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Cowboys-Packers most-watched divisional game ever

The Cowboys drew huge TV ratings all season and posted a 28.2 overnight rating in their divisional playoff game.
The Cowboys drew huge TV ratings all season and posted a 28.2 overnight rating in their divisional playoff game. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

The Cowboys saved the NFL’s ratings this season. The only downside for the television networks and the NFL is the Cowboys’ season has ended.

The Cowboys posted another huge rating, a 28.2 overnight for their 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. That’s better than for Game 7 of the World Series, which had an overnight rating of 25.2 and drew more than 40 million viewers, and Game 7 of the NBA Finals, which drew an 18.9 overnight rating.

Fox reported that 48.522 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals, making it the most-viewed divisional-round game in history. It is the most-watched telecast of any kind since last year’s Super Bowl.

The Cowboys had five of the six highest-rated games during the season, according to Sports Media watch, and averaged 23.7 million viewers the second half of the season, Bloomberg reported.

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Star Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel wraps up the Cowboys' season ending 34-31 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers (video by Mac Engel/Star-Telegram).

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