“The Cowboys are a different team under Jason Garrett.” – “Football Night’s” Rodney Harrison
NEW YORK – December 9, 2010 – Mike Vick leads the first-place Philadelphia Eagles into Dallas to face their division rivals the Cowboys, winners of three of their last four, in an NFC East matchup on “Sunday Night Football.”
Calling Eagles-Cowboys will be six-time Emmy Award-winner 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 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 Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Harrison, and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Soldier Field in Chicago on the Patriots-Bears game.
“Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.2 million viewers through its first 13 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up nine percent vs. 2009’s 7.5 million viewers.
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DUNGY ON EAGLES: “Philadelphia’s playing great offensively. Their defense, I’ve been worried about them. They’re giving up big plays. They haven’t been able to stop the pass and Dallas has a lot of weapons.”
HARRISON ON COWBOYS: “The Cowboys are a different team under Jason Garrett. They’re 3-1. They’re playing a lot tougher. They’re a lot more balanced. He put on pads during the week and he says, ‘We’re making a statement. We’re going to dominate on the ground.’ That’s what they did against the Colts…In the last minutes of the game, usually, we see these guys falling apart. Now they’re starting to win, starting to believe we can win these close games at the end.”
DUNGY ON COWBOYS: “They’re coming up with takeaways. Their defense is coming up with the turnovers they didn’t get when Coach Phillips was there.”
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP NOTES
THROUGH 13 WEEKS, SNF BEST IN 14 YEARS: Through the first 13 weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.4 million viewers, the most through this point in the season for a primetime NFL package in 14 years (23.7 million in 1996 on ABC).
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH 10 WEEKS:
1. 2010, 21.4 million
2. 2009, 19.6 million
3. 2006, 17.3 million
4. 2007, 16.5 million
5. 2008, 16.3 million
The 13-week average household rating of 12.9/21 is eight-percent higher than last year’s 11.9/19 and 29 percent ahead of 2008 (10.0/16) through the same point in the season.
DEFEATED ALL SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: The “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of Steelers-Ravens defeated all Sunday Night competition for the 13th time in 13 weeks, on a night that included such original competition as CBS’s 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Undercover Boss and CSI: Miami, Fox’s Simpsons, Cleveland Show and American Dad and ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
SNF IS 13 FOR 13: With 22.5 million viewers, Steelers-Ravens was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night for the 13th straight week this season (100 percent). 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).
The viewership for Sunday night’s game is more than three million more and 17 percent higher than Week 12 of last season when these two teams met with the Ravens winning 20-17 in overtime (19.2 million).
The 22.5 million is 1.6 million more and nine percent higher than the Vikings-Cardinals Week 11 game last season, which was Brett Favre’s first SNF appearance as a member of the Minnesota Vikings (20.9 million). Sunday night’s household rating of 13.4/21 is seven percent higher than last year’s Vikings-Cardinals game.
Sunday’s game was the eighth game this season to earn a 12.5 household rating or better, the most through 13 weeks in NBC’s five-year “Sunday Night Football” history.
A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: “Sunday Night Football” had a four-game November viewership of 20.9 million, making it the most-watched November ever for SNF and the best November for a primetime NFL package in 14 years (23.9 million on ABC in 1996).
REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Eagles at Cowboys (no change)
Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Packers at Patriots (no change)
Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 Chargers at Bengals
Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.
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