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.