With the Thursday Night Football franchise being added to CBS’ lineup, some wonder if the broadcast network’s show will lead to NFL fatigue. But during a panel for NBC’s Sunday Night Football at the TCA summer press tour Monday, announcers and network heads didn’t think fan saturation was an issue.
“The thing about Thursday night that’s important to remember is Thursday Night Football has been on the air for a lot of seasons,” said on-air host Al Michaels. “It’s the case in every sport. How much is too much? Right now it’s not too much.”
Michaels was joined on stage for the discussion by Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group; SNF coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli; and on-air talent Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
“It doesn’t materially change the amount of exposure,” said Lazarus. “Adding another night down the line I think is a fair question.”
But the network does expect a ratings boost this season since it’s the net’s turn to air the Super Bowl.
“To know that we’re all working toward what’s going to be a fantastic finale to the season is it just makes every contest along the way that much more fine,” said Tafoya.