Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game tied the record for the best overnight rating in the five-year history of Sunday Night Football on NBC with a 16.5 overnight rating and a 25 share according to the data released by the Nielsen Company. That rating translates to approximately 19.1 million viewers nationwide. In Philadelphia, Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game generated a 38.4 rating and attracted almost 1.8 million viewers. Compared to other Eagles games this year, last night's game was the highest-rated and most-watched game of the season in the local market.
The Eagles-Cowboys game was the best overnight rating for a Sunday night or a Monday night primetime game since the Broncos played the Dolphins in 1998 (17.4 rating). The Eagles are involved in three of the top six Sunday Night Football telecasts including the Giants-Eagles battle from three weeks ago which registered a 15.9 overnight rating, good for fifth all-time.
The Eagles have been must-see television this year. Of the 10 most-watched television programs during the 2010 fall season, three of them involve the Eagles. The Eagles-Packers game in Week 1 was watched by 28 million people, which ranks second. The Eagles-Colts game on November 7 was witnessed by 27.8 million people, good for third on the list. The Eagles-Bears game is eighth on the list, having been watched by 26.6 million people.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:02 p.m., December 13