NBC Sports

NBC Flexes Panthers/Saints for Week 14

The NFL has announced that the NFC South match-up between the Panthers and Saints during week 14 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC.  The original game between the Falcons and Packers will shift to 1:00pm ET on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 14 NFL schedule (all times are local)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 (WEEK 14)

HOUSTON AT JACKSONVILLE 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
CLEVELAND AT NEW ENGLAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
OAKLAND AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
MIAMI AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
*ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
TENNESSEE AT DENVER 2:05 PM (MT) CBS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA 2:25 PM (MT) FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SAN DIEGO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
*CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS 7:30 PM (CT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

DALLAS AT CHICAGO 7:40 PM (CT) ESPN

Big Ratings Numbers for Broncos/Pats on NBC

From NBC PR:

Last night’s NBC Sunday Night Football thriller featuring Tom Bradyleading the New England Patriots to a team-record setting 34-31 overtime win against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in “Manning-Brady XIV” – the 14th meeting between the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks – posted a 17.0 overnight rating and 28 share (8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET) marking the best primetime overnight for a November game in 17 years and a 26% increase over last season’s Week 12 SNF game (13.5 for Green Bay-New York Giants).

The Patriots’ epic comeback victory – they trailed 24-0 at halftime – kept viewers tuned in late, as the SNF overnight rating peaked from 11:30 p.m.-midnight ET at 17.9/34 (full half-hour rating chart below).  In addition, SNF more than doubled the overnight rating of primetime’s second-ranked entertainment show for the night – the American Music Awards (8.2/12 on ABC)

Coupled with last week’s 16.6/27 overnight for Kansas City-Denver, NBC’s back-to-back SNF contests are the firstconsecutive primetime games (not including NFL Kickoff games) since ‘96 in which a network posted overnight ratings of 16.6 or higher.

Brady passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots posted the largest come-from-behind victory in club history after trailing 24-0 in the first half.  Brady led New England (now 8-3) to 31 consecutive second-half points to take a 31-24 fourth-quarter lead before Manning capped a 10-play, 80-yard Denver scoring drive with a game-tying 11-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:06 left in regulation. Denver (9-2) and New England each had two possessions in overtime before Stephen Gostkowski kicked the 31-yard game-winning field goal with 1:56 remaining.

The previous best November primetime NFL overnight was an 18.0/29 for Pittsburgh-Miami on ABC on November 25, 1996, as Kordell Stewart rushed for a touchdown and Mike Tomczak threw a TD pass to lead the first-place Steelers to a 24-17 come-from-behind win over Dan Marino (254 passing yards & 1 TD) and the Dolphins.  The week prior, on November 18, 1996, the defending Super Bowl-champion Dallas Cowboys’ 21-6 win over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers on ABC posted a 21.5/32 overnight.

The Patriots’ memorable Sunday Night Football victory is the fifth-highest Sunday overnight in the eight-year history of NBC’s primetime package (excluding “NFL Kickoff” games) and ranks second this season behind the 17.3 for Manning’s return to Indianapolis on October 20.

Following are NBC’s highest overnight ratings for a Sunday regular-season game since the debut of Sunday Night Footballin 2006:

Game, Date Overnight Highlights
Dallas-Wash., 12/30/12 18.3 Rookie Robert Griffin III leads Redskins to NFC East title with 28-18 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup. Game posted highest regular-season primetime overnight on any network in 15 years.
Pittsburgh-Denver, 9/9/12 18.0 Peyton Manning debuts with a new team (Denver) after missing ’11 season with neck injury, and throws his 400th career TD pass in Broncos’ come-from-behind 31-19 victory.
Denver-Indy, 10/20/13 17.3 QB Andrew Luck accounts for 4 TDs to lead Colts to a 39-33 win over Broncos in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.
Dallas-NY Giants, 1/1/12 17.1 Eli Manning passes for 346 yards and 3 TDs to lead Giants to NFC East title with 31-14 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup.
Denver-N.E., 11/24/13 17.0 In “Manning-Brady XIV,” Tom Brady passes for 344 yards & 3 TDs to lead Patriots to victory after trailing 24-0 against Peyton Manning and Broncos.

