Sunday Night Football

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


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:


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Broncos/Colts Give NBC Highest-Rated SNF of the Season Thus Far

NBC Sports reported today that last night’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) telecast between the Broncos and Colts registered an overnight rating of 17.3, making it the highest-rated SNF game of the season and the highest rated prime time October NFL telecast in 15 years.

Here’s more from NBC PR:

The previous best October primetime NFL overnight was a 17.5 for Minnesota-Green Bay on ABC on Oct. 5, 1998, as the Vikings beat the Packers 34-27.

The 17.3 for the Colts’ down-to-the-wire 39-33 Sunday Night Football victory is the fourth-highest overnight in the eight-year history of NBC’s primetime package (including “NFL Kickoff” games). Following are NBC’s highest overnight ratings for a regular-season game since the debut of Sunday Night Football in 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.
Minn.-New Orleans, 9/9/10 17.7 Drew Brees leads defending-champion Saints over Brett Favre and Vikings 14-9 in NFC Championship Game rematch in Thursday “NFL Kickoff” opener.
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.
N.O.-Green Bay, 9/8/11 17.2 Aaron Rodgers passes for 312 yards and three scores to lead defending-champion Packers to 42-34 win over Drew Brees (419 yards and 3 TDs) and Saints in Thursday “NFL Kickoff” opener.

NBC’s Sunday primetime average (13.5/22 from 7-11 p.m. ET in metered-market households) is the highest for any broadcast network on a Sunday night since the Academy Awards on Feb. 24 (22.2/34 on ABC) and topped second-place CBS by 50% (9.0/14).

Sports Media Digest- May 23, 2012

Sunday Night Football Top Rated Program for the 2012-2013 TV Season–  The 2012-2013 television season is over and Sunday Night Football has been crowned the top-rated prime-time program for the year.  NBC has earned that honor for the second straight year.  Over the course of the 19 telecasts Sunday Night Football earned an average audience of 21.5 million viewers.

TNT Nets a 5.3 Rating for NBA Eastern Conference Finals Opener–  Turner Sports reports that last night’s opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals register an average rating of 5.3 with 8.2 million viewers.  The rating was up 10% over the network’s coverage of the first game of the Western Conference  Finals last year.

Finebaum Joins ESPN and SEC Network–  ESPN has announced that it has hired long-time sports voice Paul Finebaum to host a radio show which will eventually be simulcast on the SEC Network.  The radio show will debut this August with the simulcast on the SEC Network to begin in August of 2014.  Finebaum will also appear on a variety of other shows and outlets, including SportsCenterCollege Football LiveCollege GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.

Coca-Cola 600 This Weekend on Fox– Fox Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday evening with the Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins at 5:30p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.

Sunday Night Football Finale Brings Big Numbers to NBC

Last night’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) finale on NBC brought the network the highest overnight rating for a regular season prime time NFL football game in 15 years.

NBC saw an overnight rating of 18.3, 7% higher than last year’s week 17 SNF game, and the highest rated game for the network of the season, toping the opener between the Steelers and Broncos.

The game registered a 44.6 rating in Washington.DC and a 36.9 rating in Dallas.

Sports Media Digest- December 5, 2011

I have done this type of thing previously so we thought we’d bring it back.  Instead of multiple, smaller posts of sports media news, I thought it best to put together a bullet list of news in one, longer entry.  Let me know what you think.  Here we go:

  • The overnight ratings are in for Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC.  Last night’s Lions/Saints contest registered a rating of 11.9, winning the night for NBC.  That number, however, was 18 percent lower than last season’s week 13 SNF telecast featuring the Ravens and Steelers.  The game had big ratings in New Orleans, coming in at 56.3.  Local ratings in Detroit also fared well, registering a 26.5.
  • Sports Illustrated today unveiled its selection for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year.  All-time winning college basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt were tabbed with the 2011 honor.
  • continues to add value to its stable of columnists.  The site today announced that longtime baseball writer John Heyman joined the staff.  He will begin work on December 12th.  Heyman spent the last five years covering baseball for Sports Illustrated.
  • Fox Sports has announced that on the day of the NFC Championship, January 22nd, it will air live the match-up of Premiere League powerhouses Arsenal and Manchester United.  The telecast will begin at 10:30am ET.  The NFC Championship will air on Fox later that day at 6:30pm ET.  Fox also announced that on Super Bowl Sunday, the Chelsea/Manchester United Premiere League match will also air live on Fox beginning at 10:3oam ET.
  • The NFL Network (NFLN) has released this week’s NFL Replay match-ups.  Tomorrow night, beginning at 8:00pm ET the network will replay the game between the Packers and Giants.  At 9:30pm ET NFLN will re-air the Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings.  On Wednesday at 8:00p, ET NFL will re-play the Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals.

