“The Eagles had better not be sleeping because San Francisco is desperate.” – “Football Night’s” Harrison
NEW YORK – October 6, 2010 – The Philadelphia Eagles (2-2), tied for first place in the NFC East, travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers (0-4), who are seeking their first win this season on “Sunday Night Football.”
Calling Eagles-49ers 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 Dallas Cowboys Stadium on the Titans-Cowboys game.
HARRISON ON THE 49ERS: “The 49ers are a lot better than what their record indicates. They easily could have won a few games over Atlanta and New Orleans. They are still playing hard, have a lot of talent, and are a few plays and turnovers away from really being a pretty good team. The Eagles had better not be sleeping because San Francisco is desperate.”
HARRISON ON THE EAGLES: “We’re going to see what Kevin Kolb is all about. Mike Vick could hide some of the offense’s deficiencies. This team definitely needs to play better defensively.”
PFT’S MIKE FLORIO ON IF THE 49ERS ARE OUT OF THE NFC WEST RACE AT 0-4: “No, they’re not because of the teams they have in front of them: the Seahawks, who can’t win on the road; the Cardinals who, last I checked, don’t have a quarterback; and the Rams, who are still trying to figure out how to win.”
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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.
EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Video from NBC Sports’ NFL coverage, including clips from “Sunday Night Football” and “Football Night in America,” is available to be embedded on media websites at NBCSports.com http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/22825103/vp/39537219#39537219
Current clips include:
- Mike Florio’s PFTV on who will win the NFC West.
- Rotoworld’s Fantasy Fix: Making sense of the Randy Moss trade.
- PFT’s Mike Florio on how the Eagles will adjust to Michael Vick’s injury.
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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIEWERSHIP UP
BEST PRIMETIME AUDIENCE IN 14 YEARS: Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, NBC is averaging nearly 23 million viewers, the most for the first four weeks of a primetime NFL package in 14 years (24.0 million in 1996 on ABC: four broadcasts). Sunday night’s game was the No. 1 show of the night for the fourth straight Sunday, the No. 1 show of the week in the key advertising demographics and the most-watched October primetime NFL game in 10 years, according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company.
- NBC’s four-week viewership of 22.9 million is 2.1 million more than and 10 percent above last year’s 20.8 million for the opening four weeks of the NFL season and up 29 percent over the first four weeks in 2008 (17.8 million).
- “Sunday Night Football” featuring the New York Giants 17-3 victory over the Chicago Bears was seen by an average of 20.9 million people, the most for a primetime NFL game in October since 10/9/2000 (Buccaneers-Vikings, 22.0 million on ABC), and a gain of 14 percent over last year’s Week 4 SNF game (Chargers-Steelers, 18.4 million).
- This marks the fourth time in five NBC primetime games this season that viewership surpassed 20 million.
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH FOUR WEEKS:
1. 2010, 22.9 million
2. 2009, 20.8 million
3. 2006, 18.6 million
4. 2008, 17.8 million
5. 2007, 17.1 million
SNF NOW 4 FOR 4: With 20.9 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched regularly-scheduled primetime show on Sunday night for the fourth straight week this season. 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 fourth 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. Among viewers, SNF ranked No. 2 for the week just 400,000 viewers behind Dancing With The Stars on ABC.
- For the week, “Sunday Night Football” has a 36 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (8.0 for SNF vs. 5.9 for Glee).
- “Sunday Night Football” was also the No. 2 show of the week among Teens (12-17) trailing only Glee on Fox.
- Through four weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” stands as the top show on television among viewers, households and all key adult and male demos.
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA: “Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.6 million viewers through its first four weeks, its most ever through four weeks and up one percent vs. 2009’s 8.5 million viewers.
MOST WATCHED “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAMES:
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. 10 Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Oct. 17 Week 6 Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins
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
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