This past weekend’s Sunday Night Football matchup on NBC and Peacock did not disappoint in excitement or ratings for the network. NBC announced that the game was the most-watched Sunday night game since Tom Brady’s return to New England in Week 4.
The Bears and Packers registered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 19.4 million viewers across NBC TV, Peacock, NBC Sports Digital, and NFL Digital platforms – up 10% from last year’s Week 14 SNF game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills.
The Average Minute Audience (AMA) for Sunday night’s live stream via Peacock, NBC Sports Digital platforms, NFL Digital platforms, Bears and Packers mobile properties, and Yahoo Sports mobile properties was 788,000 viewers – up 38% from last year’s game between the two teams.
For the season, Sunday Night Football is averaging a TAD of 19.2 million viewers – up 11% from last year at this time.
Viewership for their pregame show, Football Night in America is also up 16% to date this NFL season. With an average of 7.0 million viewers, NBC has been able to keep the show as the most watched studio show in sports.
Milwaukee led all metered markets Sunday night with a 47.1/69 rating – marking the highest Packers rating for an NBC Sunday night game in the market since the 2018 season opener (49.6/71 vs. Bears). The 27.0/47 rating in Chicago ranked second among all markets and is the best for a Bears SNF game since Week 11 in 2019 (28.9/46 at L.A. Rams).
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.