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Dallas Cowboys-Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores NBC's second-best national rating this season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) meet at midfield after a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) meet at midfield after a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.

The Bucs' 26-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys scored a 15.3 average national rating, the second-best overnight rating this season for NBC Sunday Night Football, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg market rating was 23.0, meaning 23 percent of the market's 1.86 million households watched the Bucs play on NBC's Sunday Night Football for only the second time in team history. That rating, good for sixth among 56 major markets, translates to approximately 428,000 homes.

In the major markets, only the previous week's Dallas-New York Giants game (16.5) scored higher on Sunday Night Football in 2016. The Bucs-Cowboys game was also the second-highest rated game in the Dallas-Fort Worth market this season, scoring a 40.6 compared to last week's Cowboys-Giants game (42.3).

Here's the top 5 markets for the Bucs-Cowboys game:

1. Dallas-Fort Worth (40.6)

2. San Antonio (27.7)

3. Austin, Texas (25.3)

4. Albuquerque, N..M., (24.6)

5. Richmond, Va. (23.3).

Dallas Cowboys-Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores NBC's second-best national rating this season 12/19/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2016 1:42pm]
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