Cowboys-49ers wild card game delivers big ratings for CBS, Nickelodeon

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There may be some dispute about the Dallas Cowboys being "America's Team," but executives for networks that broadcast their games are happy no matter what nicknames they have historically been given.

CBS says Sunday's NFC wild card game between the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers averaged 41.496 million viewers across both CBS and Nickelodeon, making it the second-most watched television program on any network since Super Bowl 55, also broadcast on CBS.

It is also the most watched wild card game on any network in seven years, since more than 42 million saw the Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions in 2015.

The Cowboys have consistently been a ratings winner, no matter the opponent.

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws the ball as Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong closes in.
49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws the ball as Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong closes in.

Dallas also delivered big ratings on Thanksgiving, when nearly 41 million saw the Los Angeles Raiders beat them 36-33 in overtime.

More than 50 million viewers tuned in for the wild card game’s conclusion. San Francisco won the game 23-17 and moved on to face the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cowboys-49ers NFC wild card game drew big ratings for CBS, Nickelodeon