Houston weighs in on National Football League kneeling protests
27 Сентября 2017, 12:48 | Cassandra Thompson
Last year, Reuters reports the week 3 matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys produced a 12.9 rating nationally. CBS' lineup Sunday included the Green Bay Packers' overtime win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
For whatever reasons people choose to attribute to the NFL's ratings stumble, now more than a year old and something that will surely continue this season, it is not a problem that can really be diagnosed over a single weekend - let alone one game.
Earlier in the week, "Thursday Night Football" saw a ratings surge with Los Angeles Rams-San Fransisco 49ers on NFL Network drawing a 4.4 final household rating, up 38% from week three, and 7.4 million total viewers, up 47% from last week. CBS' later game drew a 13.8, down 1% from past year. Austin Karp, an editor at the respected SportsBusiness Daily, tweeted on Monday: "Fans wanted to see National Football League talking heads react to Trump". CBS' "The NFL Today" had its traditional opening, "highlighting the CBS games of the week before an initial seven-minute discussion on Trump's comments". The controversy could be bad news for television networks, if vast numbers of viewers decide to tune out all at once.
Overnight ratings can give a glimpse of which way viewership is going, but don't always tell the whole story.
NFL teams staged a show of solidarity with protesting players before Sunday's games by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the national anthem, defying President Donald Trump's call for team owners to fire those who refuse to stand.
Trump continued his attacks on the National Football League into Tuesday morning, writing that National Football League ratings are "way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected". Fox "addressed the subject in the same manner as its competitors", beginning their show with a "quick preview of the upcoming Week 3 games before heading immediately into Trump's comments (they did bleep the word "bitch") and statements and tweets from National Football League executives and players".
Only six players protested during the anthem in Week 2, but after Trump's criticism over the weekend, around 200 players took part on Sunday.
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