or


[04/18/05 - 12:00 AM]
NFL Returns to Nbc

[via press release from NBC]

NFL RETURNS TO NBC

NBC to Be Home of NFL "Sunday Night Football" Through 2011 Plus Super Bowls in 2009 & 2012

NEW YORK -- April 18, 2005 -- General Electric, NBC Universal and the National Football League today announced that NBC will become the exclusive home of "Sunday Night Football," the NFL's primetime network television package. The six-year deal, which includes innovative flexible scheduling, begins with the 2006 season, continues through 2011 and includes Super Bowls in 2009 and 2012 and Pro Bowls in the same years. The deal also includes a unique GE association with the NFL in the healthcare technology, security equipment, electrical products (including lighting) and financial services categories. The announcement was made today by Bob Wright, Vice Chairman, GE and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal.

"Our NFL agreement carries with it not only the total commitment of NBC Universal, but also of GE. Similar to the Olympic agreement we entered into two years ago, this GE-style sports deal is an innovative partnership with considerable upside for the NFL, GE and NBC Universal.

"Content is king at NBC Universal and NFL programming represents the very best in strong and consistently well-performing content. We are thrilled to be re-igniting our partnership with the NFL and joining with them in moving the 36-year American institution of Monday Night Football to Sunday Nights."

Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Universal Television Group, said: "Sunday is the most-watched night in television, so when the NFL proposed its first ever Sunday primetime broadcast package, all of us wanted to find a way to make it work. We acquired a Top-10 show without negatively impacting our Monday through Saturday dominance in late night and we did it with four hours in prime, as opposed to the traditional two hours on Monday nights. This is an incredible opportunity for both the NFL and NBC."

Randy Falco, President, NBC Universal Television Networks Group, said: "This will be a profitable agreement for us. We have said consistently since 1998 that we would love to be in business with the NFL, but only at the right price. Now the price is right. Bringing the power of the NFL back to NBC is great news for our viewers, our stations and our advertisers."

Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said: "For decades, football fans and media have demanded the primetime package be made flexible so the best match-ups would be available to the largest audience in primetime. To their great credit, the NFL has responded with an innovative plan to meet that demand over the last seven weeks of each season of NBC's 'Sunday Night Football.'

"The move from Monday to Sunday will not only mean schedule flexibility but also four hours of the NFL in primetime as opposed to just two. 'Sunday Night Football' will also have the added advantage of kicking off an hour earlier on television's most watched night."

For each of the six seasons, NBC will kickoff the NFL regular season with a Thursday night primetime game. The first regular season game of the new agreement, NBC's "NFL Kickoff 2006," will launch the 2006 NFL regular season on Thursday Sept. 7, 2006 in primetime.

The agreement calls for 16 regular season "Sunday Night Football" games, each season's "NFL Kickoff" Thursday night primetime game, two postseason Wild Card games and three preseason games in primetime. NBC will also broadcast Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 and XLVI in 2012 and Pro Bowls in the same years.

Under the new agreement, the NFL will provide flexible game scheduling over the final seven weeks of the regular season. The flexible game selection, offered for the first time by the NFL, will ensure marquee match-ups over the final seven weeks of the season when many teams' playoff chances are at stake.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" will broadcast an NFL pre-game show from 7-8 p.m. ET followed by the kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both the game and pre-game will be aired in high definition.

The agreement provides GE with the opportunity to associate with the NFL in healthcare technology, security equipment, electrical products (including lighting) and financial services categories. GE Commercial Finance has an existing relationship with the NFL. Mark Lewis, NBC's vice president of GE Olympic Sponsorship, who is charged with the implementation of GE's Olympic sponsorship through the IOC's TOP (The Olympic Partners) program, will be heavily involved in implementing the GE association with the NFL.

The GE agreement also has an international component and will include international NFL preseason games, particularly in China.

"Monday Night Football" was the second-longest running show on broadcast television (2005 will be its 36th and final year, behind CBS's "60 Minutes," 38 years). "Monday Night Football" has been a Top 10 show (HH) every year since 1992 during the NFL season and prior to the advent of the blockbuster hit "Desperate Housewives," it was ABC's No. 1 show (HH) for each of the previous three years.

NBC's long history with the NFL dates back 66 years to 1939 when NBC became the first network to televise an NFL game ? Philadelphia Eagles vs. Brooklyn Dodgers game from Ebbets Field to the approximately 1,000 sets then in New York. NBC first broadcast the NFL Championship Game in 1955. In 1964, NBC signed a five-year contract to televise the AFL. NBC was awarded the AFC package in 1970, an association that would continue through the 1997-98 season. NBC televised the first Super Bowl in 1967, Super Bowl III between the Baltimore Colts and New York Jets, which led to the merger of the AFL and NFL, and has broadcast three of the most five watched Super Bowls in history.





  [april 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 60 MINUTES (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)
· SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)





[01/21/19 - 08:28 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: AFC Championship Posts Monster Numbers for CBS
Nearly 48 million viewers tune into the Eye's primetime portion of the game.

[01/20/19 - 08:31 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Gets Boost from NBA Coverage
The Alphabet's weekly franchise puts the network on top among adults 18-49.

[01/19/19 - 08:39 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, CBS & FOX Split Adults 18-49 Crown
CBS however remains the most-watched network overall on Friday.

[01/18/19 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 18
Updates include: Hulu cancels Sean Penn-led "The First"; NBC orders two single-camera comedy pilots; and Ashley Thomas, Rick Gomez bound for ABC's "NYPD Blue" sequel series.

[01/18/19 - 05:27 PM]
CBS to Double Up on "Fam" This Coming Thursday, January 24
Look for original episodes at both 8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c.

[01/18/19 - 02:51 PM]
Aubrey Plaza Hosts the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards
The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, February 23.

[01/18/19 - 12:28 PM]
New Entertainment Network Cleo TV Debuts on Saturday, January 19 with Aspirational Lifestyle Programming for Millennial Women of Color
As previously announced, Cleo TV will be broadly distributed on Comcast Xfinity.

[01/18/19 - 11:09 AM]
Watch Season 1 of "Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*" for Free on YouTube Until February 13, 2019
Said stunt is in anticipation of the show's second season launch on January 30.

[01/18/19 - 11:00 AM]
"Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" Returns with Multiplatform Coverage
"Celebrity Big Brother After Dark" premieres on Pop on Tuesday, January 22 (12:00-3:00 AM, ET/PT) with continuous live, late night coverage seven nights a week leading into the finale.

[01/18/19 - 10:56 AM]
All-New "Unsolved Mysteries" Coming to Netflix as a Global Original Documentary Series
This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series.

[01/18/19 - 10:50 AM]
Video: Trailer - Hulu Original Comedy "PEN15"
All 10 episodes will premiere Friday, February 8, only on Hulu.

[01/18/19 - 10:43 AM]
First Look of Nicole Maines as the DC Character "Dreamer"
The costume will be first glimpsed on the January 27 episode of "Supergirl."

[01/18/19 - 10:02 AM]
History to Premiere Eight-Part Event "Jesus: His Life" on Monday, March 25
Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus' life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.

[01/18/19 - 09:16 AM]
Video: New Trailer Released - truTV Season 2 of "At Home with Amy Sedaris"
This season, Sedaris welcomes an impressive list of guest stars, including: Rose Byrne, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Gillian Jacobs, Juliette Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon and more!

[01/18/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with ABC
The Alphabet's "A Million Little Things" gets a boost behind "Grey's Anatomy" on its new night.