Ratings: Overnights for SNF's Cowboys-Redskins Clash Mark a 15-Year High

Ratings: Redskins Beat CowboysAs the Washington Redskins hogtied the Dallas Cowboys to claim their first NFC East title since 1999, the ratings for the Sunday Night Football showdown marked big milestones as well.

SNF‘s Season 26 closer delivered the highest overnights in the seven-year history of the NBC football franchise, with an 18.3 rating and 30 share in metered-market households.

What’s more, NBC reports, that 18.3 represents the best metered-market household rating for any primetime regular-season NFL game on any network in 15 years (since a December 1997 clash between the Broncos and 49ers, which did a 19.6 for ABC) and the best overnight for a Cowboys-Redskins primetime matchup in 19 years (since September ’93).

At the Redskins’ home base, the contest netted a 44.6, the highest regular-season NFL rating for the D.C. market in Nielsen People Meter history, since September 1987. Dallas placed fourth amongst all markets (behind Richmond and Norfolk), drawing a 36.9.

Due to the nature of live sporting events, Sunday Night Football‘s total viewership (which looks to be well north of 26 million) and 18-49 demo rating won’t be reportable until later today.

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  1. Series > Sports says:

    High Ratings for the worst show on television.

  2. AmbidextrousAspie says:

    Boring! Go Niners!


  4. Rebecca says:

    Glad the ‘skins knocked out Romo! That being said, bring on the playoffs. GO PATRIOTS!

  5. b! says:

    Whoa! Huge numbers, it was an entertaining game!

  6. Pat D. says:

    Always fun watching Jerrah’s facelift collapse along with his QB in pressure situations.

  7. It's Not Just The Game says:

    I think Al and Cris need to be given some credit for the ratings, too. ESPN should do everything that they can to get them for their MNF team. It is almost criminal how ESPN has tarnished the icon that is MNF by using B/C level announcing teams. As Faith sings, “Al and Cris are the best.”

  8. Staci says:

    Cowboys just suck and so does tony romo and Jerry jones tony romo is so dumb he couldn’t win a playoff game if his life depended in it and Jerry jones is going senile if he thinks the cowboys will ever go to the super bowl cowboys are LOSERS

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Will never go to the Superbowl? Are you retarded? They have 5 rings and won three of them with Jerry. Romo isn’t the problem either. That would be the massive number of injuries this season. They were playing with backups of backups from the practice squad. At least try to make an argument that makes sense.

  9. tvdiva says:

    This was a sit on the edge of your seat and do not move kinda game. First time the Redskins made it to the playoffs since 1999. I am a native Washingtonian so I have been a Redskins fan since the early 1970s. It would be fantastic to go to the title games and win another super bowl game.