According to the estimation, 20 million people watched Winston win the 21st Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the Thanksgiving telecast.
Winston is the winner.
At the 21st Annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina, aired on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, the French Bulldog earned the top spot.
An estimated 20 million people watched Winston take the Best in Show title at the 2022 National Dog Show, according to Purina — the show was hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia — with his handler Perry Payson of Bixby, Oklahoma. Winston triumphed over hundreds of dogs from dozens of breeds to win the grand prize.
The 2022 National Dog Show’s Best In Show judge said, “He is a show dog with personality and beauty and a perfect fit for the breed. “He has a razzle-dazzle that says, ‘I am here to win tonight.’ You can just tell that he can also go home and be the perfect pet.”
Payson said, “I get excited every time, and so does Winston,” after Winston’s Best in Show win. “The National Dog Show in Philadelphia, with the television frontage on Thanksgiving Day, is special. We’ve had a lot of help, and that’s what happens with a dog of this quality.”
Before taking Best in Show, Winston won the 2022 National Dog Show’s Best in Group prize for the Non-Sporting Group. Six other canines joined Winston in the dog show’s final round: The Irish Water Spaniel Sloane of the Sporting Group, Cooper the English Toy Spaniel from the Toy Group, Reus the Alaskan Malamute from the Working Group, Trouble the America Staffordshire Terrier from the Terrier Group, Nate the Treeing Walker Coonhound from the Hound Group, and River the German Shepherd from the Herding Group.
Cooper, the English Toy Spaniel, took home the 2022 National Dog Show’s second place prize, known as Reserve Best in Show. In addition, Winston won Reserve Best in Show at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
To watch Winston’s win again, tune in to an encore presentation of the 2022 National Dog Show on November 26 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT) on NBC.