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Losing record doesn’t stop fans from watching Cowboys on Monday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey celebrates his game-winning, 54-yard field goal with his teammates. The Cowboys beat Washington 19-16 on Bailey’s kick with nine seconds left in the game.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey celebrates his game-winning, 54-yard field goal with his teammates. The Cowboys beat Washington 19-16 on Bailey’s kick with nine seconds left in the game. AP

Love them or hate them. Winning or losing. The Dallas Cowboys always seem to draw an audience.

Despite a game between NFC East teams with losing records, more than 14 million viewers saw the Cowboys’ 19-16 win over Washington on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The game drew 14,151,000 million viewers nationally and an 8.7 U.S. household rating, according to Nielsen and ESPN. It was the top cable show Monday night despite the Cowboys (4-8) and Redskins (5-7) having losing records.

The game peaked from 10:30-10:45 p.m. with a 10.8 rating and 17,195,000 viewers.

There were two touchdowns scored, one by each team, and Dan Bailey’s game-winning, 54-yard field goal in the final 1 minute, 14 seconds. Bailey’s kick came with nine seconds left.

To no surprise, the Dallas-Fort Worth market had the highest rating at 11.1 on ESPN and a 17.0 on WFAA-ABC, for a combined 28.1 rating. In Washington D.C., the game delivered a 17.3 rating on ESPN and a 10.2 on WDCA-IND, for a combined 27.5 rating in the market.

Outside the markets of the two competing teams, San Antonio ranked fifth with a 15.8 rating.

The Cowboys, who play at Green Bay (8-4) Sunday, had only one appearance on MNF this season.

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