It’s no wonder the NFL is struggling right now.
The anthem protests have literally and figuratively turned fans off from watching the games.
And now more information has come out showing just how bad it’s gotten.
To much surprise, the ratings for Sunday Night Football on NBC has been up for three straight games.
You can attribute that to good matchups, but it isn’t saying a whole lot because ratings were up the same time last year.
But across the board, ratings continue to decline.
Sports Media Watch reports:
“NFL ratings hit a rare multi-year high in the metered markets Sunday night.
The Week 13 edition of Sunday Night Football — 10-1 Philadelphia against 7-4 Seattle — had a 13.1 overnight rating on NBC, up 14% from Panthers-Seahawks last year (11.5) and up 7% from Colts-Steelers in 2015 (12.2).
The Seahawks’ win, which peaked at a 14.0 from 10-10:30 PM ET, was the third straight Sunday night game to increase over last year. It was also the second of the past three to hit a multi-year high.
For the season, the 13.1 is the second-highest for a primetime NFL game since Week 1, trailing only Cowboys-Eagles on SNF in Week 11 (13.5).
Earlier in the day, FOX earned a 13.7 for national window coverage featuring Saints-Panthers in 72% of markets — down 17% from last year (mostly Giants-Steelers: 16.6) and down 25% from 2015, which featured the same two teams (18.2).
The 13.7 is the lowest of the season for the national window on FOX.
As for the 1 PM ET windows, the singleheader scored a 9.8 overnight on CBS (-12%). Despite the drop, the 9.8 is the highest for a singleheader on CBS this season, per Sports Business Daily.
FOX had an 8.3 for the first half of its doubleheader, which featured Vikings-Falcons in most markets — up 6% from last year (7.8) but down 25% from 2015 (11.0).”
John Stands said it best.
NFL Is Kneeling themselves a slow death 😂. They just don’t understand that MOST AMERICANS Are Patriotic 🇺🇸.
NFL Stadiums Are FULL OF EMPTY SEATS
— 🇺🇸John Stands🇺🇸 (@JrcheneyJohn) December 2, 2017
This was the Cardinals stadium on December 3rd, which is mind blowing.
— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) December 4, 2017
Yes, these are stadium attendances, but the entire league is failing grossly.
Monday Night Football’s overly violent game between the Steelers and Bengals was not a good look for the league because it just reiterated how entitled the players think they are.
The fight between Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree, which turned into total team brawls, should have been a wake-up call.
But instead, players are growing more and more out-of-control.
It looks likes even further declining ratings are in the league’s future. At this pace, the NFL will soon cease to exist.