TVWeek's Deputy Editor Chris Pursell is exploring the billion dollar business of sports media. Every week he will deliver the latest insights as well as a fresh perspective along with interviews with the biggest personalities in the business.

Email Chris Pursell




Week 11 NFL Broadcast Preview

November 15, 2007 4:12 PM

Fox, coming off a season-high 12.3/25 with 19.5 million viewers from Week 10’s double-header, returns with a double-header this week, featuring the Panthers/Packers and the Cowboys/Redskins.

Fox was aided last week by not only the Dallas/Giants game, which scored as the network’s highest rating for any program in any daypart since the “American Idol” finale in May, but also by shifting away from a Packers/Vikings blowout to the tight Eagles/Redskins match in the early game. Ratings jumped from a 7.4 to an 8.0 because of the move.

NFL ratings on Fox now are tied with the network’s best scores since 2000.

This week we see Fox surprisingly giving the Panthers/Packers game national prominence in the early game, with 42% of the country on deck, while the Giants/Lions game comes in at 32%, both the Buccaneers/Falcons contest and the Saints/Texans game will be in 7% (sorry Asim), while 5% will see the Cardinals/Bengals.

PressBox Map
NFL on Fox Week 11 Regional (Click image to view.)

In the afternoon, the Cowboys face the Redskins in nearly three-quarters of the nation, with Bears/Seahawks at 13% and Rams/49ers in 6%.

PressBox Map
NFL on Fox Week 11 National (Click image and go to page 2 to view.)

Here are the announcing lineups…

NYG @ DET       Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa
CAR @ GB       Dick Stockton/Brian Baldinger
ARI @ CIN        Sam Rosen/Tim Ryan
TB @ ATL       Ron Pitts/Tony Boselli
NO @ HOU       Chris Rose/Terry Donahue

WAS @ DAL       Joe Buck/Troy Aikman
CHI @ SEA       Matt Vasgersian/J.C. Pearson
STL @ SF       Chris Myers/Rod Woodson

CBS suffered a hangover from the much-hyped Colts/Patriots game, falling to an 8.8/20 with its single-game broadcast. This week also will feature single-game coverage by the network, with the afternoon broadcast of the Steelers against the Jets airing in 32% of the country at 4:05 p.m. Among the early games, the Chiefs/Colts event will take the lead in 25% of households, followed by Chargers/Jaguars in 19%, Raiders/Vikings in 12%, Browns/Ravens in mostly local markets with 7% and Dolphins/Eagles in 5%.

Here are the announcing teams:

CLE @ BAL       Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
KC @ IND       Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
OAK @ MIN       Dick Enberg/Randy Cross
MIA @ PHI       Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
SD @ JAX       Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

PIT @ NYJ       Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

“Sunday Night Football” on NBC saw last week’s game draw a 10.8/18, up over the network’s season average.

This week’s game will showcase this year’s big draw, the New England Patriots, against AFC East rival the Buffalo Bills in the first of two straight “SNF” appearances by the team.

This is the 95th regular-season meeting between the franchises, with the Patriots holding a 52-40-1 edge in the series, including wins in eight straight and 13 of the last 14 games.

Already broadcasters are looking at the Patriots as having a shot to run the table and go undefeated. The team is currently the 23rd in NFL history to start a season 9-0. Seventeen teams have gone 10-0, 11 went 11-0, five hit 12-0, four went 13-0 and only the Dolphins have finished the regular season 14-0.

“I think someone is going to beat the Patriots,” said NBC’s John Madden. “The decision is going to come at the end of the season when they clinched the playoffs and they clinched home field and everyone tends to rest their players. That's going to be a dilemma for them. Do you go for the all-time record or do you go for the championship? In my mind, you always go for the championship.”

The channel earned a 5.9/9 for the Seahawks blowout of the 49ers. This week will see the Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos in a likely more interesting game. One of the highlights leading up to the game will be from “Soundtracks,” which will cover the best audio between the Redskins and Cowboys in one of the game’s biggest rivalries.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Comments (1)


haha, you're off your freaking rocker, Chris, thanks for the shout-out, haha. I guess I'll have to resort to reading the live play-by-play on NFL.com again. Hopefully I won't need tissues this time around.

The Packer game might be a bit boring, so I hope that it and the Giant games end early so they jump over to the Saints. But the map says SD... that can't be good :(

Sunday Night is going to be a great game, especially if it's anything like the last time Buffalo was in primetime! :)

Post a comment