With No. 1 Notre Dame concluding its 2012 regular season with a perfect 12-0 record and heading to the BCS National Championship, NBC Sports Network is kicking off the New Year with 10 hours of Notre Dame Football programming beginning at noon ET on Tues., Jan. 1, 2013.
NBC Sports will re-air the team's Sept. 22, 13-6 win against rival Michigan, followed by an encore showing of Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field, a special NFL Films-produced behind-the-scenes look at Notre Dame Football. Onward, which debuted in Oct., features the Fighting Irish and head coach Brian Kelly as they prepare to face Miami at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, a game they eventually won, 41-3.
At 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network presents Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime victory over Stanford, followed by the team's triple overtime 29-26 victory over Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. ET. Coverage continues with the Fighting Irish's 38-0 shutout win over Wake Forest on Senior Day at 7 p.m. ET, and the day concludes with an encore showing of Undefeated: 2012 Notre Dame Football Season in Review, a look back at the Fighting Irish's magical season and look ahead to the team's upcoming appearance in the BCS title game. Undefeated premiers on NBC on Sat., Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. ET.
Notre Dame Football on NBC scored its most-watched season in seven years. The Fighting Irish averaged 4.4 million viewers and a 2.8 household rating for their seven games on NBC, up 69% and 67%, respectively, versus last year (2.6 million viewers and a 1.7 household rating). The 4.4 million average viewers this year is the best for Notre Dame Football on NBC since 2005 (5.2 million), while the 2.8 rating is the best since 2006 (3.0).