26.5 million tune in for Cowboys-Giants

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Take America’s team, add America’s largest market, throw in some significant playoffs implications and a dash of snow, and sit back and wait for the audience to show up in the millions. Or in the tens of millions.

NBC has announced that an average audience of 26.5 million watched Sunday night’s game between the Cowboys and Giants. It’s the largest audience for a Week 14 game since 1989, when the 49ers and Rams played on a Monday night. The game also surpassed last year’s Patriots-Texans Week 14 Sunday night game by 26 percent.

The Cowboys-Giants game generated a record number of Sunday regular-season viewers online, with 1.2 million on average watching via NBCSports.com.

The Cowboys continue their stretch of five straight nationally-televised, stand-alone games in Week 15, with a home game against the Buccaneers. The Cowboys also host the Lions in the final Monday Night Football game of the season, on December 26. In Week 12, the Cowboys hosted Washington on Thanksgiving; for Week 13, Dallas visited Minnesota on Thursday Night Football.

28 responses to “26.5 million tune in for Cowboys-Giants

  1. It’s much more important to find out why when the Giants measured the Steelers footballs on 12/4/2016 the footballs were found to be at 11.4 & 11.8 PSI

    Those measurements are lower than the 12.50 PSI which is the lowest allowed PSI under the NFL rules. The integrity of the game is at stake here.

    Now would also be a good time for the NFL to publically release the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

  2. I watched but I just have an antenna on top of my house, the local NBC affiliate is about three miles away. Do I count in those numbers or am I rouge by not paying the obscene cable bills the rest of the nation pays?

  3. Hey, I thought the NFL wasn’t popular anymore? That’s sarcasm for those who didn’t pick it up yet.

  4. jackedupboonie says:
    Dec 12, 2016 6:01 PM
    Makes sense. Huge markets, both teams in playoff/Super Bowl hunt.

    Yep. It’s too bad there’s too many average to below-average teams in the NFL.

    Makes you start to question the college development. There has to be some explanation for a lack of talent now-a-days.

  5. Fraudger can point at this one while doing his best Baghdad Bob impersonation to say ‘see all is well’ with ratings but any idiot could have seen the ratings for this one coming. There are plenty of reasons it was guaranteed to be a ratings winner. Beyond the Cowboys following, Giants market size and playoff implications: There are 50M people living in the NFCE markets alone, given the opportunity of course we will watch 2 teams from the division play each other. Nationally there’s almost as many people that will gladly tune in to watch Dallas or NY lose as win. Other potential NFC playoff teams fans got the opportunity to watch 2 of their possible opponents. The game was as competitive as it was expected to be.

  6. derekgorgonstar says:
    Dec 12, 2016 6:21 PM
    America’s team. Whether you like it or not.

    Most of America liked the end result, so there’s that.

  7. waynefontesismyfather says:
    Dec 12, 2016 6:11 PM

    I watched but I just have an antenna on top of my house, the local NBC affiliate is about three miles away. Do I count in those numbers or am I rouge by not paying the obscene cable bills the rest of the nation pays?

    Only households that have a Nielsen Box count in the ratings.

    You might still be rouge, but I don’t know what you mean by that.

  8. And you know what else? They managed to finish the game inside three hours! Amazing job NBC!

    Given how close it was and all I’m amazed that the 30 second timeouts toward the end of the game didn’t turn into 5 minute commercial breaks

  9. The Dallas Rump Riders have a serious problem.

    They’ve been exposed.

    The entire NFL should know after the Redskins and Giants played this team that:

    1. The Rump Riders have no pass defense at all – especially deep;

    2. That the Danish Ham, Dak, is one of the most overrated players since the Great Gimmick in Washington – quite simply, this clown is incompetent – he cannot handle any rush and is so ineffective that he cost his team serious plays. This clown is only good when he has years to throw.

    3. Dallas is easily beaten – shut the run down and force the Danish ham to throw – he can’t handle any pressure and that Elliot clown cannot beat you by himself. Containing the rush takes away the fraud Dak’s only asset – his legs – and forces him into being worthless as a passer.

    Any team that plays this mirage of a team needs to put pressure on that Danish ham and hit him often; and Elliot can gain 100 yards and contribute nothing.

    Wake up, NFL – the Rumpo Riders are this year’s mirage team like the Carolina Paper Tigers were gutless and could only beat teams with losing records.

  10. “Dallas is easily beaten” – Yep, it’s happened twice now! In just a few months!

    Oh wait, that’s still less than every other team in the league. Might be a flaw in your theory there, hoss.

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