Patriots/Jets Get Good Ratings for NBC

Sunday’s primetime match-up between the New England Patriots and New York Jets on Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC earned a rating of 12.9 and an audience of 20.9 million people, good enough to give the network a ratings win for the night.

The rating was up slightly from last season’s week ten SNF contest between the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, which earned a rating of 12.8.  The 2010 match-up, however had a slightly higher audience of 21.2 million viewers.

Through ten weeks SNF has an average audience of 21.3 million viewers, on par with 2010.

Here are the local market ratings numbers from Sunday night’s game:

1. Boston, 36.9/54
2. Providence, 31.4/45
3. Las Vegas, 19.3/29
4. San Diego, 19.0/30
5. Sacramento, 17.8/28
6. Milwaukee, 17.7/26
7. New York, 17.3/27
8. Albuquerque, 17.0/24
9. Indianapolis, 16.6/26
10. Norfolk, 16.4/24

NBC Wins Sunday Night Ratings Again With Ravens/Steelers

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) match-up between the Ravens and Steelers registered a rating of 13.3 with an average audience of 21.4 million viewers, winning the night once again for the network.

Sunday’s rating was 15% above the week 9 SNF 2010 game between the Cowboys and Packers.  Through nine weeks SNF is averaging an audience of 21.4 million viewers, the highest through nine weeks in the six year history of the program.

Here are the local media ratings for this past Sunday’s SNF:

1. Pittsburgh, 53.0/71

2. Baltimore, 45.0/63

3. Las Vegas, 19.2/29

4. Cincinnati, 19.1/30

T5. Washington, D.C., 17.7/30

T5. Richmond, 17.7/26

7. New Orleans, 17.6/23

8. San Diego, 17.1/27

9. Memphis, 17.0/24

10. Cleveland, 16.7/27

Despite Lackluster Match-Up NBC Wins Ratings Night with SNF

Last Sunday night’s match-up between the Cowboys and Eagles on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) earned a rating of 13.8 and an audience of 21.3 million viewers, once again winning the ratings night for the network.

The SNF rating was 29% higher than last year’s week eight game between the Steelers and Saints.  The audience number is 27% higher than a year ago.  Those numbers are impressive considering the Eagles dominated the Cowboys 34-7.

Through eight weeks, SNF is averaging 21.3 million viewers, just below the 21.5 million viewer average from 2010.

Here are the ratings from the top 10 local markets watching SNF: (Philadelphia not included)

1. Dallas, 30.5/45
2. Norfolk, 23.8/32
3. San Antonio, 23.7/33
4. Richmond, 24.3/34
5. Las Vegas, 21.0/33
6. Austin, 20.7/32
7. Washington, D.C., 19.8/31
8. Albuquerque, 19.6/29
9. Memphis, 18.5/24
10. New Orleans, 18.4/24

World Series Out Paces Sunday Night Football in Ratings

Baseball’s World Series beat out the NFL in the Sunday night ratings war.

Last night’s game 4 of the World Series on Fox between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers scored a 10.1 over night rating, besting the Sunday Night Football (SNF) telecast of the Indianapolis Colts at the New Orleans Saints on NBC.  The NFL match-up, which was a Saints blowout, garnered a rating of 8.2.

When the two events went head-to-head last year, SNF came out on top with a rating of 11.6 (Steelers/Saints) compared to the World Series’ 10.4 (Rangers/Giants).

Here are the Top 10 local metered markets for SNF:

1. New Orleans, 50.9/66
2. Indianapolis, 27.1/40
3. Norfolk, 12.6/18
4. Baltimore, 12.0/19
5. Richmond, 11.8/16
6. Las Vegas, 11.6/18
7. Atlanta, 11.2/17
8. Albuquerque, 10.9/16
9. Nashville, 10.8/15
10. Kansas City, 10.1/14