It was a great year for the Dallas Cowboys, in terms of ratings, anyway.
Maybe because the Cowboys always draw big ratings, and possibly because a lot of the people who watch NFL games like nothing more than to see Jerry Jones’s boys lose—and they did a lot of that this year—the team participated in each of the three highest-rated games of the 2015 regular season.
In the third spot, with 28.9 million average viewers, was the December 13 loss to the Packers, a 28-7 beating in Green Bay. In second with 29.4 million average viewers was the November 1 matchup with the Seahawks, the game Dez Bryant returned from his broken foot for the first time, and a 13-12 loss for the Cowboys.
The highest-rated game of the season was the Thanksgiving Day game between the Cowboys and Panthers at AT&T Stadium, perhaps the ugliest of all the ugly days in 2015 for Dallas fans. That game was a 33-14 beating but, even worse than that, it was the day Tony Romo was lost for good, with a second collarbone fracture in a span of about two and a half months.
Of course, the ratings were good all over for the NFL. In fact, from September 10 of last year on, each of the 25 highest rating programs of the year were NFL games.