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The Thanksgiving divisional game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins has been announced as the most-watched regular season NFL game in FOX Sports history.

dallas cowboysAccording to FOX, 35.1 million people watched the game — a regular season NFL outing surpassed only by the Thanksgiving 1995 game, when 35.7 million tuned into watch the Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs play.

The Cowboys (along with the Detroit Lions) traditionally play on Thanksgiving Day, and usually deliver ratings, but this season is different. Headed up by rookie QB Dak Prescott and rounded out by veterans like Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Dez Bryant, and another impressive rookie, running back Ezekiel Elliott, the team is having a fairytale 10-1 season in which the words ‘Super Bowl’ are not missing from analysis. Their journey has the football-watching populace riveted: in terms of ratings, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that ‘America's Team’ has now been part of four of the five most-watched games of 2016.

The Cowboys play again this Thursday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings in a game NBC is counting on for a ratings bump. The team has provided a bright light amid waning ratings for Thursday Night Football. In fact, scattered suggestions have emerged in recent weeks that the NFL could pull the plug on the experiment. The current contract with CBS and NBC runs only through 2017.