‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests

by Dominic Patten
September 25, 2017

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 worst SNF has performed this season so far, that’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s Atlanta Falcon’s 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers. Gaining cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of SNF for the 2017-2018 season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.

Last night’s SNF peaked with a 12.5/20 during the second quarter at 9 – 9:30 PM ET. Not that such a number can feel good to the NFL with ratings down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle last year.

These SNF numbers come on top of a tense Sunday that saw games across the nation under a new spotlight for how they would respond to Trump’s blasts of Friday at a speech in Alabama and on social media. Started by currently unemployed quarterback and then San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick over a year ago, a number of NFL players have been publicly protesting police brutality and racial injustice by not standing for the National Anthem. It was a move that the ex-Celebrity Apprenticehost and football fan decried though the ever ratings conscious Trump later said in a tweet on Sunday that linking arms was OK.

24 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • metheoldsarge says:

    Political Correctness has ruined the Oscars, The Emmy’s and the Miss America Pageant. Now it has ruined Professional Sports.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Why don’t we hear from more Athletes speaking out against the ones who are disrespecting our flag and our country ? By their silence they are giving their approval of them disrespecting the flag and our country.

    1. dmttbt says:

      Because there used to be only a few if any blacks in the NFL and AFL but they now dominate the sport as well as basketball. Check out the people on the field and you will find very few white people. That goes for college and even high school as well. Blacks are more likely to be Muslim. Kareem Abdul Jabar for example and Cacius Clay ( Mohamed Ali) and others for example.

  • Humble Servant says:

    If you wish to make a statement that is controversial and feel you have a propensity to do it in the arena were all can see, don’t be surprised if those who think you are being disrespectful to THEM because of your actions, stop paying for your services. This is a free country still. God knows you would not want to be forced to pay for a seat at one of Donald Trumps fund raiser dinners now would you? Wake up and smell the toast guys…..

  • dmttbt says:

    Disrespect for this country is never ok. The players who started this didn’t say anything about it being a protest about the plight of the Negro in this country until lately. If they did it still would not mean a thing because their cause is a reaction to the hands up don’t shoot bull sh it which was made up and nobody would testify that it even happened and if it did they were defending the actions of a young man who had just strong arm robbed a store and was stopped by the police. When he was asked to submit he attacked the officer and tried to take his pistol and was shot in the process. Is that what they are defending?? How about the man they say was shot and then the police were not convicted. That man was told to put his hands on his head and when he refused he was taken to the ground and cuffed and he died in the process. He died because he was so obese that he could not breath. He was being questioned because of a crime he was suspected of and was actually guilty of.
    I don’t believe in religion, mine or theirs or anyone else’s. But I would thank God for Trump because 8 years under the communist socialist have almost destroyed this country.

    1. dmttbt says:

      When the protests start on the streets by the BLM group there should be arrests and convictions. they should be treated as the criminals they are.

      1. Norman Fox says:

        It these moron Negros who want BLM where the hell were they when all hands needed after the recent hurricanes. Opps out collecting freebees and to hell with everyone else. So much for the others who say they are here to help. Yea Sure

        1. dmttbt says:

          Kapernick or whoever he is was the first to take a knee I believe and he was to marry a Muslim woman and I suppose he did. What I am getting at is he is a Muslim and their Koran says that if someone doesn’t believe the same religion as them they are to kill that person and they will get 20 or 30 virgins in heaven. I don’t know how many virgins but I do know that if you were going to find any they must be in heaven because we are a little shy of those on earth. Not that that is a bad thing. They are using bull s hit as their reason now. I suppose if someone were to rape rob or kill one of their family in the name of Alah it would be fine with them. They certainly don’t want the police to enforce the law on earth which is where I think we all exist.

    2. Norman Fox says:

      Well put the TRUTH. Seems the low lifes tend to forget the facts. All they want to do is bitch.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Trump called his friends, the owners of the NFL teams names, after they gave his campaign millions. Some friend he is. He call some of the best athletes in the world names also. All this over a few players wanting to exercise their free speech. What he got was backlash from almost everyone in the NFL. Way to go Mr. President. Now for a day or two you don’t have to deal with the investigation into your election.

    1. Dee says:

      Bob you sound like a Real moron . You probably disrespect the flag too , yet here you are in a Great Country that offers you the world , no limits . Your type is what Is Wrong with America .

      1. Orris herland says:

        Dee You are right, disrespect the flag, and they can go to some other Country, We don’t need them here.

      2. bobnstuff says:

        Kneeling is not very disrespectful, I kneel to pray. Taking and action to draw attention to a problem is freedom of speech. The action of a few players because they believe there is racism going on isn’t unamerican, protest is very American. Trump calling names is the problem here. He acted like a junior high school student not like the President of the United State. If anyone is being disrespectful it’s Trumps not respecting the office of President. He has once again shamed the country with his big mouth. Respect is given to those that show respect.

        1. WhiteFalcon says:

          You are correct.That is why I refuse to watch the NFL. They show no respect and I give them none.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            I’m not pro sports fan, They are money making corporations with out of town employees who have no loyalties except to their paycheck. About the only time I have any respect for them is when one of them stand up for what they believe in.

          2. WhiteFalcon says:

            Check out info@eheadlines.com. There is a black cop that tells it like it is. I think you will appreciate what he has to say.

          3. Retired says:

            He will not !!!

          4. Retired says:

            It does not belong on the playing field , if they don’t want to pay respect stay off of the field .No other country puts up with this crap. You and the players need to go to NK and get educated how to respect your country , most of you would come home in a body bag after e few weeks .

        2. Retired says:

          Funny since Obama became President all of a sudden there was RACISM again just like in the 60s , everything had been peaceful .The thinking was we got a Black Man in power and we can go against the laws and Obama will protect us .

    2. Norman Fox says:

      WOW what stupidity. They all wanted a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Then they do their best to tear it down with the disrespect of our nation by their bull shit. These assholes by doing what they are doing trampled on those who fought for the United States of America, her flag and national anthem. Also these assholes think nothing of those who fought, died, were maimed, whose lives were turned upside down to give these idiots millions of dollars while they fought for the country for a penitence. They all need to be exterminated, trash like this does not need to be in our beloved country.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I sure hope those people fought for something more then a piece of cloth or a drinking song. I believe they are thinking of just what people fought for. Freedom.

        1. Retired says:

          You are just as sick and disrespectful by supporting their actions . Keep right proving what a good Democrat you are .

          1. bobnstuff says:

            There actions were in support of there team mates after they were attacked by the man child of a president. There support was for freedom of speech.

          2. Retired says:

            Disrespect for a countries National Anthem is no free speech ,it shows hate and nothing more . You Obama bots are all alike . Just like you show no respect for Trump but was all for what Obama did . When your preacher says to sit down do you remain standing ????

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