Sunday Night Football Ratings Increase in Week 8 as Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles Square Off

by Quentin Blount
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The Sunday Night Football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys saw a slight uptick in TV ratings from last week.

NBC’s coverage of the Eagles-Cowboys game saw 13.9 million viewers tune in. Ratings from the Week 8 match up ticked up just one-tenth from last week as the Eagles defeated the Cowboys 23-9. As with all live sports, those figures are subject to change when the final numbers come in.

With 13.9 million viewers, the viewer count from Week 8’s Sunday Night Football game is up from last week. In Week 7, the Seattle Seahawks played against the Arizona Cardinals. Similarly, that game attracted 13.8 million viewers. The slight uptick this week marks the second week in a row that Sunday Night Football ratings are on the rise. The series saw a five-game dip in ratings after seeing 19 million in week 1.

The dip in overall NFL ratings has been one of the biggest storylines of the 2020 season.

With that said, the NFL has had to compete with other marquee games in sports for viewers. The Week 6 Sunday Night Football game competed with Game 7 of Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.

Similarly, the Seahawks and Vikings game from two weeks ago was broadcast at the same time of Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.

However, Sunday Night Football doesn’t have to compete with the World Series and the NBA Finals anymore. As a result, the series should continue to see a boost in viewers.

Viewer Count for Sunday Night Football:

  • Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Week 8: 13.9 million
  • Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Week 7: 13.8 million
  • Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Week 6: 11.4 million
  • Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Week 5: 15.1 million
  • Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers Week 4: 15.1 million
  • Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Week 3: 16.6 million
  • New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Week 2: 17.7 million
  • Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Week 1: 19 million

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