Trump Tweets Don't Help TV Football Ratings

Nick Sanchez
September 27, 2017

Past year checked in at 11.4/23.

Average attendance at regular season National Football League games a year ago was the highest since 2007, when the National Football League set an all-time record in attendance.

To come up with overnight ratings, Nielsen takes the percentage of households watching in 56 US markets and comes up with an overnight average - so an 11.6, for instance, means that 11.6% of households in those 54 markets tuned into the game on NBC on Sunday night.

CBS, Fox, and NBC all aired the national anthem during their NFL coverage and it was also shown during Verizon's stream of the Baltimore-Jacksonville game from London.

Overall, the Redskins 27-10 victory was down 9 percent compared to last week's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, and 11 percent when compared to last year's Week 3 Sunday night game on NBC.

Week 3's Sunday slate was also entertaining with eight of the 10 afternoon games sailing over the total set by the sportsbooks.

The end of summer has to be sad for NBC, which has dominated in network ratings due to the success of "America's Got Talent". The controversy could be bad news for television networks, if vast numbers of viewers decide to tune out all at once.

For the week of September 18-24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Oakland at Washington, NBC, 17.48 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 15.64 million; "60 Minutes", CBS, 14.83 million; "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 14.7 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick", NBC, 13.78 million; NFL Football: Detroit at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 12.29 million; "Dancing With the Stars", ABC, 10.72 million; "Football Night in America, Part 3", NBC, 10.62 million; "Star Trek: Discovery", CBS, 9.49 million; NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, NFLN, 7.46 million. CBS' "The NFL Today" had its traditional opening, "highlighting the CBS games of the week before an initial seven-minute discussion on Trump's comments".

Here in the Stateline, preliminary ratings indicate that National Football League viewership is up.

During 'Monday Night Football, ' a lot of people were glued to the TV, but it wasn't just the game keeping their attention tonight.

Final viewership data is expected later on Monday.

Trump even went so far as to try to persuade National Football League fans to 'refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country'.

The protests began last season when quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem in protest of racial injustice.

At some games Sunday, players kneeled in large numbers during the anthem and were critical of Trump's comments.

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