By Mary Cunningham
It seems the hype about the NFL TV ratings problem was just that!
Fox announced that the Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day was the most-watched regular-season game in the network’s history:
The NFC East grudge match averaged 35.1 million viewers.
In comparison, the World Series Game 7 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians registered 40 million viewers; the NBA Finals Game 7 pitting the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors brought in 30.8.
Of course, the strong ratings for the Week 12 matchup were buoyed by the holiday and two of the league’s marquee franchises, but there had been concern about declining ratings.
The presidential election had been among the factors contributing in the downward trajectory in viewership, so it will be interesting to see if the Cowboys-Redskins ratings bonanza carries into Sunday.
Fox has been televising NFL games since 1994.