NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' honored by Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio (AP) The Pro Football Hall of Fame has opened a display honoring NBC's ''Sunday Night Football'' for its record six consecutive seasons as the top-rated show in prime time.

The centerpiece of the display describes how the program debuted in September 2006 and soon became a huge TV hit. Five years after the series launch, SNF averaged more than 21 million viewers, becoming the first sports series to rank as the prime-time leader for a full TV season (2011-12). It has remained on top since.

''The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrates excellence everywhere,'' Hall of Fame President David Baker said. ''We are excited to recognize NBC `Sunday Night Football' for its tremendous presentation of our great game to more than 20 million Americans each week, and its record run as the No. 1 show in all of prime-time television.''

Among the items on display is the Sports Emmy for outstanding live sports series won by ''Sunday Night Football'' for the 2015 NFL season.

Also on view are:

-The spotting board for the 2015 Super Bowl won by New England over Seattle, which is the most-watched program in U.S. TV history (114.4 million viewers).

-Carrie Underwood's dress, shoes, and jewelry from the 2017 show opening.

-A highlight reel chronicling memorable moments in the history of the series.


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