Checotah native Carrie Underwood makes her debut as thew new voice of primetime football on NBC’s first “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of the 2013 NFL season tonight as the Dallas Cowboys host their NFC East rival New York Giants. Coverage begins with “Football Night in America” at 6 p.m., with kickoff at about 7:20 p.m.
The opening theme will continue to play each week of the season to kick off “Sunday Night Football.” Below, check out the preview and behind-the-scenes video of Underwood belting the song.
The country music superstar told the Associated Press that she tried to make the “Sunday Night Football” theme song “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” her own as she took over as the voice of primetime football this year.
“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and marks Underwood’s first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-12, the song was performed by music superstar Faith Hill.
“We were definitely mindful — she had put her mark on it for so many years,” Underwood told the AP in a phone interview. “We definitely wanted to go in and make sure we switched gears a little bit and made it sound more like me. And changed up the look and the feel just so it wasn’t, you know, the same song with a different blondie up there singing it.”
In 2006, the inaugural season of “Sunday Night Football,” Pink performed the opening tune. But Underwood told the AP she didn’t go out of the way to make her version sound more country.
“I used my producer so there are going to be some elements that sound like me, of course, that’s what we wanted. But we weren’t like, “Hey, let’s use some fiddle,” or, “Hey, let’s use some steel guitar.” … We just wanted to make it me and make it fit the situation,” she told the AP.
For the second straight primetime television season in 2012-13, “Sunday Night Football” ranked as the most-watched (persons 2+) show, and the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54, as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, based on Nielsen live + same day data. Additionally, SNF was the No. 2 show among Women 18-34, and Women 18-49 based on Nielsen live + same day data.
See the full “Sunday Night Football” schedule after the break.
2013 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sun. Sept. 8 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 15 Week 2 San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 22 Week 3 Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Sept. 29 Week 4 New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Oct. 6 Week 5 Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Oct. 13 Week 6 Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Oct. 20 Week 7 Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Oct. 27 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sun. Nov. 3 Week 9 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Sun. Nov. 10 Week 10 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 17 Week 11 Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
*Sun. Nov. 24 Week 12 Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
**Thurs. Nov. 28 Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 1 Week 13 New York Giants at Washington Redskins
*Sun. Dec. 8 Week 14 Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Dec. 15 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 22 Week 16 New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 29 Week 17 TBA
** Thanksgiving Night Game