Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

NFL's TV Ratings Dropped 10 Percent This Season

NFL's TV Ratings Dropped 10 Percent This Season

"Despite losing nine percent of its year-ago audience and coming under attack from both sides of the political spectrum, the National Football League in 2017 continued to cast a long shadow over the media landscape". NFL playoff games are usually among the top rated TV shows of any given year and while people look at sports as games, television and league executives know it is just a television show.

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The NFL erosion was in line with U.S. prime time television ratings, which fell nine percent past year. However, the figure is down from 20.3 million viewers in 2016 and 22.5 million in 2015. Younger viewers are more content to watch highlights on their mobile devices than sit through a three-hour game.

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Overall NFL ratings for this season dropped by 9.7% compared to last season, according to data released by Nielsen on Thursday.

The addition of Thursday night games over the full season and occasional early Sunday morning contests from London meant people had more football to watch and could have reached their saturation point earlier.

The 9.7 percent decline in TV viewership last season is greater than the 7.8 percent decline in 2016 from the previous season, statistics show. President Donald Trump said in September that players who protest during the anthem should be "fired", comments that led to widespread protests in Week 3. The NFL TV numbers are still the best in the business.

The NFL RedZone also might be a factor in taking fans away from watching the daytime games on CBS and FOX.

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