FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
CARSON PALMER AND ARIZONA CARDINALS HOST ANDY DALTON AND CINCINNATI BENGALS IN BATTLE OF DIVISION LEADERS ON NBC’S “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bengals-Cardinals
Sunday Night Football Returns to Arizona For First Time Since NBC Telecast of Super Bowl XLIX, Most-Watched Television Program in U.S. History
NBC’s Sunday Night Football is Averaging 23.1 Million Viewers, Best Viewership To Date Since 1996
Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 18, 2015 – NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football presents an interconference matchup of division leaders this week when QB Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals (7-2, NFC West) host QB Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals (8-1, AFC North) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., this Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins with Football Night In America – the most-watched weekly studio show in sports – at 7 p.m. ET.
The Cardinals appear on Sunday Night Football for the second consecutive week, following their 39-32 victory against the Seahawks in Seattle last Sunday. WR Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals’ receiving corps last week with 10 catches for 130 yards. Now in his 12th NFL season, he currently ranks fifth in the league in receiving yards (836). Palmer threw three touchdown passes against Seattle to give him 23 on the season, second-best in the NFL behind Patriots QB Tom Brady (24).
The Bengals travel to Arizona on a short week after losing their first game of the season on Monday night, 10-6, to the Houston Texans. This marks just the third time in franchise history that the Bengals will face the Cardinals in Arizona, and the first time since a 17-14 Cardinals win in 2003, when Palmer was in the first of his eight seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals are off to their best start in franchise history and boast the fifth-highest scoring offense in the NFL (26.1 ppg), while Arizona ranks second in scoring (33.6 ppg)
Sunday night’s matchup also marks the first visit to Arizona for Sunday Night Football since Super Bowl XLIX in February, which averaged 114.4 million viewers on NBC, ranking as the most-watched television program in U.S. history. Sunday night’s game will also be the Cardinals’ 100th game played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.
Calling Bengals-Cardinals are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.
Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from University of Phoenix Stadium. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Paul Burmeister will report from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on the Packers-Vikings game.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS AVERAGING 23.1 MILLION VIEWERS, BEST VIEWERSHIP TO DATE SINCE 1996
Through 10 weeks of the NFL season, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football is averaging 23.1 million viewers, which currently stands as the best NFL primetime viewership after 10 weeks since 1996 (ABC’s Monday Night Football; 23.4 million). Last Sunday night’s matchup between the Cardinals and Seahawks delivered 19.4 million average viewers, up 7% vs. last year’s Bears-Packers Week 10 contest (18.1 million).
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the eighth consecutive season, NBC Sports will live stream the entire Sunday Night Football schedule. NBC Sports’ “TV Everywhere” live streaming product, NBC Sports Live Extra, will stream all SNF games to desktops, tablets and connected TVs. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. (NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS: For the sixth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with key NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA: NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content and digital content from NBCSports.com, SNF All Access, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS: NBC Sports Group’s all-new Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the Sunday Night Football host cities. The bus will arrive in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus brings fans from the field to the studio set, featuring football field decaling on the floor, a welcome reel with the SNF production team looking back on 10 years of SNF, and replica of the Football Night in America studio available for fan photos, complete with a GIF photo booth which takes a series of pictures and compiles them into a sharable GIF. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus atNBCSports.com/FollowSNF.
“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:” For the fourth consecutive season NBC Sports will present the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. At the end of each SNF game, the ball will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around the “Player of the Game Sunday Night Football,” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, NBCSports.com/FollowSNF, and SNFAllAccess.com.
For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here.
TOM BRADY AND PATRIOTS’ COMEBACK WIN OVER GIANTS HIGHLIGHTS NEW EPISODE OF NFL TURNING POINT TONIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Tonight’s episode of NFL Turning Point, debuting at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, examines the New England Patriots win over the New York Giants and studies how QB Tom Brady orchestrated the team’s fourth-quarter comeback. In addition, the show shines a spotlight on Adrian Peterson’s record-tying sixth career 200-yard game; reviews the Carolina Panthers win over the Tennessee Titans; and examines the Cardinals’ passing game against the Seahawks.
Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the 30-minute long NFL Turning Point, co-produced by NFL Films, airs weekly throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.
Click here for more information on tonight’s episode.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS AT 6 P.M. ET
Two-time Super Bowl champion and veteran Football Night In America studio analyst Rodney Harrison joins co-hosts Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister every weekday throughout the 2015 season on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.
Pro Football Talk airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. The 30-minute Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.
Click here for more info on Pro Football Talk.
FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET
Now in its third season on NBCSN, Fantasy Football Live combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.
The 30-minute, multi-platform fantasy football program airs Tuesdays through Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN during the NFL regular season. Fantasy Football Live is hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs, and features a roster of NBC Sports, Rotoworld and Yahoo Sports fantasy analysts, including NBCSN’s Kay Adams, NBC Sports NFL analysts Brian Westbrook, Jon Ritchie and Ross Tucker, and Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2015 NFL season with daily coverage across more than 425 radio affiliates, highlighted by Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison; the Amani Toomer and Dan Schartzman Show; and Pro Football Talk Live, featuring NFL insider and Football Night In America commentator Mike Florio.
To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2015 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 50 million U.S. cable and satellite households.
2015 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2015 regular season.
2015 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|*Sun. Nov. 22||Week 11||Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals|
|**Thurs. Nov. 26||Week 12||Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Nov. 29||Week 12||New England Patriots at Denver Broncos|
|*Sun. Dec. 6||Week 13||Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 13||Week 14||Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 20||Week 15||Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers|
|*Sun. Dec. 27||Week 16||Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Jan. 3||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
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