It's Disingenuous To Say Trump Is Wrong On Ratings

It's Disingenuous To Say Trump Is Wrong On Ratings

The early ratings numbers, which are incomplete and subject to a great deal of change, showed CBS' numbers up compared to the same week past year, while NBC and Fox's numbers were down. But there was only one victim at the end of the day: the NFL.

Across Monday's and all of Sunday's games, even the dampened showing from NBC's marquee primetime showdown, gross overnight ratings for league showdowns weren't off from those of 2016. And, while Fox's Sunday coverage was also down from 2016, CBS year-over-year coverage was incrementally improved.

Sunday night's game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders scored an 11.6/20, meaning that an estimated 11.6 percent of all metered-market households watched the game and an estimated 20 percent of homes using a television at the time watched, Deadline reports. Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year's week 3 numbers. Both networks tackled the political news of the weekend.

Sports similarly reported that "For the weekend as a whole, ESPN and CBS were up, NBC and FOX were down, and on aggregate ratings across the National Football League were up about 3 percent from Week Three a year ago".

CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to past year, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010.




So what does all of this all mean?

Trump and others have professed that the NFL's ratings are down due to players kneeling, sitting or raising their fist during the national anthem. And are the NFL's TV ratings sinking overall?

During 'Monday Night Football, ' a lot of people were glued to the TV, but it wasn't just the game keeping their attention tonight. Nielsen will release viewership data on Tuesday. 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".

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. ESPN, which also abandoned some of its usual pregame chatter to talk politics, plans to air the anthem live on "Monday Night Football".

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