Cowboys-Patriots game draws massive TV ratings

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The Cowboys’ annual Thanksgiving Day game frequently ranks as the NFL’s most-watched regular-season game. But their game against the Bills on Thursday will have a hard time topping what the Cowboys-Patriots drew Sunday.

The game received a 19.5 overnight rating and a 40 share nationally. That’s tied for the highest rating for any regular-season NFL game on any network since 2007, according to Fox Sports.

It tied for the most-watched Fox broadcast since 1996.

The Patriots’ 13-9 victory over the the Cowboys was the most-watched event on television since the Academy Awards in February, according to Sports Media Watch. It was the most watched sporting event since the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Boston was the top-rated market for Sunday’s game with a 42.6 rating and 67 share. The game got a 32.5/62 in the Dallas market.

Unfortunately for the NFL, the teams will not meet again in the regular season for another four years.

72 responses to “Cowboys-Patriots game draws massive TV ratings

  1. Of course it did, it was only 1 of 2 games on yesterday. The other was only televised on Sunday ticket.

  2. The game had it all – two powerhouse teams, bad weather, hearing the cadences, etc. A big reason why attendance is down but ratings are up is the high television production quality in these broadcasts.

  3. It was not a good night for Dak. Tough conditions but he really struggled. TB12 actually played quite well given the circumstances (weather, no good receivers aside from Edelman. and a bunch of drops by said receivers on solid throws). Of course the narrative remains that he is struggling… what about Dak and the best offense in the NFL? What about Rodgers– yet another terrible effort in an away game?
    Tonight will be interesting. Huge game for Lamar and the 2nd place Ravens.

  4. I switched and watched the CFL Grey Cup. More entertaining, less penalty flags and no drama queens on the field. It was very refreshing…

  5. there is a game in the 425 window every week. the way i read this is that it was a higher rating than any sunday night game also.

    Dallas is the most loved/hated team in the country even if they haven’t been any good for 20 years.

    NE is the second most loved/hated.
    But another consideration is people are just tired of the patriots winning so much.

    I am not surprised at the rating.

  6. Cowboys always draw big ratings, throw in another great franchise like the Pats, Steelers or Packers and it skyrockets.

    Would have liked to see the #1 defense vs the #1 offense in better conditions though.

  7. elrock7 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    It was a snooze fest like every single Pats game has been this season.
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    That’s because winning has become routine. We live for February in New England while your guys are waiting to see if their name is called on NFL Honors

  8. That game, with tough defense, a blocked punt, all in inclement weather, was a throw back in an age of unlimited offense.

    The brilliance of Brady was the chess match, never exposing his team and taking advantage of two early short fields given to him by special teams and their defense. When it mattered, he hit Edelman on a 3rd and 20 for a first down to kill clock and gain field position.

    Belichick is right, stats are for losers and Brady’s is the NFL’s all-time greatest winner.

  9. Jerry Jones lost his cool because the Patriots, despite a league designed to prevent dynasties, have far surpassed what the Cowboys achieved in an age of virtually no star player movement.

    The Patriots are also closing the valuation gap because the Cowboys greatest is now a mirage, that can only be seen but not realized. Look at Redskins if you doubt great franchises can lose their essence.

  10. FootballSeasonRules says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    If you think the ratings were high in this game, imagine a Patriots vs. Cowboys super bowl.
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    Outside of Madden imagining is the only way you’ll see the Cowboys in the Super Bowl

  11. The Dallas Cowboys are the biggest needle-mover in American sports history. Rivaled at times only by the New York Yankees. To deny the evidence is to be a jealous 12 year old boy, which is what too many NFL fans are intellectually on par with.

    The Patriots are a draw only by winning so much. Boston is a great sports town, but is a baseball town. Football is life in Texas on all level of the sport.

  12. First off I am a Cowboys fan. Have been since 1960. Having said that it amazes me how much people still want to watch them. Imagine how it would be if they were to ever get good again. I think it goes back to Roger Staubach.He regularly led the Cowboys to many exciting comeback wins back in the days when that was not a several times a weeks event by otherwise lousy QB’s. Different rules make it easy nowadays. And I am not being a get off my lawn guy. Just stating facts. Rule changes have allowed mediocre even lousy QB’s to all have their moments. So they are nothing special. Now it is the rule rather than the exception to see both QB’s leading comebacks and all anybody remembers is officials calls deciding games.

    With the current regime in place I doubt they will ever be good again. But if they do it will be ratings gold. oesn’t matter if you watch them because you like them or hate them people DO watch them.

  13. Colts_RULE says:
    next life I come back as a PATS fan!
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    Just make sure you don’t pick the wrong decades

  14. I’m a football fan not a team fan. If there’s a game with two top teams, I’m going to watch it. My team sucks so I rather watch a better game. You can call me fairweather fan, pun intended. I just don’t care. I just want to watch top teams. I tune in to watch just about every Pats game because they’re always a top team. Does anyone honestly want to watch a Bengals/Redskins game?!

  15. I love handing out cookies to all of the haters… Eat up I’ll have plenty more after the Patriots win the AFC Division Title again this year, and I’ll be sure to have extra on hand after Superbowl number 7

  16. carloswlassiter says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    People love the Patriots. People hate the Patriots. But everyone, everywhere watches the Patriots.
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    No, not really. I didn’t watch the game. Had better things to do. I’m being very honest.

