007 11:11 am

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After 15 years of coaching for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Cowher has informed his assistant coaches that he is stepping down as coach of the recent Super Bowl champions.

The Steelers organization have scheduled a 1:00 PM ET. press conference to discuss the Cowher situation.

If Cowher, 161-99-1 in his 15 seasons with the Steelers, decides to return to coaching in 2007, the Steelers control his contractual rights through the season.  So any team that would want him to coach for them would have to be willing to give up draft choices to get the rights to talk to him.

But it’s a moot point, as it’s expected Cowher will take the year off from coaching.

Source:[ESPN]Cowher expected to retire Friday at news conference

NBC announces broadcast team for first two NFL playoff games December 12, 2006 10:15 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, NFL, Sports, Television.
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On January 6, 2007, NBC will have a doubleheader of football that night. Tom Hammond (Notre Dame football broadcaster for the network) and Cris Collinsworth (currently a contributer to NBC’s “Football Night In America” as well as part of the NFL Networks Thursday night football games) will announce the first game of the night.

NBC’s regular team of Al Michaels and John Madden will call the second game.

Collinsworth and Hammond last worked together for the 1995 Orange Bowl college football game and also worked together calling NBC’s Notre Dame broadcasts from 1992-1994

Prince to perform during Super Bowl halftime show December 11, 2006 6:49 pm

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It was announced today that the 11 time nominated and six-time winning Grammy performer Prince will be entertaining the audience of Super Bowl XLI, as well as the nation, on February 4th in Miami.
Prince makes the third straight Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member to be the lead act during the Super Bowl, following up on Paul McCartney two years ago and the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger last year.

Cowboys/Giants pulls in nearly 28M viewers. December 9, 2006 1:15 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Broadcast TV Ratings, News, NFL, Nielsen Ratings, Sports, Television.
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The contest between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants this past Sunday on Fox , delivered a 17.8/32 household rating and share, drawing 27.6M viewers.

The telecast built as the game progressed, going from a 14.2 household rating (21.3M viewers) to a 19.7 household rating in the 7:00 PM hour (31.2M viewers).

It now stands as the highest-rated and most viewed NFL regular season Sunday afternoon game since 1997 (on any network).

It also drew an impressive 10.0 A18-49 rating.

Fox’s national Sunday NFL game presenations are averaging an impressive 14.7 rating (up 12% from last year’s 13.1) and is currently ranked #1 for the year as the highest-rated program on television (ahead of ABCs “Greys Anatomy” which is averaging a 14.2 rating this season).

Patriots/Bears matchup on FOX is the top-rated NFL telecast of the year November 29, 2006 6:40 pm

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The Sunday, November 26th NFL presentation between the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears (which seen the Patriots overcome the Bears 17-14), registered a 15.4/28 rating and share drawing slightly over 24 million viewers.

The game also gave wins for Fox in all key male demographics as well as the key adults 18-49 demo, earning a 9.0 rating for the week in dayparts.

Both Fox and CBS have been getting great ratings from their Sunday afternoon NFL games, with Fox averaging a 13.8/26 rating and share to CBSs 12.9/24 rating and share.