CBS’ Raiders-Cowboys Thanksgiving Matchup Is Most-Watched NFL Regular-Season Game Since 1993

That one also took place in Dallas

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We know what CBS is thankful for at the moment. Last week’s Thanksgiving Day football game, the Las Vegas Raiders vs. the Dallas Cowboys, is now the most-watched NFL regular-season game since 1993.

With final Nielsen figures in from last Thursday, Raiders-Cowboys scored an average audience of 37.844 million total viewers. That’s the most since the Miami Dolphins visited Dallas on Nov. 25, 1993, when the game averaged 38.406 million total viewers.

Raiders-Cowboys was a nail biter stuffed with plenty of offense. Ultimately, the Raiders won on the road in overtime, 36-33. Both quarterbacks, Derek Carr of the Raiders and Dak Prescott of the Cowboys, threw for more than 370 yards and no interceptions. Each QB had two wide receivers over 100 yards.

The Cowboys lost a close one back on Thanksgiving Day 1993 as well, when the Dolphins mounted a second-half comeback to win 16-14.

Pro football wasn’t the only telecast grabbing major eyeballs on the holiday. NBC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drew 21 million total viewers last week.

More to come…

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