The embattled National Football League released its official viewership ratings for its disastrous 2017 season on Thursday, posting double-digit losses from last year’s totals across the board.
The NFL has been struggling to appease furious fans and American patriots as professional athletes continue their months-long protest during the performance of the national anthem
According to USA Today, the average audience numbers across the entire spectrum of NFL’s broadcast networks –NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and their private streaming outlet- fell by a stunning 10% from last year’s totals. Even worse, the ratings for the 2016 season were also down a stunning 8% from 2015.
“NFL broadcasts had an average minute audience of 14.9 million compared to 16.5 million in 2016. CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN had a smaller audience than 2016,” writes USA Today. “ESPN, which included its streaming audience, had the lowest drop among the four networks at a 7.7% decline. Fox had a 9.1% drop, NBC dipped 10.4% and CBS fell 11.2% compared to 2016.”
The NFL has been struggling to appease furious fans and American patriots as professional athletes continue their months-long protest during the performance of the national anthem.
President Trump thrust the issue into the national spotlight last year, when he called for a national boycott of the league until owners and officials amend the rules to require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
GAME OVER: 'Disgraceful' NFL to DITCH On-Field National Anthem
NFL owners and officials are considering changing the league’s rules for the upcoming 2018 season, crafting new policies that would keep all athletes in the locker room during the performance of the national anthem should player protests continue.
According to Sports Illustrated, the NFL is weighing the move after months of their athletes’ choosing to “take a knee” as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out throughout stadiums across the country.
The ensuring controversy has cost the league millions of dollars in decreased television ratings and ticket sales.
“I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen,” said a source close to the discussion.
President Trump thrust the issue of player protests into the national spotlight earlier this year when he called for a national boycott should the “disgraceful” league continue to permit political displays.
Just this week, the President called for a season-long suspension for one NFL star who chose to kneel during the US national anthem, but stood for the Mexican anthem while playing an international game in Mexico City.
Several coaches have vowed to stop the act, but none have implemented any policies that actually ban players from “taking a knee.”
GAME OVER: 'Monday Night Football' Ratings COLLAPSE to Record Lows
The National Football League continues to hemorrhage fans as player protests during the national anthem enter their second month, with ratings for the NFL’s premier ‘Monday Night Football’ plunging nearly 10% in just one week.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Monday night’s match-up netted just a 7.2 market share, down 9% from the previous week’s already dismal ratings. The low figure matches the troubled league’s second lowest viewership of the 2017 season.
“With a 7.2 in metered market results, last night’s MNF was down 9% from last week’s Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-24 triumph over the Washington Redskins,” writes Deadline.
“While not the MNF season low of the October 16 battle between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts, last night’s Chiefs vs. Broncos match-up is very close to the previous MNF season low of the October 9 Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears games,” adds the author.
The NFL has been struggling to regain its footing following weeks of players choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the US national anthem. The ensuing controversy gained national attention when President Trump called for a total boycott of the NFL until officials and owners require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’