NBC Receives Mixed Reviews For Use Of SkyCam As Primary Angle On "TNF"
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TWITTER REAX: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted, "Feel like I’m watching a video game... which is cool. Like it so far." ESPN's Damien Woody: "You’re literally getting to see how players are reading things with this camera angle." Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith: "I liked the SkyCam look at that Mariota overthrow interception. Also looked like Mariota might have been able to run for the first down." The Ringer's Michael Lombardi: "This camera angle allows you to determine what the QB must do on every play. Middle of the field open or closed." NBCSN's Ross Tucker: "Skycam makes it so much better to evaluate OL play. Very close to 'high end zone' which is only angle OL really watch." Cleveland-based WKRK-FM's Keith Britton: "Don't get me wrong, I like SkyCam view sprinkled in, but there's a reason we all enjoy watching games on TV like we're sitting at 50-yd line. No one's sitting there clamoring for an end zone seat when you can have 50-yd line view." Royals VP/Communications & Broadcasting Mike Swanson: "And the NFL thought their ratings were struggling before? I just dumped @nbc coverage of Steelers/Titans game two minutes in thanks to the entire thing done by sky cam. Guess it’s a good thing I’m not a Nielsen home." Denver-based KDCO-AM's Benjamin Allbright: "Early straw poll results: football guys love the skycam, casual fan prefers regular broadcast angle."
SECOND VERSE: NBC and NFL Net last night, in NBC's second "TNF" this year, drew a 9.4 overnight rating for the Steelers' 40-17 win over the Titans, up slightly from a 9.3 for Saints-Panthers in Week 11 last year. NBC's second "TNF" in '16 was Cowboys-Vikings in Week 13, which drew a 14.1 overnight for the best "TNF" figure on record. Titans-Steelers last night delivered NBC a primetime win among all nets. The game peaked at a 10.5 overnight from 9:30-10:00pm ET. Pittsburgh led all markets with a 36.7 local rating, followed by Nashville at a 22.3. Rounding out the top five were Richmond (14.7), New Orleans (13.6) and Norfolk (12.9) (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).