Cowboys vs Giants Sets New Sunday Night Football Record

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Eli Manning vs Tony Romo

Eli Manning vs Tony Romo - Photo Courtesy of NBC

The January 1, 2012 match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants scored the best overnight ratings in the six year history of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In addition, the game posted the best overnight ratings for any Sunday/Monday primetime game in 13 years as it led NBC to a win in the January 1st ratings game.
 
According to The Nielsen Company, viewership was up over last year’s week 17 game (Rams vs Seahawks), as 36% more TV viewers tuned in to see the New York Giants beat the Cowboys 31-14 to win the NFC East.
 
TOP 10 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL OVERNIGHT RATING/SHARE EVER:
 
*Sunday’s only
 
1. 1/1/12, Cowboys-Giants 17.1/27 (Last Night’s Game)
2. 9/11/11, Cowboys-Jets 16.9/27 (2011 SNF Week 1)
T3. 9/20/09, Giants-Cowboys 16.5/27 (Dallas Cowboys Stadium Debut)
T3. 12/12/10, Eagles-Cowboys 16.5/25 (2010 SNF Week 14)
5. 9/12/10, Cowboys-Redskins 16.4/26 (2010 SNF Opener)
6. 12/11/11, Giants-Cowboys 16.1/25 (2011 SNF Opener)
7. 10/24/10, Vikings/Packers 16.0/25 (Favre’s Return to Lambeau II)
8. 11/21/10, Giants-Eagles 15.9/24 (2010 SNF Week 11)
9. 9/18/11, Eagles-Falcons 15.7/25 (2011 SNF Week 2)
10. 11/25/07, Eagles-Patriots 15.6/24 (2007 SNF Week 12)
 
*9/9/10, Vikings-Saints, 17.7/28 (2010 Thursday Night Opener)
*9/8/11, Saints-Packers, 17.2/28 (2011 Thursday Night Opener)
 
Source: NBC – January 2, 2012
 

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