Patriots-Steelers was the highest-rated NFL game of the season

Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-18: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady howls in disgust after New England failed to convert on a second quarter third down play, forcing a punt. OL Marcus Cannon is behind him. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in a regular season NFL football game at Heinz Field.  (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady howls in disgust after New England failed to convert on a third-down play, forcing a punt. OL Marcus Cannon is behind him. –Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

The Patriots didn’t get the outcome they wanted in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Steelers. But the network that showed the game certainly did.

Patriots-Steelers was the highest rated NFL game of the season on any network, earning a 16.5 household rating and 32 share nationally, per CBS and Nielsen Media Research.

That beats the Week 14 Eagles-Cowboys game on Fox, which had previously been the highest-rated game this season (16.0).

In the Boston market, the game earned a 41.9 rating and a 65 share. The 41.9 rating is the highest of the season in the market, topping the 39.8 rating the Patriots-Vikings matchup got on Boston 25 two weeks ago.