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

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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.

Comments (16)

  • High Ratings for the worst show on television.

    Comment by Series > Sports – December 31, 2012 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well there are 500 other channels for you to watch. No one forces you to watch football on one channel for 17 weeks out of a 52 week year. But the good news is these ratings ensure people like you have material to whine over for decades to come.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – December 31, 2012 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If my neighbors didn’t scream every time someone scores a touchdown I wouldn’t hate it.

        Comment by Series > Sports – December 31, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sorry about that, I love my team!! Hahahaha go Redskins!!!

          Comment by Aeol – December 31, 2012 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bet you were fat in high school.

      Comment by Kevin – December 31, 2012 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And I’ll bet you were a pretty large douchebag in high school. At least “fat” can’t always be helped.

        Comment by Michael – January 1, 2013 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boring! Go Niners!

    Comment by AmbidextrousAspie – December 31, 2012 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by freakinandpeakin – December 31, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • HTTR! GO ‘Skins! It was such a great game and the Redskins are such an exciting team to watch.

      Comment by Jessica – December 31, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad the ‘skins knocked out Romo! That being said, bring on the playoffs. GO PATRIOTS!

    Comment by Rebecca – December 31, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoa! Huge numbers, it was an entertaining game!

    Comment by b! – December 31, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Always fun watching Jerrah’s facelift collapse along with his QB in pressure situations.

    Comment by Pat D. – December 31, 2012 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.”

    Comment by It's Not Just The Game – December 31, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Staci – December 31, 2012 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – December 31, 2012 11:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by tvdiva – January 1, 2013 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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