The heightened interest in Sunday’s Presidential town hall figures to cut into viewership for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” coverage, which like most NFL ratings has been down early in the 2016 season.
But at least the network sports two of its more familiar and attractive draws in the Giants and Packers.
Since 2011, when “Sunday Night Football” started its streak as the most-watched prime-time show on television, the Packers and Giants rank second and fourth in appearances.
This will be the Packers’ 16th – behind only the Cowboys’ 19 – and the Giants’ 14th, tied for fourth with the Patriots behind the Cowboys, Packers and Steelers (15).
In the 15 “SNF” games he has played in since 2011, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers has 32 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 106.3.
In his 13 games, the Giants’ Eli Manning has 24 TD passes, 12 interceptions and a 94.8 rating.
Since NBC began airing Sunday night games in 2006, this will be the Giants’ 29th appearance, behind only the Cowboys’ 35. (The Giants have won two Super Bowls in that span; the Cowboys have won two playoff games.)