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Giants’ Season Opener Wins in Ratings, But Not On the Field

It was a rare Wednesday night in the NFL. The season opener was switched to accommodate a national audience for President Obama’s Democratic National Convention acceptance speech.

The Giants began defense of their latest Super Bowl triumph, hosting the Cowboys. Although the G-Men fell short, 24-17, the NBC kickoff special was the week’s winner. The matchup had an estimated 2.1 million fans and a 10.6 rating, according to Nielsen. Gearing up for the game, the pre-game also registered big second place numbers with 1.9 million people tuned in and a 9.6 rating. The 30-minutes prior to kickoff landed in seventh place (922,000/4.7).

NBC also had a strong Sunday night start, as announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, went from Metlife Stadium to Invesco Field for Peyton Manning’s Denver debut. It came in third (1.4 million/7.5). The final portion of Sunday’s pre-game show was eighth for the week (887,000/4.5).

Fox also did well for Week One for its NFL coverage. The late-game spill over pulled in a number four (1.4 million/7.1), while the entire second half of the Fox double-header was sixth (1.1 million/5.7). More game cut-ins on Fox managed a number nine (682,000/3.5).

The week was not about football. The rain-delayed women’s final at the U.S. Open Sunday was tenth (649,000/3.3).

60 Minutes rounded out the Top 10 at number 5 (1.1 million/5.9).

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Jets Sunday Night Preseason Loss Tops Weekly Ratings

America got its first look at Tim Tebow in action for the Jets Sunday night. Curiosity also got the best of New Yorkers, making the NBC game, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth at the mic, number one. The matchup with Carolina drew an estimated 839,000 WNBC viewers with a 4.3 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Giants also performed well in the ratings, tuning up for the regular season. It was another case of  the national exposure, as the G-Men hosted the Bears on CBS. The sixth-rated show of the week had 526,000 fans and a 2.7 rating.

America’s Got Talent pulled in huge numbers again, placing second and third. The competition averaged approximately 670,000 viewers and a 3.5 rating.

The season finale of HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, was fourth (602,000/3.1), while CBS’ 60 Minutes grabbed fifth place (587,000/3.0).

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Al Michaels Ready to Watch Golfing Partner Tom Brady

Two years ago, Al Michaels was not getting ready to take a turn doing play-by-play for the Super Bowl. But he got to enjoy the next best thing, as he recalled this morning on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

Michaels teed off that 2010 Sunday morning  at 9:00 a.m. at the Bel-Air Country Club with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in LA to watch over the construction of a gargantuan new home, and Brady’s doctor, Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache. He mentioned to Brady at the time that he was going to be in Indianapolis in a couple of years to call Super Bowl XLVI, and playfully teased the athlete about his plans for that season.

Michaels also told Patrick he thinks Brady has the potential to become a very good golfer:

“He’s a range guy, basically,” Michaels said. “Before the game, he’s out there on the range, making sure everything is 100% perfect. How good is he? He could be a scratch golfer one day.”

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Al Michaels and Bob Costas Team Up Friday Night Mets/Giants Game on MLB Network, SNY

For the first time, sportscasting giants Bob Costas and Al Michaels team up to call a baseball game.

Friday night, NBC Sports colleagues Costas and Michaels will join forces in the booth for the New York Mets at the San Francisco Giants on the MLB Network at 10 p.m.

Costas is the cable network’s signature personality hosting interview show Studio 42, along with providing occasional play-by-play for Thursday Night Baseball.

As for Michaels, this ends a 16-year void away from announcing baseball.

With the game blacked out in local markets, Major League Baseball is making sure everyone a chance to watch this historic pairing. They will appear on SNY (and Comcast SportsNet Bay) during the evening, alternating with home team announcers on the MLB Network.

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  • TVNewser: President Obama is being interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America this Friday. We’re hoping she’ll ask him about the NFL lockout, because we’re starting to get nervous about that.
  • SportsNewser: Speaking of the NFL, Al Michaels says there will eventually be two teams in Los Angeles. We’re guessing both will attempt to bring Bo Jackson out of retirement.
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Bob Costas: L.A. Sucks

bob_costas_nbc.jpgFishbowlLA correspondent Dan Cox reports from the Television Critics Association tour:

The second Television Critics Association session that followed NBC Entertainment president Ben Silverman‘s coming out party was an assembly of ex-NFL players and broadcasters around NBC’s Sunday Night Football (formerly known as Monday Night Football), including broadcaster Bob Costas, announcer Al Michaels, announcer and former coach John Madden, announcer and former Cincinnati Bengal wide out Cris Collinsworth, former New York Giants star-turned-Today show Tiki Barber and Steelers star Jerome Bettis, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol as well as a handful of network execs. The subject of football (or lack of it) in L.A. came up after former Hollywood Reporter editor-in-chief Alex Ben Block blurted out: “When are we going to see football in L.A., the second biggest market for a sports team?”

Costas’ throat-clearing reply: “The L.A. market sucks.”

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