 

In the Adults 18-49 demographic, Sunday Night Football easily won the night posting a 10.4 rating (in the 25 markets used to calculate the overnight demo) – 108% better than the top entertainment show in the demo (5.0 for American Music Awards).

Following is a look at the ratings by half hour.

Half Hours (all times ET) HH Rating/Share
8:30p 16.6/25
9p 17.8/26
9:30p 17.3/25
10p 15.4/24
10:30p 16.0/26
11p 17.2/30
11:30p 17.9/34
12a 17.6/37

Top 10 Metered Markets:

1. Denver, 48.2/71
2. Boston, 37.3/59
3. Providence, 30.2/46
4. Albuquerque, 24.5/36
5. Indianapolis, 24.2/40
6. New Orleans, 23.6/34
7. Las Vegas, 22.8/35
8. Seattle, 21.9/34
9. Sacramento, 21.6/33
10. San Diego, 21.3/35

Sports Media Weekly No. 173- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio

It’s been an interesting sports media week and we have it covered on Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the program this week is Brian Berger of Sports Business Radio.

We begin the program looking at the appearance late this afternoon of Alex Rodriguez on the Mike Francesa radio program on WFAN in New York.  Rodriguez sought the sympathetic ear of Francesa after storming out of his hearing today with an arbitrator over his 211 game suspension issued by Major League Baseball earlier this year.  Brian, who also works as a media consultant for athletes, chimes in on whether Rodriguez’ strategy will pay off for him in the court of public opinion.

Over to the the NFL next and Ken’s piece on Awful Announcing on the flex options that await the league’s media partners when the new television contracts take effect next year.

We then move to the news that CBS NFL game analyst Dan Dierdorf will be retiring at the end of the current NFL season after 30 years televising games for CBS and ABC.

College basketball may be seeing quite the change in coverage at the NCAA Final Four beginning next year as Turner Sports takes over televising the national semi-final games.  John Ourand at Sports Business Journal  has the details.

We wrap the news segment by looking at the news by NBC that Bob Costas will be adding late night hosting duties to his primetime gig at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Week 12 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 12 NFL schedule, along with announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 21
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New Orleans at Atlanta 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 24
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Tampa Bay at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Minnesota at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Chicago at St. Louis 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Indianapolis at Arizona 4:05 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Tennessee at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Dallas at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Denver at New England 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 25
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at Washington 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Costas to Host Primetime and Late Night Sochi Olympics Coverage

It looks like NBC will be asking more from its biggest sports personality for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Today the network announced that Bob Costas will host both the network’s primetime and late night coverage of the Winter Games this February.

Costas will be serving as primetime host for the 10th time in Sochi.  He recently served as host of both primetime and late night telecasts in 2000.

“With unmatched experience in the host chair, Bob’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for our Sochi coverage both in primetime and late night,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “There is no one better than Bob to lead us in telling the stories of the athletes and competition that captivate fans around the world.”

“The Olympics are a unique television event,” Costas said. “They involve classic sports coverage, of course, but also many elements of storytelling and travelogue aspects that are not part of the usual sports broadcast. They are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”

Week 11 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Asignments

Here is the week 11 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 14
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Indianapolis at Tennessee 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Peter Schrager
Detroit at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Arizona at Jacksonville 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Oakland at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Baltimore at Chicago 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
San Diego at Miami 4:05 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Minnesota at Seattle 4:25 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
San Francisco at New Orleans 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Kansas City at Denver 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinworth
MONDAY, NOV. 18
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New England at Carolina 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Dallas, St. Louis

Sports Media Weekly No. 171- Richard Sandomir, New York Times & Trenni Kusnierek, CSNNE

We have a pair of happy Boston Red Sox fans hosting this week’s Sports Media Weekly program.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment this week by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.

We lead-off the show with a final look back at the World Series and Fox’ claim of higher ratings when, in fact, the viewership numbers are actually still on the decline.

Richard chimes in with a local New York sports media item in the announcement that the New York Mets next year will be calling WOR-AM it’s radio flagship home after a long stint on WFAN.

We return to Richard’s article with James Andrew Miller from a week or so ago on the 10th Anniversary of the NFL Network and the league’s attempt to sell a portion of the network’s stake to ESPN.  Richard adds some context and other insights to the piece.

