Cowboys-Redskins is Most-Watched & Highest Rated NBC Regular-Season Primetime Game Ever

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January 3rd, 2013

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COWBOYS-REDSKINS IS MOST-WATCHED & HIGHEST-RATED NBC REGULAR-SEASON PRIMETIME GAME EVER

 

 

30.3 Million & 17.0 rating Top ALL NBC Regular-Season Primetime NFL Games

 

 

Cowboys-Redskins is Most-Watched and Highest-Rated NFL Game this Season

 

 

Most-Watched NFL Regular-Season Primetime Game in 16 Years

 

 

Highest-Rated NFL Regular-Season Primetime Game in 15 Years

 

 

NEW YORK – January 3, 2013 – The Cowboys-Redskins Sunday Night Football game on NBC is now the most-watched and highest-rated NFL regular-season primetime game ever on NBC, the most-watched NFL regular-season primetime game on any network in 16 years, and the highest-rated and most-watched NFL game this season, according to official national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

 

 

Sunday’s game on NBC, in which the Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 28-18, to win the NFC East in America’s game of the week, was seen by 30.3 million viewers, 10 percent higher than last year’s Week 17 game (Cowboys-Giants, 27.62 million), which was also a win-and-in game to determine the winner of the NFC East, and the previous most-watched NBC regular-season primetime NFL game. It also topped the 28.7 million for the Redskins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on Fox, which had been the most-watched NFL game on ANY network this season.

 

 

Other Viewership and Ratings Notes for Cowboys-Redskins:

 

 

Most-watched regular-season primetime game on ANY network in 16 years (Packers-Cowboys, 31.5 million, Nov. 18, 1996 on ABC).

 

 

 

Most-watched NFL primetime regular-season final game in 18 years (32.0 million for 49ers-Vikings, Dec. 26, 1994 on ABC).

 

 

 

Most-watched Cowboys-Redskins regular-season primetime game in 19 years (31.1 million on Sept. 6, 1993 on ABC).

 

 

 

The Cowboys-Redskins game received a 17.0 national household rating and a 27 share, up eight percent from last year’s Week 17 game (Cowboys-Giants, 15.7/25), making it the highest-rated Sunday Night Football broadcast ever.

 

 

 

The two highest-rated NFL games this season are Sunday’s Cowboys-Redskins game and the Sunday Night Football Week 1 game (Steelers-Broncos, 16.5/26).

 

 

 

Cowboys-Redskins game is most-watched television program on any network (not including the London Olympics) since the Academy Awards (39.3 million on Feb. 26, 2012).

 

 

MOST WATCHED NFL REGULAR-SEASON PRIMETIME GAMES ON NBC:

 

1.

30.3 million

Cowboys-Redskins

12/30/12 (Sunday Night’s Game)

 

2.

27.62 million

Cowboys-Giants

1/1/12 (2011 SNF Week 17)

 

3.

27.57 million

Steelers-Broncos

9/9/12 (2012 SNF Week 1)

 

4.

27.5 million

Vikings-Saints

9/9/10 (2010 Thursday Night Opener)*

 

5.

27.1 million

Saints-Packers

9/8/11 (2011 Thursday Night Opener)*

 

6.

25.8 million

Cowboys-Jets

9/11/11 (2011 SNF Week 1)

 

7.

25.73 million

Eagles-Cowboys

12/12/10 (2010 SNF Week 14)

 

8.

25.68 million

Vikings-Packers

10/24/10, (Favre Return to Lambeau II)

 

9.

25.3 million

Cowboys-Redskins

9/12/10 (2010 SNF Week 1)

 

10.

24.8 million

Giants-Cowboys

9/20/09 (Cowboys Stadium Debut)

 

 

 

 

* NFL Kickoff Games

 

 

HIGHEST-RATED NFL REGULAR-SEASON PRIMETIME GAMES ON NBC:

 

1. 17.0/27

Cowboys-Redskins, 12/30/12

 

T2. 16.5/28

Vikings-Saints, 9/9/10*

 

T2. 16.5/26

Steelers- Broncos, 9/9/12

 

4. 16.0/26

Saints-Packers, 9/8/11*

 

5. 15.7/25

Cowboys-Giants, 1/1/12

 

6. 15.4/25

Vikings-Packers, 10/24/10

 

7. 15.3/25

Cowboys-Jets, 9/11/11

 

8. 15.2/24

Eagles-Cowboys, 12/12/10

 

9. 15.1/25

Giants-Cowboys, 9/20/09

 

10. 15.0/25

Cowboys-Redskins, 9/12/10

 

 

 

 

* NFL Kickoff Games

 

 

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR COWBOYS-REDSKINS:

 

1. Washington D.C.

44.6/68

 

2. Richmond

42.8/60

 

3. Norfolk

37.1/53

 

4. Dallas

36.9/55

 

T5. San Antonio

28.4/44

 

T5. Austin

28.4/48

 

7. Albuquerque

27.6/41

 

8. Baltimore

23.9/35

 

T9. Greensboro

23.6/35

 

T9. New Orleans

23.6/32

 

 

 

 

 
  • Sam

    Looking at the most watched NFL regular season games, at least the Cowboys are ‘America’s team’ when it comes to the ratings.

  • jesse

    Yep they’re a ratings beast. Too bad they suck. 1 playoff win in what like 15 years? That’s like the bottom feeders like the Browns and Lions.

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