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Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
Sunday Night Football soars to 23.7 million viewers, the highest-rated program since the Oscars
Sunday's Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup is part of a positive ratings trend for Sunday Night Football, which has been up 8% this season over last year.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
NBC's Sunday Night Football gets huge ratings with rare Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers matchup
The second and likely last meeting between the two future Hall of Fame QBs averaged 19.1 million viewers, a season high for Sunday Night Football.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
NBC slammed for airing "racist" caravan ad during Sunday Night Football that CNN refused to air
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The day after CNN said it refused to air Trump's migrant caravan ad because "this ad is racist," NBC decided to air the same commercial in primetime during the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game. Numerous Twitter users, including Judd Apatow, called out NBC for airing the ad. "I am disgusted that you would air that after @cnn refused to air it because it is explicitly racist. Shame on you. @NBCNews," tweeted Apatow," who added that it was a "low point in the history" of NBC. Meanwhile, Will & Grace star Debra Messing tweeted: "To our @willandgrace fans—I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about."
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Study: President Trump's effect on NFL ratings was "weak" -- quality of football is likely to blame for viewership decline
Source: USA Today
USA Today "dove into the numbers" to see why ratings for the NFL actually declined in recent years, and whether Colin Kaepernick and President Trump were really to blame. "We examined TV viewership for Sunday Night Football in 37 markets in 2016 and 2017," said USA Today. "The data, courtesy of Comscore, shows the percent of TVs in a market that were tuned to the big game. Then, we looked at how people in those places voted in the last Presidential election — plus a bunch of football factors. There was some evidence of a Trump effect. But it was, at best, weak. What really stood out was that people stuck with football if there was a 'football reason' to watch. The data show that quality football and home team loyalty drove the TV audience far more than political tribalism." The study also found that areas of high Trump support received bad football games, including Arizona, Indianapolis and Houston. ALSO: Network executives explain why NFL ratings are up 1% this year.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo being out for the season is a "primetime nightmare"
Source: The Big Lead
The hype generated late last season by the 49ers quarterback (and former Tom Brady backup) prompted the NFL to schedule the 49ers in primetime -- on Thursday Night Football, Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football -- for four weeks over a five-week period starting in mid-October. With Garoppolo out for the season with a torn ACL, those primetime NFL games are likely to become ratings losers -- unless, perhaps, the 49ers re-sign Colin Kaepernick.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Why are NBC's Sunday Night Football themes always so awful?
"Sunday Night Football has been on for over a decade," says Drew Magary. "And despite its standing as the League’s foremost primetime showcase, and even though NBC has a small army of production geniuses on hand to make sure the broadcast runs seamlessly (and it often does), it’s amusing that they have cycled through so many different versions of an intro song and ALL of them have sucked a**. They started with Pink covering Joan Jett. Pink is the Spencer’s Gifts of pop music and I hate her songs with a righteous fury. Then they moved onto Faith Hill covering the same song. Then they recruited Carrie Underwood ... OOOOHHHHHHH SUNDAAAAYYY NIIIIGHT. Every iteration of the song has been worse than the last, and the whole segment seems specifically designed to be a softcore video for Kid Rock Cruise passengers who haven’t discovered internet porn yet. I fast forward or mute the opening number every week because it literally makes me uncomfortable to watch."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
NBC's Sunday Night Football fans aren't happy with Carrie Underwood's new theme song
Source: Sporting News
Underwood's new theme is missing her famous "oooohhhhhhhhh Sunday night."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
NBC's new Sunday Night Football "Green Zone" is the ultimate conclusion of graphics creep
Source: The Ringer
NBC's new graphic, which puts a green zone between the line of scrimmage and the first down line on third downs, made its formal debut on Thursday night to the distaste of many viewers. "Viewed positively, the Green Zone alerts fans to the fact that it’s third down," says Rodger Sherman. "Viewed negatively, the Green Zone does absolutely nothing besides tell the audience it’s too stupid to identify the first-down marker with just one on-screen graphic."
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 12:18PM EDT
NFL season kickoff drops from last year after rain delay
About 19 million tuned in for last night's Eagles-Falcons game, which was delayed by 45 minutes due to weather. About 20.8 million watched last year's kickoff.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
NBC will show the National Anthem during tonight's NFL season kickoff
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the network, along with others, such as ESPN, will not show the anthem for every game, but there will be exceptions." The anthem will air tonight as NFL player protests during the National Anthem are still a hot-button issue with Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad to air during the game.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad will air during sporting events this weekend, in addition to the NFL's season opener on Thursday
Source: The New York Times
A 90-second version of the ad will be shown during NBC's NFL season kickoff on Thursday night, NBC confirmed. The Kaepernick ad will also be shown during the U.S. Open, Major League Baseball games and college football games over the next week. Before the ad was released, President Trump went after Nike Wednesday morning for its "Just Do It" ad campaign with Kaepernick. "Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts," Trump tweeted. "I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?”
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Nike to air Colin Kaepernick's "Just Do It" ad during the NFL's season opener Thursday on NBC
Kaepernick, who is suing the NFL for collusion to keep him out of the league, is being featured as part of Nike's 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign. The NFL, a longtime partner of Nike's, responded on Tuesday to Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike's campaign, saying: "The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action." While Kaepernick appearing in a commercial during an NFL game may seem awkward, ESPN's Darren Rovell points out that it's actually to the league's advantage. "Of course the NFL is going to let Nike air the Kaepernick ad on the game tomorrow on NBC," Rovell tweeted. "While the business partner relationship is awkward, Nike has taken so much pressure off the league."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Will Al Michaels be able to make explicit references to gambling on Sunday Night Football?
Source: The Washington Post
The rise of legalized gambling presents a new dilemma for sports broadcasters like Michaels, who usually speaks about gambling obliquely with a wink and a nod: Will sports gambling become part of the on-air discussion? "Network producers and executives say it’s too early to expect the broadcasts to feel or sound significantly different, even if the interest and availability of sports gambling will be higher this season," reports Rick Maese. "For starters, there’s language in the contracts between broadcast partners and the league that bars overt discussions of sports gambling." Michaels says of gambling talk: "I’ve had a lot of fun with this through the years, coming in a backdoor, a side door, whatever — different ways to use the English language — people know what I’m talking about. But in the past when I would do this, it was almost as if the fans would think, ‘He’s not supposed to do it, but that’s kind of cool.’ Now it’s going to be out there.”
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Bob Costas is set to leave NBC: "Sometimes you get to a point where it is not a fit anymore"
Source: New York Post
Costas tells the New York Post he plans to leave NBC to pursue a journalism show that would feature interviews, commentaries and a critical look at the world of sports and perhaps other topics. Costas has spent nearly four decades at NBC with a multi-million contract that is scheduled to expire in 2021, but The Post reports that Costas and NBC will begin discussions to allow him to exit his contract three years early. NBC rarely uses Costas on-air since he stepped away from his Olympics and Sunday Night Football roles, so he mostly does broadcast work these days on MLB Network. “Sometimes you get to a point where it is not a fit anymore,” Costas tells the Post. “It doesn’t mean that anyone is angry or upset.” NBC declined comment.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
NBC's Sunday Night Football introduces the "Green Zone"
This season, the No. 1 program on TV is introducing a new feature that digitally turns the field a slightly darker shade of green during third downs to show the distance between the line of scrimmage and the line to reach a first down. Executive producer Fred Gaudelli calls it an "evolution" or "complement" to the yellow digital line that was first introduced 20 years ago.