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Cowboys-Giants generates record audience for Sunday Night Football

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Even though the Cowboys and Giants each carried records of 8-7 into Sunday night’s game at MetLife Stadium, it presented a playoff-style win-and-in proposition for both teams — and as a result it racked up a huge rating.

According to NBC Sports P.R., more than 27.6 million tuned in for the game, making it the most-watched regular-season prime-time game in 15 years.  It also was the highest-rated prime-time NFL game on NBC ever, and the final numbers make Sunday Night Football the No. 1 show on TV.

Of the 18 games televised by NBC, 13 enjoyed audiences of 20 million or more.

With Sunday Night Football remaining on broadcast TV until at least 2022, look for those numbers to continue to grow.

The season continues with Bengals-Texans on Saturday afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET) and Lions-Saints on Saturday night (8:00 p.m. ET).  Three weeks later comes the Pro Bowl, followed by a little something known as the Super Bowl, on February 5.

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10 Responses to “Cowboys-Giants generates record audience for Sunday Night Football”
  1. jessethegreat says: Jan 4, 2012 1:57 PM

    Everyone tuned in so they could see the Cowboys blow another opportunity at the playoffs

  2. cakemixa says: Jan 4, 2012 1:58 PM

    America LOVES to watch the Cowboys choke!

  3. regelswritings says: Jan 4, 2012 2:03 PM

    two teams playing to have a winning record… how cute

  4. salmen76 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:14 PM

    Too funny! Look how far the cowgirls have fallen. They used to be a competitive relevant team that made the playoffs and won Super Bowls. Now they have to resort to being happy about having large viewer ratings because now they seldom even make the playoffs much less win one. I love it! Jerry Jones please remain the cowgirls GM forever so no other teams have to worry about the cowgirls ever being competitivly relevant ever again! Ha Ha! Geaux Saints! This is OUR time!

  5. formervikingfan says: Jan 4, 2012 3:39 PM

    It seems that everybody showed up to the game..everybody that is except the Cowboys!

  6. rkwhite321 says: Jan 4, 2012 4:08 PM

    People want to know why the Cowboys are America’s team? This is why. America watches them no matter their record.

  7. kevinfromphilly says: Jan 4, 2012 4:11 PM

    How many stayed to the end? It was a pretty boring game by half time.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Jan 4, 2012 5:54 PM

    Too bad the CowBabies didn’t show up.

  9. cometkazie says: Jan 4, 2012 7:09 PM

    rkwhite321 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 4:08 PM

    People want to know why the Cowboys are America’s team? This is why. America watches them no matter their record.
    +=+=+=+

    The CowBoys were America’s team until they became Jerrah’s team.

    Simple

  10. childressrulz says: Jan 4, 2012 7:33 PM

    The game sucked. It was boring. The only good thing is the Cowpies lost.

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