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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Sun., Nov. 23-27) -- Cowboys run up score in one-point win

The Dallas Cowboys barely averted laying an egg on turkey day with a last-second, one-point win over another relative NFL weakling.

D-FW viewers savored the drama, with 1,354,820 watching the 20-19 trimming of the Dolphins on CBS. The final minutes also provided the game's ratings high of 1,510,624 viewers.

The overall Thanksgiving Day numbers are the highest for a Cowboys game since the narrow Oct. 16th loss to New England, which averaged 1,422,561 viewers. This season's record-holder is still Game 1 against the Jets, which drew 1,634,465 viewers for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

Earlier Thursday, the super-terrific Green Bay Packers (Uncle Barky's a Wisconsin native) remained unbeaten by vanquishing the Lions. The game averaged a very nice-sized 751,925 viewers on Fox. That night's battle of the Harbaugh brothers -- Baltimore vs. San Francisco on NFL Network -- attracted 162,578 viewers.

ABC's 90-minute Lady Gaga special on Thanksgiving night was strictly ratings goo with 88,063 viewers. That's just a small fraction of the 379,350 viewers who watched NBC's more traditional coverage of the Macy's holiday parade. CBS' competing parade play-by-play chipped in an additional 142,256 viewers.

On Sunday, ABC's latest adaptation of a Mitch Albom bestseller -- Have A Little Faith -- had small-fry returns with just 128,708 viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday Night Football reigned as usual, with 474,187 viewers for the Steelers-Chiefs matchup. Fox4's local 9 p.m. news and CBS' football-delayed lineup also outdrew Have A Little Faith.

Sunday's biggest overall attraction, the Patriots-Eagles game on CBS, averaged 589,347 viewers.

All four major local TV news providers took holidays knees on Wednesday through Friday, which means none of the numbers officially counted.

CBS11 SPORTS NOTE -- That new guy popping up on CBS11's sportscasts is Christian Steckel, who will be freelancing for the station until Gina Miller returns from maternity leave early next year. He previously worked for WAPT-TV, the ABC affiliate station in Jackson, Mississippi.