“This is a very disciplined defense and very physical.” – Football Night’s Rodney Harrison on the Dolphins
Bob Costas Interviews Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez on “Football Night”
NFL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month – Game Broadcast on Telemundo in Select Markets; National Anthem Preformed by Marc Anthony and Fergie; Enrique Iglesias at Halftime
NEW YORK – Sept. 23, 2010 – Head coach Rex Ryan and QB Mark Sanchez lead the Jets (1-1) to Miami to take on heated AFC East division rival, the undefeated Dolphins (2-0) on “Sunday Night Football’s” first-ever trip to Miami.
Calling Jets-Dolphins 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 on the Eagles-Jaguars game from Jacksonville.
HARRISON ON JETS PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE PATRIOTS: “I didn’t think we’d be talking about the Jets offense and their ability to pass the ball but Mark Sanchez looked like Tom Brady.”
DUNGY ON SANCHEZ: “Mark Sanchez looked like a playoff quarterback (against the Patriots). They took the shackles off him and let him win the game and he won it for them.”
HARRISON ON THE DOLPHINS: “They are doing what the Jets did last year. They are running the ball and playing good defense. They are emotional. They are playing smart. They are not giving up big plays and they are getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers. This is a very disciplined defense and very physical.”
BOB COSTAS INTERVIEWS RYAN AND SANCHEZ: Bob Costas interviewed Jets head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez for segments that will air Sunday Night during “Football Night in America.”
NFL, TELEMUNDO & NBC SPORTS TEAM TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
TELEMUNDO STATIONS TO BROADCAST JETS-DOLPHINS GAME: The NFL, Telemundo and NBC Sports have teamed for a unique broadcast for viewers of this week’s “Sunday Night Football” game. Telemundo will broadcast its first-ever “Sunday Night Football” game on its New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Miami stations.
NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” production team will partner with Deportes Telemundo to broadcast the game from Miami in two languages. Deportes Telemundo will provide its own Spanish-speaking award-winning commentators, Jessi Losada, Rene Giraldo and Edgar Lopez.
The national anthem, performed by Grammy-award winner and Dolphins’ limited partner Marc Anthony, along with Dolphins’ limited partner Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, and a special halftime performance by international superstar Enrique Iglesias, will all be part of the NBC Sports and Telemundo broadcasts.
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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” VIEWERSHIP UP
BEST PRIMETIME AUDIENCE IN 14 YEARS: Through the first two weeks of the NFL season (three broadcasts), NBC is averaging 25.3 million viewers, the most for the first two primetime weeks in 16 years (25.5 million in 1994 on ABC: two broadcasts), according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company.
- NBC Sports’ three NFL broadcasts this season rank as three of the top four (tied) most-watched NFL regular-season primetime broadcasts ever.
- Last Thursday’s NFL Kickoff: Vikings-Saints (27.5 million)
- Week 1 SNF: Cowboys-Redskins (25.3 million)
- Week 2 SNF: Giants-Colts blowout (23.1 million)
- NBC’s three-game viewership of 25.3 million is up 13 percent over last year’s 22.3 million for the opening two weeks of the NFL season and up 52 percent over the first two weeks in 2008 (16.6 million).
SNF NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: For the second straight week “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 primetime broadcast of the week among viewers, households and all the key demos.
SNF NOW 2 FOR 2: With 23.1 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched show on Sunday night for the second 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).
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. Sept. 26 Week 3 New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Sun. Oct. 3 Week 4 Chicago Bears at New York Giants
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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