From NBC Sports -
MIKE VICK & FIRST-PLACE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES HOST MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN A “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” FLEX GAME
COVERAGE BEGINS WITH “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” AT 7 PM ET
“He’s playing lights out.” – Dungy on Vick
“They showed me a lot of mental toughness against the Giants.” – Harrison on Eagles
NEW YORK – December 22, 2010 – MVP candidate Mike Vick leads the Philadelphia Eagles, who are in first place in the NFC East and coming off their remarkable comeback win over the New York Giants, against the Minnesota Vikings from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., in a “Sunday Night Football” flex game.
Calling Vikings-Eagles will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), who is in his 25th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 11-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who last year, his first in the SNF booth, won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst; and sideline reporter Andrea Kremer about whom TV Guide said is “one of TV’s best sports correspondents.”
Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET Sunday with Bob Costas, who won the outstanding studio host Emmy last year, hosting live from inside the stadium. Dan Patrick will co-host “Football Night” from NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach and Emmy-nominated Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Harrison, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., for the Giants-Packers game.
“Football Night” (7:30-8:15 pm) is averaging 8.4 million viewers through its first 15 weeks, its most ever for that time frame and up 14 percent vs. 2009’s 7.4 million viewers.
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DUNGY ON A POSSIBLE LETDOWN BY THE EAGLES: “As a coach, these are games you worry about. ‘Hey, we went to New York, big, big emotional game. We’re down. We won it. A game we had to win. Now we’re coming back and we’re home and we should win the game. Don’t relax guys. We have to come out and play with that same energy, that same fire.’ I’m sure that’s what Andy Reid is going to be talking about all week.”
HARRISON ON EAGLES LAST WEEK VS. GIANTS: “They showed me a lot of mental toughness against the Giants. Down three touchdowns, to be able to come back and overcome that adversity…their playmakers making plays all over the field…Mike Vick making plays with his legs and his arms. Andy Reid has to be proud.”
DUNGY ON VICK: “Vick was unbelievable in the second half against that pressure. All these different blitzes, he’s making people miss. He’s playing lights out.”
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REMAINING 2010 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Regular Season – “Football Night in America” begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET
Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 Vikings-Eagles (Flex Game)
Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA
FLEX GAME – WEEK 16: The National Football League announced that the Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles was selected to move to “Sunday Night Football” on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 26, as part of the NFL’s flexible scheduling.
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP NOTES: Through the first 15 weeks of the NFL season, “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 21.9 million viewers, 2.3 million more than last year through this point of the season (19.6 million).
SNF AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP THROUGH 15 WEEKS:
1. 2010, 21.9 million
2. 2009, 19.6 million
3. 2006, 17.4 million
4. 2008, 16.6 million
5. 2007, 16.1 million
The 15-week average household rating of 13.1/21 is 10-percent higher than last year’s 11.9/19 and 28 percent ahead of 2008 (10.2/16) through the same point in the season.
There have been 10 NBC primetime NFL game this season to surpass 20 million viewers, the most through 15 weeks in NBC’s five-year “Sunday Night Football” history. There are two games remaining.
NBC PRIMETIME GAMES WITH 20 MILLION OR MORE VIEWERS
(Through 15 weeks)
2010 – 10
2009 – 7
2008 – 2
2007 – 1
2006 – 2
DEFEATED ALL SUNDAY NIGHT COMPETITION: The “Sunday Night Football” broadcast defeated all Sunday Night competition for the 15th time in 15 weeks, on a night that included such competition as CBS's 60 Minutes, and the finale of Survivor, and “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3” on ABC.
SNF IS 15 FOR 15: With 24.2 million viewers, “Sunday Night Football” was the most-watched primetime show on Sunday night for the 15th straight week this season (100 percent). Last season, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).
NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: Sunday night’s game was the most-watched and highest-rated primetime program of the week and, for the 15th straight week, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 regularly-scheduled primetime broadcast of the week by a wide margin among Adults 18-49, the coveted advertiser demographic. SNF was also the No. 1 show this week among Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54, Men and Women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.
* For the week, “Sunday Night Football” had a 105-percent margin of victory over the No. 2 show in Adults 18-49 (8.6 for SNF vs. 4.2 for Two and a Half Men on CBS).
* Since the beginning of the primetime television season, “Sunday Night Football” stands as the most-watched primetime show on television and the No. 1 regularly scheduled primetime show in all key adult and male demos.