Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

Adjust Comment Print

The NFL's Sunday Night Football ratings were down again after a weekend in which President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the league's players for kneeling during the national anthem.

Nielsen said the games averaged 17.63 million viewers for the first three weeks of last season, and have dipped to 15.77 million this year.

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.

When considering just the Sunday games, ratings were down from past year.

The final viewership numbers based on projections from Fox Sports vice president of research Mike Mulvihill are that the National Football League games from Sunday and Monday were up 3% in aggregate over Week 3 in 2016. In a tweet sent right before Sunday's games, the president said "NFL attendance and ratings are way down".

Snagging a 9.3 metered-market result and the best ratings of the season so far, last night's MNF was a thankful ratings touchdown for a league that has been losing ground in that metric so far this season and all of past year.

GOP leaders working on repeal bill changes to win over balky senators
National opinion surveys show that overall a majority of Americans want to keep the current law, although many Republicans do not. White House legislative liaison Marc Short said he expected a vote to occur Wednesday.


In metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders snared an 11.6/20.

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". Additionally, CBS' NFL Today pregame show scored its highest rating since 2010. And are the NFL's TV ratings sinking overall?

These decisions come after President Trump's incendiary comments on Friday calling NFL players who kneel during the national anthem "SOB's" and saying they should be fired.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said, to NFL.com at the time.

WXIA fact checkers can VERIFY that ratings were lower for Sunday night's games on some networks but higher on another. The show began with a shot of the sidelines of the Ravens-Jaguars game in London that had already started, followed by cast intros and host Sam Ponder "introducing Trump's "son of a bitch" comment (with no bleeps) at an Alabama rally".

Comments