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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot -- special Cowboys edition

The Dallas Cowboys' division-clinching win over Philadelphia likewise made a very big bang in Sunday's FW Nielsen numbers.

The late afternoon/early evening game, which ran from 3:15 to 6:12 p.m. on Fox, roped in a gargantuan 1,744,079 viewers. In contrast, the preceding day's Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium -- Mississippi vs. Oklahoma State on Fox -- managed a smallish 352,888 viewers to rank as Saturday's most-watched attraction.

The mega-audience for Dallas' regular season closer barely topped this season's previous record of 1,737,293 viewers for the Sept. 20th unveiling of Jerry's Palace, in which the Giants beat the Cowboys 33-31 on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

In order of audience size, here are the crowds for this season's 16 Cowboys' regular season games. (Note: some previously posted totals have been revised to reflect Nielsen's yearly D-FW viewer estimates, which were updated earlier this fall. Each rating point now equals 67,863 viewers, an increase from the previous 66,430. All audience totals reflect actual game running times.)

Jan. 3: Philadelphia at Dallas on Fox -- 1,744,079 viewers
Sept. 20: New York Giants at Dallas on NBC -- 1,737,293 viewers
Nov. 8: Dallas at Philadelphia on NBC -- 1,649,071 viewers
Oct. 4: Dallas at Denver on Fox -- 1,472,627 viewers
Dec. 6: Dallas at New York Giants on Fox -- 1,445,482 viewers
Nov. 26: Oakland at Dallas on CBS -- 1,431,909 viewers
Dec. 27: Dallas at Washington on NBC -- 1,411,550 viewers
Nov. 15: Dallas at Green Bay on Fox -- 1,411,550 viewers
Oct. 25: Atlanta at Dallas on Fox -- 1,397,978 viewers
Dec. 19: Dallas at New Orleans on NFLNet/TXA21 -- 1,384,405 viewers
Sept. 28: Carolina at Dallas on ESPN/TXA21 -- 1,241,893 viewers
Dec. 13: San Diego at Dallas on CBS -- 1,214,748 viewers
Nov. 1: Seattle at Dallas on Fox -- 1,197,395 viewers
Oct. 11: Dallas at Kansas City on Fox -- 1,126,526 viewers
Nov. 22: Washington at Dallas on Fox -- 1,096,465 viewers
Sept. 13: Dallas at Tampa Bay on Fox -- 1,065,449 viewers

And there you have it, with Saturday's prime-time playoff rematch against Philadelphia on NBC a strong candidate to approach or top the 2 million mark.