NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Honored by Pro Football Hall of Fame for Record 6 Consecutive Seasons
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL was honored today by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its record six consecutive TV seasons as primetime television's #1 show. The SNF on-air team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya joined executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff at the debut of a new NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL display in the Interactive Exhibit Gallery at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrates excellence everywhere," said Hall of Fame President David Baker. "We are excited to recognize NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL for its tremendous presentation of our great game to more than 20 million Americans each week and its record run as the #1 show in all of primetime television."
In April 2005, NBC acquired SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL in a six-year agreement, announced by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. In December 2011, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a nine-year extension of NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL package, beginning in 2014 and running through the 2022 NFL season.
The centerpiece of the Hall of Fame display reads as follows:
In September 2006, NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL made its debut as the NFL's premier primetime package, with Al Michaels and John Madden in the broadcast booth and Andrea Kremer on the sideline. Over the years, the oft-honored, critically-acclaimed SNF series has been the home of many of the NFL's most memorable moments while becoming a TV ratings hit. Since the show began, it has been produced by Fred Gaudelli and directed by Drew Esocoff.
Five years after the series launch, NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL - featuring Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the booth and Michele Tafoya on the sideline - averaged more than 21 million viewers to become the first-ever sports series to rank as primetime TV's #1 show for a full TV season (2011-12). SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL has been TV's top primetime show every season since - a streak no other program can top.
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