(Last year’s Week 3 Monday night game featured the less popular New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.) Indeed, there are many factors affecting week-to-week and year-to-year NFL ratings that have nothing to do with protests or even with football itself.
For contrast, CBS’ Sunday games, as a whole, saw a slight uptick in viewership compared to previous year, while Fox’s afternoon game was down 16%.
NFL teams staged a show of solidarity with protesting players before Sunday’s games by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the national anthem, defying President Donald Trump’s call for team owners to fire those who refuse to stand.
Capping off a tumultuous weekend for the NFL, one in which the league and its players were put on the defense by incendiary comments from the US president, Sunday Night Football again saw its ratings lot take a hit from that of the previous year.
The NFL has been suffering from repeated year-over-year declines in TV ratings.
Of course, this was just one one week in a long season, and overall National Football League ratings did drop 8 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, more than 200 players knelt in protest during week three games, following in the path of a movement started by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested police brutality and racial injustice against African Americans. The network has benefited from a much stronger “Monday Night Football” schedule this season than in years past.
Trump continued his attacks on the National Football League into Tuesday morning, writing that National Football League ratings are “way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected”.
The 9.3 overnight rating is way up from last year’s Week Three Monday night game, although last year’s game was played at the same time as a presidential debate, so the Week Three 2017 vs.
The outlet reported that the average rating across all Sunday and Monday game was up 3% compared to the same week in 2016.