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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Sun.-Mon, Dec. 29-30) -- Cowboys save best for last (ratings-wise)

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The Dallas Cowboys’ traditional 8-8, division-losing bow-out drew the largest D-FW television crowd of this season’s 16 regular season games.

NBC’s Dec. 29th Sunday Night Football showdown between Dallas and the Philadelphia Eagles, “flexed” away from Fox, ended up averaging 1,647,502 viewers. That outpointed the Cowboys-New York Giants Sept. 8th season-opener on SNF, which had reigned all year with 1,542,061 viewers. Both games originated from Jerry’s Palace, with Dallas winning a close one against New York (36-31) and losing a close one to Philadelphia (24-22).

With another unsatisfying season in the books, here are the top-to-bottom D-FW Nielsen numbers for all 16 Cowboys games:

Dec. 29th vs Philadelphia Eagles on NBC -- 1,647,502 viewers
Sept. 8th vs New York Giants on NBC -- 1,542,061
Oct. 13th vs Washington Redskins on NBC -- 1,540,982
Nov. 28th vs Oakland Raiders on CBS -- 1,455,767
Nov. 24th vs New York Giants on Fox -- 1,448,665
Nov. 20th vs. New Orleans Saints on NBC -- 1,327,943
Oct. 6th vs. Denver Broncos on CBS -- 1,299,538
Dec. 15th vs Green Bay Packers on Fox -- 1,164,613
Oct. 27th vs. Detroit Lions on Fox -- 1,150,411
Sept. 29th vs San Diego Chargers on Fox -- 1,093,600
Oct. 20th vs Philadelphia Eagles on Fox -- 1,058,094
Sept. 15th vs Kansas City Chiefs on Fox -- 1,011,977
Nov. 3rd vs Minnesota Vikings on Fox -- 1,050,992
Dec. 9th vs Chicago Bears on ESPN/KTXD -- 994,182
Dec. 22nd vs Washington Redskins on Fox -- 958,676
Sept. 22nd vs St. Louis Rams on Fox -- 943,135

Elsewhere on Sunday, Dec. 29th, the Green Bay Packers’ thrilling win over the Chicago Bears to win the NFC North division warmed up audiences with 731,434 viewers on Fox. The preceding Panthers-Falcons matchup on Fox drew 418,977 viewers while CBS’ competing Broncos-Raiders game had 227,242 viewers.

Monday featured three college football bowl games with Texas ties. All were on ESPN. The Armed Forces Bowl matchup between Navy and dirty, eye-gouging Middle Tennessee -- played at Amon G. Carter stadium in Fort Worth -- averaged a scant 28,405 viewers. It started at 10:45 a.m., with Navy winning 24-6.

The prime-time Alamo Bowl between Texas and Oregon bulked up to 269,949 viewers. It was Longhorns coach Mack Brown last game and he ended up on the short end of a 30-7 rout.

Texas Tech then beat Arizona State 37-23 in the late night Holiday Bowl. It averaged 213,039 viewers.

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