Primetime Ratings: Cowboys-Redskins Sets Ratings Mark for NBC's 'Sunday Night Football'

Highest overnight rating in seven-year history; best overall since 1997

The final game of the NFL's 2012 season, which saw the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins battle for the NFC East crown, set a new ratings mark for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

In time zone-adjusted metered-market results, NBC's coverage of the game delivered the highest overnights in the seven-year history of the network's Sunday Night Football package, with an 18.3 rating from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. The rating is the highest for any primetime regular-season game in 15 years (19.6 on Dec. 15, 1997 which was aired by ABC).

Final viewership and ratings numbers will be released Thursday.