It was no secret the New England Patriots matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday was one of the most anticipated games of the 2019 NFL season.
In a sloppy, rain-soaked game, the Patriots defense dominated in a 13-9 game that lacked a whole lot of excitement on either end. Despite both teams boasting high-octane offenses, especially Dallas, there were just 22 combined points.
Regardless of the lack of offense, the game posted the best television ratings of the 2019 season thus far and tied the highest mark since 2007. It was also the most-watched NFL game since 1996.
The game garnered a 19.5/40 metered market rating, tying the mark set by the Patriots 2007 game against the Indianapolis Colts. During New England’s perfect season, the Colts gave New England a scare by taking a 20-10 lead with nine minutes to play before New England rattled off a comeback in a 24-20 victory to improve to 9-0.
New England and Dallas have dominated the ratings all season, so it’s no wonder they were able to reach such a high mark. The game registered a 42.6/67 metered market rating in the Boston area, another incredible figure for the game. It was also the most-watched television event since February.