The NFL is in deep trouble after these ratings came in

The NFL season has officially begun.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles took on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Now the ratings are in and it was very bad news for the NFL.

The NFL’s regular season TV ratings were down 10% last year from the prior year.

If the first game is any indication, that trend is continuing.

Deadline reports:

With a 13.4/5 in the metered markets, the post-midnight ending game is down 8% from last year’s kickoff of September 7, 2017. In one of the lowest season openers ratingswise and facing portions of a cable news-covered rally by a very NFL critical President Donald Trump, last night’s game is not only down from last year, but 2016, 2015 and 2014 – all of which saw successive declines.

To add more injury to that, the 2017 8:42 PM ET-starting season opener between the victorious Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots ended up with a weak 7.7/29 rating among adults 18-49 and 21.8 million viewers. That was a double digit decline from 2016 and the worst total audience an opening game had since 2009.

More fans are tuning out of NFL games.

Last year’s national anthem protests led to fans burning their old team jerseys.

And NBC, which aired the 2018 season opener, also sold airtime to Nike to run their newest Colin Kaepernick ad.

The NFL continues to side with pro-Black Lives Matter players instead of its traditional fan base.

That is proving to be a disastrous business decision.

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104 Responses

  1. Re says:

    The sad thing is now that players make big bucks they think they are smarter than the average person. Some of these fools can’t even put sentences to gather. As far as i can see they need to start acting like Americans. And if they don’t like it fire there asses.

  2. DH says:

    Popeye74, Like you I can’t sing the national anthem without getting teared up and getting that frog in my throat. I served in the Army from ’72-75 and law enforcement from ’76-’16. I was born the youngest of five boys and my father was a WWII Alamo Scout primarily serving in New Guinea. He retired from the army in 1962 but his patriotism never waned. Nor will mine! Thank you for your service and thank you for your continued patriotism. I’m there with you!

  3. D.H. says:

    I quit watching the NFL back when krappernickle pulled his first stunt. I was already beginning to taper off of it though. Since I cut the cord I haven’t missed a day of it. I sold all of my nfl crap at a garage sale or two and made some money off of a few “fans” who still had their nose rings inserted. I realized I have far more time on my hands for doing the other things I loved to do when I was growing up… fishing, gold panning, reloading ammo, target shooting, hiking, photography, etc. The nfl can go to hell for all I care. And it looks like, with Nike at the helm it’s full speed ahead towards that destination.

  4. lou says:

    football players used to be roll models for kids. What does disrespecting our flag tell them?

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