We wrap the news segment by looking at how NBC is looking forward to a profitable Winter Olympic Games this February from Sochi after losing money at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The second half of the show features Ken speaking with Trenni Kusnierek.  You may remember Trenni from her years at the MLB Network.  Ken talks with her about her expereinces there and her new role at Comcast SportsNet New England.

Week 10 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 10 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 07
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Washington at Minnesota 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 10
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Detroit at Chicago 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Philadelphia at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
St. Louis at Indianapolis 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Seattle at Atlanta 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Oakland at N.Y. Giants 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Buffalo at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Carolina at San Francisco 4:05 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Houston at Arizona 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Denver at San Diego 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Dallas at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 11
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Miami at Tampa Bay 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Kansas City,N.Y. Jets,Cleveland,New England

NBC Sports Announces Olympics Coverage for MSNBC, CNBC and USA

NBC Sports announced yesterday its plans for coverage of curling and hockey on MSNBC, CNBC, and USA Network at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.  The three networks will combine for 124 hours of coverage of the two sports.

From NBC Sports PR:

CNBC

CNBC — NBCUniversal’s fully distributed cable business channel — will present a daily curling program during the Sochi Olympics. The channel will televise 36 hours of curling coverage, including the men’s and women’s finals, over 12 days, beginning Monday, Feb. 10 and concluding Friday, Feb. 21. CNBC’s curling show will air daily from 5-8 p.m. ET from Feb. 10-21, except for Sunday, Feb. 16, when coverage will air from 4-7 p.m. ET.

MSNBC

MSNBC, NBCUniversal’s 24/7 cable news channel that is fully distributed in roughly 100 million homes, will carry 45 hours of live Olympic hockey and curling programming over 12 days. MSNBC’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage from Sochi begins on Saturday, Feb. 8 with live women’s hockey featuring Canada-Switzerland at 8 a.m. ET, and concludes onWednesday, Feb. 19.

MSNBC will telecast live hockey on 11 of its 12 days, including medal round games. The network will also feature curling coverage, highlighted by men’s and women’s semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

USA NETWORK

USA Network, the #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years and seen in more than 100 million U.S. homes, will present live hockey and live curling during the 2014 Sochi Games, including medal rounds of both sports and three men’s hockey games featuring Team Canada.

The channel will televise 43 hours of live coverage over nine days starting on Monday, Feb. 10 with live women’s curling featuring U.S.-Switzerland. Men’s hockey coverage includes three games featuring Team Canada, including a matchup onSunday Feb. 16 between Canada-Finland, the gold and bronze medal-winning teams at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Coverage will air on USA Network in the mornings and afternoons with exact times varying from day to day.

 

NBC Flexes Week 11 Match-Up to Chiefs/Broncos

Looking at how the 2013 NFL season has started and how NBC can flex their Sunday Night Football games beginning with week 11, it was just about a foregone conclusion that NBC would flex out of its scheduled game of Green Bay at the NEw York Giants and replace it with an AFC West showdown between the Chiefs and Broncos.

That’s exactly what happened as the NFL announced today that the Chiefs and Broncos will now air on Sunday night, November 17th.  Packers/Giants will move to a 4:25p.m. ET kick-off on Fox and San Diego at Miami will move from a 1:00p.m. to a 4:05p.m. ET start on CBS.

Here is the re-vamped week 11 NFL schedule:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (WEEK 11)

(Byes: Dallas, St. Louis)

INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE 7:25 PM (CT)

NFLN


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO 1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

BALTIMORE AT CHICAGO 12:00 PM (CT)

CBS

CLEVELAND AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET)

CBS

OAKLAND AT HOUSTON 12:00 PM (CT)

CBS

ARIZONA AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

ATLANTA AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET)

FOX

*SAN DIEGO AT MIAMI 4:05 PM (ET)

CBS

*GREEN BAY AT NEW YORK GIANTS 4:25 PM (ET)

FOX

SAN FRANCISCO AT NEW ORLEANS 3:25 PM (CT)

FOX

MINNESOTA AT SEATTLE 1:25 PM (PT)

FOX

*KANSAS CITY AT DENVER 6:30 PM (MT)

NBC

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

NEW ENGLAND AT CAROLINA 8:40 PM (ET)

ESPN