All-New Series of Instruction Specials Offers Best Lessons and Tips the Legends Ever Received, Concluding with a Special Viewer Finale
“It’s fun for me to talk golf with Michael (Breed). We’re both like crazed doctors.” – Johnny Miller
“The mechanics of this game have always fascinated me and have been a big part of the lure. To this day, I am committed to perfecting the fundamentals and practice what is famously known as my swing for life. This series is an opportunity to show those ‘absolute musts’ with golfers of all skill levels.” – Nick Faldo
“I just say one or two words to Johnny and then listen. There is so much good information right here. Everybody is going to get a chance to learn something.” – Michael Breed, co-hosting alongside Johnny Miller
Win McMurry Previews 7 Nights at the Academy: 7 Nights at the Academy Sneak Peek
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2011) – Three of the biggest names to ever play the game will share their secrets of success in a series of new instruction specials – 7 Nights at the Academy – airing Dec. 12-18 on Golf Channel. Hall-of-Famers Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo and Raymond Floyd will each host their own half-hour instruction shows, sharing stories and experiences from their legendary careers and providing viewers with everything they need to know to improve their golf games.
Branded as a part of Golf Channel’s Golf Channel Academy, 7 Nights at the Academy will premiere Monday, Dec. 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET with Miller, Faldo and Floyd sharing their best tips and lessons they have ever received in back-to-back half-hour specials. 7 Nights at the Academy will continue with new episodes on subsequent nights from 7-8 p.m. ET, concluding with a two-part special finale on Sunday, Dec. 18, when all three Hall-of-Famers answer questions from viewers.
“We’re thrilled to bring these legendary golfers into the living rooms of golf fans and provide them with inside access to knowledge from some of the game’s best,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “7 Nights at the Academy is an opportunity for us to treat our viewers this holiday season to something very special.”
Golf Channel’s Win McMurry gives viewers an online sneak peek into some of the best moments and tips coming up in the series of shows, available now at GolfChannel.com. McMurry also received personal lessons and tips from the three Hall-of-Famers that will air online as part of the 7 Nights at the Academy show page – www.GolfChannel.com/academy -which also features behind-the-scenes videos, interviews and exclusive tips from the three legends.
Golf Channel’s Michael Breed co-hosts the Johnny Miller episodes, taking place at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif. Rich Lerner co-hosts alongside Nick Faldo, filmed at the Faldo Golf Institute in Orlando, Fla., and Martin Hall co-hosts alongside Raymond Floyd at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
7 Nights at the Academy Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Dec. 12 Johnny Miller – Top Lessons 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 Nick Faldo – Top Lessons 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 Raymond Floyd – Top Lessons 8 p.m.
Dec. 13 Raymond Floyd – Driving 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 Nick Faldo – Driving 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 Johnny Miller – Iron Game 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 Nick Faldo – Iron Game 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 Raymond Floyd – Short Game 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 Johnny Miller – Short Game 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 Nick Faldo – Bunker Game 7 p.m.
Dec. 16 Johnny Miller – Bunker Game 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 Nick Faldo – Putting 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 Raymond Floyd – Putting 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 Floyd, Miller and Faldo – Viewer Lessons Part One 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 Floyd, Miller and Faldo – Viewer Lessons Part Two 7:30 p.m.
-NBC Sports Group-
BEST NOVEMBER EVER FOR GOLF CHANNEL
November Becomes Most-Watched Month in 2011 and Second-Best Month in Golf Channel’s Near 17-Year History
November Traffic on GolfChannel.com Best in Four Years
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2011) – November on Golf Channel was the most-watched November in the network’s near 17-year history, marking yet another 2011 milestone and sustaining momentum gained by the network since it became part of the NBC Sports Group in January.
Highlighted by record-breaking viewership for news and tournaments, including live coverage in primetime of the Emirates Australian Open and The Presidents Cup, Golf Channel reached 13.8 million unique viewers and averaged 124,000 viewers per day, according to data released by Nielsen. November also was the most-watched month of 2011 and second-most-watched month in the history of Golf Channel. February 2008 was the most watched, averaging 139,000 viewers.
“We’re proud of this record month but we’re more proud that, at a time of year when people have traditionally turned their attention elsewhere, golf in the fall is more popular than ever,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley.
Golf Channel made significant investments to acquire additional programming to strengthen its fall schedule and keep golf in the headlines through the balance of the year. Tournament coverage, headlined by The Presidents Cup’s more than 51 hours of coverage from Australia, has featured the game’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, World No. 1 Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and more. Day One and Day Two of The Presidents Cup were the two most-watched days on cable in the history of the biennial event.
November 2011 records also featured Golf Channel’s:
· Most-watched week ever (Nov. 14-20 / 283,000 average viewers).
· Most-watched day ever (Nov. 18 / 589,000 average viewers).
· Most-watched night ever (Nov. 19 / 1,664,000 average viewers).
Web Gains: GolfChannel.com continued to see gains, with page views in November the highest for the month in four years. More than 16 million page views represented a 71 percent increase over November 2010. GolfChannel.com recently became the complete golf news and editorial site for NBCSports.com, as well as MSNBC.com. The recently redesigned GolfChannel.com replaced the golf section on NBCSports.com on the web, as well as across NBC Sports’ mobile and tablet platforms.
December Continues Momentum: This week, Tiger Woods will host an elite field of 18 players for the Chevron World Challenge, Dec. 1-4; and 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy headlines a field of superstars at the UBS Hong Kong Open, which represents the final opportunity for European Tour players to qualify for next week’s Dubai World Championship and its $7.5 million payday. Golf Channel December programming also will be highlighted by golf legends Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo and Raymond Floyd who will share their secrets to success during “7 Nights at the Academy,” beginning Dec. 12. During 15 themed shows over seven nights, the trio will share instructional tips for all aspects of the game from tee to green.
-NBC Sports Group-