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NFL Week # 11; CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, NFL Network; All talent, times and regional coverage

Networks' ratings continue to excel; CBS' late window biggie is New England at Philly, going to 93% of America

CBS has the doubleheader this week. Fox runs a single game. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have Sunday off. They work Thursday Night Football on Fox and the NFL Network.

Byes this week are Green Bay, NY Giants, Seattle and Tennessee. As such, the league has a 14 game weekend.

Networks coming off yet another good ratings week:

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Vikings-Cowboys) averaged a 12.9 rating and 22.99 million viewers over the weekend, marking the largest primetime audience for Week #10 since at least 1997.

ESPN did a 9.3 for the gripping overtime game on Monday night between Seattle and San Francisco. According to Sports Media Watch, ESPN’s Monday Night Football (Seahawks-49ers) averaged a 9.3 rating and 15.98 million viewers. It’s the network’s largest Week #10 audience on record. The previous high was 15.03 million for Philadelphia-Washington in 2010. ESPN’s Booger McFarland gets an A- calling SF-Seattle game; In his first season in the booth, he’s assertive!

Fox is touting its numbers. The network says that its America’s Game of the Week audience is up 8% this season.

Al Michaels celebrated his 75th birthday last Tuesday. He sounds fresh and sharp. As a gift, the scheduling Gods saw to it that his Sunday night game is near his home, Bears against Rams at the Coliseum.

Jake Baskin has a nice profile of the ubiquitous Kenny Albert below the schedule

WEEK 11 schedule:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns  (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon Prime

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman on Fox

Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer on Amazon Prime

100% of country on Fox, As of June, Amazon Prime had 105 million subscribers

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p CBS

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

73% of country/114 Markets, Greatest coverage of the regional telecasts in the 1p window, Dominant clearances from Arizona through the northwest and up and down the Pacific Coast, All of Texas headed Northeast into New England ; Markets like New York, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis,  New Orleans, Louisville and then some. Let’s not forget Honolulu where they’ll watch poolside with a cocktail, looking in on Baltimore where the weather is forecast to be cloudy and in the 40s

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers  1:00p FOX

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

8% of country/ 16 markets Highlights: Atlanta, Georgia into Chattanooga and blanketing the Carolinas

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions 1:00p FOX

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

51% of country/ 112 markets This is the regional biggie for the Foxies, Prevalent in the Midwest,  much of Texas, Southern California and east into Pennsylvania. Highlights: Dallas + 14 markets in Texas, not Houston. Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Nashville, Kansas City, Milwaukee

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts  1:00p CBS

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

7% of country/17 markets, Geography: Indiana, Eastern Illinois, Northern Florida, Northern Georgia

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins  1:00p CBS

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuletta

5% of country/ 12 Markets, Dotting Upstate NY, Erie, Pa. and  3  South Florida markets

Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings 1:00p CBS

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

17% of country/ 65 markets; Chicago west to Salt Lake City and down to New Mexico. Others include: Minneapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Detroit, Omaha. Does Warren Buffett wait to see which game the Omaha affiliate delivers or does he have The Ticket? Think he can afford it?

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers  1:00p FOX

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

8% of country/ 22 markets, Western Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi 

New York Jets at Washington Redskins  1:00p CBS

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

11% of country/ 9 markets New York, Albany, Washington and most of Virginia

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers  4:05p FOX

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

21%  of the country/29 markets; Pacific Coast (but not Southern California) plus 8 scattered markets elsewhere including, Miami, Denver, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Minneapolis

Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders  4:25p CBS

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

7% of country/16 markets,  Eight Northern California markets plus Las Vegas, Reno and Medford. In Bengals Nation which is small, Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington, Kentucky 

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25p CBS

jim Nantz, Tony Romo

93% of country/221 markets, Entire country but Cincinnati and a number of nearby markets, 8 in Northern California and others in the vicinity. Those exceptions get Cincinnati vs. Oakland

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams  8:20p NBC

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of America

Monday, November 18, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico) 8:15p ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland

100% of country. ESPN is in some 84 million homes


Jake Baskin’s piece on Kenny Albert:

Kenny Albert

Kenny Albert has the call of the Sunday early afternoon matchup on Fox between the Jets and Redskins. He’ll be alongside Super Bowl champion and 5-time Pro Bowl cornerback, Ronde Barber. Albert is in his 26th season as an NFL regular and has plenty of familiarity with both the New York and Washington media markets.

Albert, like his father Marv and uncles Steve and Al, has built his profile by calling every sport thrown at him. The 51-year-old calls New York Knicks games for MSG Network when Mike Breen has national commitments, works MLB broadcasts nationally for Fox, including a Division Series matchup four of the last five seasons and has recently picked up a high-profile boxing job as the voice of Fox’ Premier Boxing Champions series.

Albert’s favorite sport is hockey, the sport in which he has arguably had his greatest broadcasting success. He called his first NHL game filling in on New York Islanders radio in 1989, while still a student at NYU. After his college graduation in 1990, he landed an American Hockey League job in Baltimore, and two years later would move south to become the television voice of the Washington Capitals.

After his father left the New York Rangers’ radio job in 1995, Albert moved back to his home market, and has been the Rangers’ radio voice ever since. He also has called hockey on national networks, first with Fox in the late 1990s, and more recently with NBC, where he serves as the #2 NHL voice behind Doc Emrick. Since 2016, he has done the Stanley Cup Finals on radio for Westwood One.

Albert was one of Fox’ original hires for the NFL in 1994, when Fox made it a point to bring in younger announcers for its sports coverage. Currently in his sixth season on the network’s #3 team, after seven years in the #2 spot, his partners have included Ron Pitts, Anthony Munoz, Tim Green, Brian Baldinger, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa, and for the last three seasons, Barber.


David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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