The New Orleans Saints Host the Dallas Cowboys Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

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The New Orleans Saints Host the Dallas Cowboys Tonight on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football” heads to New Orleans, La., when the first-place Dallas Cowboys face off against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Coverage begins with “Football Night In America” at 7 p.m. ET tonight, Oct. 4, on NBC.

This marks the third straight year the Cowboys-Saints matchup has been featured on “SNF.” The first-place Cowboys aim for their 11th consecutive road victory on Sunday, while the Saints look to re-establish their home dominance.

Calling Cowboys-Saints 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 the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 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, and NFL Insider Peter King. Kathryn Tappen will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on the Vikings-Broncos game.

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 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, 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.

“Sunday Night Football” Bus: NBC Sports Group’s all-new “Sunday Night Football” bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 “Sunday Night Football” games. 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

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” Averaging Nearly 26 Million Viewers – Best Start for NFL Primetime Package in 21 Years

Through the opening three weeks of the NFL season (four telecasts), NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” is averaging 25.6 million viewers – the best viewership for the NFL’s broadcast primetime package at this point in the season in more than two decades (25.9 million in 1994), according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company.

“SNF” viewership is up 10% from last year at this time (23.2 million viewers). “Sunday Night Football” is also averaging a 14.9/26 national household rating and a 9.5 rating in the Adult 18-49 demographic, up 10% and 7%, respectively from this point last season.

“Football Night in America” (7:30-8:15 p.m. ET), the most-watched studio show in sports, is averaging 10.9 million viewers – the best start in the show’s 10-season history and up 33% from last year at this point (8.2 million).


Source: Nielsen Media Research / 02/05/18 - 02/11/18
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