COVERAGE BEGINS WITH FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AT 7 PM ET
This Week on NFL Turning Point: Vikings-Panthers, NFC East, Patriots-Steelers; Airs Tomorrow on VERSUS at 10 p.m. ET with Special Re-Air on NBC, Saturday at 5 p.m. ET
NBC SportsTalk Focuses on NFL Each Monday and Friday at 6 p.m. ET on VERSUS
NEW YORK – November 2, 2011 – The Ravens (5-2) head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (6-2) in what Cris Collinsworth calls “the most electric game we do every year” on Sunday Night Football.
Calling Ravens-Steelers will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.
Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside Lincoln Financial Field. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on the Packers-Chargers game.
Collinsworth: “No matter what happens, when you get Baltimore and you get Pittsburgh together, and we’ve talked about it before, it’s probably the most electric game that we do every year.”
Dungy: “John Harbaugh has to be concerned. The first game of the year against Pittsburgh they (the Ravens) ran for 170 yards. They prompted all this old, slow Pittsburgh defensive talk. They haven’t been that way since, and have to get the running game back going into Pittsburgh this week.”
Harrison: “The Steelers are primarily a zone blitzing team, but they revamped their playbook. They came in and played tight man-to-man coverage (against the Patriots). You’ve got to give a lot of credit to cornerback Ike Taylor. He completely shutdown Wes Welker, followed him all around the field.”
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NFL TURNING POINT AIRS TOMORROW ON VERSUS, 10 P.M. ET AND REAIRS ON NBC THIS SATURDAY, 5 P.M. ET
NFL Turning Point, VERSUS’ new weekly show co-produced by NFL Films and the NBC Sports Group, continues this Thursday at 10 p.m. ET with a special reair on NBC this Saturday at 5 p.m. ET).
The hour-long program, hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, will air throughout the NFL regular season and will focus on the crucial ‘turning point’ moment in several games for football fans each week in a more in-depth way than ever before by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography and sideline and on-field audio.
This week’s episode features:
- The Vikings-Panthers game featuring two rookie quarterbacks, Cam Newton and Christian Ponder. Ravens coach Ron Rivera was wired for sound during the game.
- The wide open NFC East highlighted by the Cowboys-Eagles game on Sunday Night Football.
- The Steelers 25-17 victory over the Patriots.
- Tony and Rodney examine the up and down season of the Eagles.
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NBC SPORTSTALK ON VERSUS FOCUSES ON FOOTBALL ON MONDAY AND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. ET
Hosted by Russ Thaler, NBC SportsTalk, the new daily studio show on VERSUS, previews the NFL weekend on Friday at 6 p.m. ET with two of the most knowledgeable and respected NFL insiders, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America and Mike Florio of PreFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and Football Night. Additionally, Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld and ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com will contribute a fantasy segment each Friday.
Monday’s NBC SportsTalk program hosted by Thaler and Florio (6 p.m. ET) will recap the week in the NFL.
Click here for more details about NBC SportsTalk: http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/sports
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXPANDS DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS. ALL SEASON LONG: For the second straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya interviews and conversations with SNF talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SNF EXTRA: For the fourth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule is streamed live on NBCSports.com, which comes from NBC Sports’ broadcast of Sunday Night Football, plus four additional camera angles and several new interactive features. Sunday Night Football Extra features the broadcast from NBC’s Sunday Night Football team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
Sunday Night Football Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo.”
New for the 2011 season, Sunday Night Football Extra features online-only sideline updates and tweets from Tafoya, plus behind-the-scenes notes and images thanks to Sunday Night Football All-Access. Users can also share direct links to any play in the game via Twitter and Facebook, and participate in a Twitter Tug of War with fans of the opposing team.
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 Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America teams.
SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides links, photos and videos exclusive to behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, SNF Extra, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com.
This season, Sunday Night Football on Facebook is looking for the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Facebook fans of SNF can enter for a chance to win a VIP trip to Super Bowl XLVI by telling why they are the Ultimate Sunday Night Football fan. Each week, 14 winners will be chosen to receive a SNF Prize Pack. During Wild Card Saturday, the weekly winner with the most votes will be announced and awarded a VIP trip and tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. The contest began on September 8 and contunies throughout the season.
SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – At @SNFonNBC this year, Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya is tweeting from the sideline giving her perspective on injury reports to exclusive real-time game updates. Using tweets, twitpics and twitvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. The Twitter feed also alerts followers about upcoming interviews and features that will appear on Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
SOCIAL CHECK-INS: Sunday Night Football is new this season on GetGlue and foursquare. Fans watching Sunday Night Football at home have the opportunity to win weekly SNF themed stickers and chances at real-world prizes by checking into SNF on GetGlue every Sunday night. Through foursquare, fans check-in to stadiums and venues around the country and receive tips and tune-in information from SNF as Sunday Night Football rolls into their town.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP NOTES
SNF STARTS STRONG: Through the first eight weeks of the NFL season (eight Sunday’s and one Thursday), Sunday Night Football is averaging 21.3 million viewers, just one percent below last year (21.5 million) and the second-most through this point in the season in the six-year history of SNF.
The average Adult 18-49 demo rating of 7.7 places Sunday Night Football as the No. 1 show of the primetime television season* in the key advertiser demographic (“live plus same day”).
Additionally, SNF currently stands No. 1 among all primetime programs for the television season among Adults 18-34 and all male demographics, and No. 2 among households only behind CBS’ NCIS (“live plus same day”).
*NOTE: The primetime television season started on Sept. 19 and does not include the first three NBC primetime games (Thursday night NFL Kickoff Opener and first two SNF games). Including those three games, SNF is the most-watched and highest-rated show on primetime television.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL THROUGH 8 WEEKS:
2011: 21.3 million
2010: 21.5 million, down one percent
2009: 19.1 million, up 12 percent
2008: 15.9 million, up 34 percent
2007: 16.1 million, up 32 percent
2006: 17.3 million, up 23 percent
The eight-week average household rating of 12.8/20 is two percent lower than last year’s 13.0/21 but 10 percent ahead of 2009 (11.6/19) through the same point in the season and the second-highest in the six-year history of Sunday Night Football.
The critically acclaimed Football Night in America is averaging 9.0 million viewers and a household rating of 5.5/9 (7:30-8:15 p.m. ET) through the first eight weeks, up nine and 10 percent, respectively from last year’s first eight weeks.
35 FOR 36: Sunday Night Football was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night. This marks the 35th time in 36 primetime NFL games – dating back to Week 7 in 2009 – that NBC has defeated its competition (32 Sundays, two Thursdays and one Tuesday).
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REMAINING 2011 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Nov. 6 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Nov. 13 Week 10 New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun. Nov. 20 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 27 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sun. Dec. 4 *Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Sun. Dec. 25 *Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA
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