According to the Nielsen Company, here were the top 30 fall TV programs in 2012. The only spot not occupied by the NFL was the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s parade, at #23. At #1 and #2 were both Redskins-Cowboys games:
Part of those high ratings had to do with the fact that everybody is going to watch football on Thanksgiving regardless of the two teams involved, not to mention the stakes involved in the Week 17 matchup. But obviously, that Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, which was really only a HUGE deal to people over 35 years old, took a major upturn this season.
More ratings info from the NFL here.