  17. No, not really. I didn’t watch the game. Had better things to do. I’m being very honest.
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    OK then… Thank you for stopping by and letting us know.

  18. People love the Patriots. People hate the Patriots. But everyone, everywhere watches the Patriots.
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    As a long-time Redskins’ fan, I was faced with rooting for the hated Cowboys over the loathesome pats. Thank goodness for the Jaguars at Titans and the Blue Bombers v Tiger-Cats – a pleasant late afternoon and evening of football!!

  19. chopblock70 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 11:52 pm
    SF vs Baltimore may have the potential to be the game of the season!

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    It could be a Super Bowl preview if these two teams can’t be taken down. They are the 2 best in the NFL at this moment. I hope they are peaking at the wrong time.

  20. So a near record crowd saw the refs call a phantom penalty to seal a game for the Patriots in Foxborough. Just another typical Sunday in Massachusetts so nobody is complaining. SMH

  21. heyguru1969 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm
    It rains. Neither team was prepared for the expectations, and I found myself switching to see other games despite the buildup.

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    Well there was only one other game and it was not widely televised unless you have Sunday ticket. Mist people watched from Red Zone because it jumped between them.

  22. imthatguyx2 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm
    carloswlassiter says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    People love the Patriots. People hate the Patriots. But everyone, everywhere watches the Patriots.
    +++
    No, not really. I didn’t watch the game. Had better things to do. I’m being very honest.

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    When a guy troubles himself to log in ant comment on a game you know darn well that guy cared about that game enough to watch it no matter what his comment might be trying to say.

  23. I am a cowboys fan since Don Meredith. The only reason I watch the Cowboys this year is with the hope the Cowboys loose. Sorry but true. I want Jason Garrettt gone. This team for the last two years has had super bowl talent. Garrett is squandering their window. Hope they loose the next 4 and Dallas says good bye to Garrett.

  24. imthatguyx2 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    No, not really. I didn’t watch the game. Had better things to do. I’m being very honest.
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    Waaaaay too busy to watch the game, plenty of time to come here and comment about it though. We appreciate your “honesty”.

  25. At least the NFL told the Cowboys that the phantom tripping penalty that cost them the game should not have been called.

  26. At least the NFL told the Cowboys that the phantom tripping penalty that cost them the game should not have been called.
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    When is the NFL going to admit framegate never should have been “called”?? That phantom cost them draft picks!
    FYI that phantom penalty did not cost them the game, LOL!

  27. FootballSeasonRules says:
    November 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    If you think the ratings were high in this game, imagine a Patriots vs. Cowboys super bowl.
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    We would have to imagine just a Cowboy’s Superbowl first

  28. Crazy theory: could it be that the massive ratings were influenced by the fact that the league schedule only two games for the afternoon docket. The national viewing audience had to choose one of the following:

    A) the Cowboys/Patriots matchup featuring two storied franchises with huge national fan bases, or
    B) a Jaguars/Titans matchup that appeals only to the Nashville and Jacksonville markets.

  29. No surprise. You have probably the 2nd most polarizing sports team of all time in the Cowboys (Yankees have to be number 1) against the most polarizing team of recent time in the Patriots. Love them or hate them people will watch polarizing teams–they’re good for business. It’s the reason that Duke Men’s BB, LA Lakers, Notre Dame football, Yankees Baseball are on National TV as often as the networks can get them on.

  30. endtimesparty says:
    November 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    That’s right. 2007 was also the year the 9-0 Manning led Colts hosted the 8-0 Patriots. Patriots came back from a 20-10 deficit late in the 4th to win 24-20.
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    Funny though, off the top of my head I thought the 2007 broadcast would be the final game vs. the Giants, when the Pats were going for 16-0 while Brady and Moss were chasing those two all-time records. Remember that Week 17 game; all 3 networks broadcast it. Can’t quite recall the reason why that happened.

  31. People love the Patriots. People hate the Patriots. But everyone, everywhere watches the Patriots.

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    Yeah ok but the Cowboys are America’s team.

  32. Uhm yeah, when you think about it, it is rather remarkable the Pats game did so well.

    I mean it was up against the Titans – Jaguars game over on CBS.

  33. Someone said: People love the Patriots. People hate the Patriots. But everyone, everywhere watches the Patriots.

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    Bob. Just Bob. replied: Yeah ok but the Cowboys are America’s team.

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    And while true, one has to wonder WHY?!?!?

    They haven’t been good since the mid NINETEEN NINETIES !!!

    There are people in their early twenties who have never even seen a great cowboys team.

    Yeah, they’ve made the playoffs 9 times in the last 23 years, wow, but 6 of the 9 were “1 and dones”. The other 3 were divisional round losses.

    The 2009 season they got THROTTLED by the Vikings, 34-3. The 2014 and 2018 seasons they were competitive in the playoffs, but still got bounced early. They haven’t been to a Conference Championship game since the 1995 season, let alone sniffed the SB.

    They simply don’t deserve the title “America’s Team” … at all

  34. jackedupboonie says: The Patriots arent squat without Brady
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    LOL. If they had kept Jimmy G and he played this year, The record would likely be the same, and the offense would probably be somewhat BETTER, just because Fimmy G is a lot more mobile, and with the makeshift line they’ve had this year, mobile would be better.

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