A regular-season NFL-record 42 million people watched Cowboys-Giants game

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The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET, annually draws the most television viewers for a regular-season game. They did it again Thursday in record fashion.

The Cowboys’ 28-20 victory over the Giants drew 42 million viewers, according to Fox. That makes it the most-watched regular-season game on any network in history.

It broke the previous regular-season mark of 41.474 million viewers for the 1990 49ers-Giants game.

The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game in 2021 nearly set the record with 40.802 million viewers, according to the NFL’s Record Fact Book. That was the most-watched regular-season game of last season.

Fox did not announce the rating and share except for the New York market (11.2/38) and the DFW market (24.5/69).

CBS announced that the Bills-Lions was the most-watched early Thanksgiving Day game of any network on record. That game, which kicked off at 12:30 p.m. ET, averaged 31.627 million viewers, peaking at 41.981 million viewers.

24 responses to “A regular-season NFL-record 42 million people watched Cowboys-Giants game

  1. Headline should read:
    A record 42 million people fell asleep with the Cowboys Giants game on in the background.

  2. I didn’t watch it in fact everybody I know didn’t watch it so where do these numbers come all the time

  3. They lie about their ratings so that they could have an excuse to keep putting them on prime time

  4. steelersbandwagon says:
    November 25, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Headline should read:
    A record 42 million people fell asleep with the Cowboys Giants game on in the background.

    3 long-drive consecutive touchdowns by the Cowboys in the 2nd half not enough to keep you awake? I would think that after watching the Steelers you would have appreciated real football.

  5. This was a surprisingly good game. On the “record”, my (limited) understanding is that the streaming viewers weren’t always a part of these numbers, but that they now generally are.

  6. It was the only game on while everyone in America was looking for an excuse to not have to talk to their relatives.

  7. People can deny all day long that the Cowboy’s are America’s team, the networks year in and year out beg to differ

  8. Cowboys fans haven’t figured it out yet that most of us watch while rooting against their team.

  9. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    Cowboys fans haven’t figured it out yet that most of us watch while rooting against their team.

    Yet you still watch haha and here lately y’all get severely disappointed.

  10. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    November 25, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    Cowboys fans haven’t figured it out yet that most of us watch while rooting against their team.
    ________________________

    Cowboys fans know very well that if you’re not a Cowboys fan, you hate them.

  11. You guys are so jaded.
    I watched and enjoyed it and I’m not a fan of either team.

    Go Ravens.

  12. FIXED HEADLINE:

    All The Lying Folks Who Claimed They Were Leaving the “Woke” NFL Came Back.

  13. If you’re house is like mine, the game was playing on our TV but we weren’t paying much attention to it. It was dinner time!!!

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