Although it went out under the banner of the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints game, which was played on Saturday, not Thursday, drew the biggest audience ever for the network's weekly centerpiece. With 10.5 million viewers tuning in, the game outdrew the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys game, which was watched by 10.1 million viewers on November 29, 2007 -- which was indeed a Thursday. The next Thursday Night Football game will be played this coming, er, Friday -- Christmas Day -- between the San Diego Chargers and the Tennessee Titans, marking the season finale for the cable network's series, which has averaged 5.4 million viewers this year -- up 57 percent over 2008.

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