The embattled National Football League released its official viewership ratings for its disastrous 2017 season on Thursday, posting double-digit losses from last year’s totals across the board.
The NFL has been struggling to appease furious fans and American patriots as professional athletes continue their months-long protest during the performance of the national anthem
According to USA Today, the average audience numbers across the entire spectrum of NFL’s broadcast networks –NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and their private streaming outlet- fell by a stunning 10% from last year’s totals. Even worse, the ratings for the 2016 season were also down a stunning 8% from 2015.
“NFL broadcasts had an average minute audience of 14.9 million compared to 16.5 million in 2016. CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN had a smaller audience than 2016,” writes USA Today. “ESPN, which included its streaming audience, had the lowest drop among the four networks at a 7.7% decline. Fox had a 9.1% drop, NBC dipped 10.4% and CBS fell 11.2% compared to 2016.”
The NFL has been struggling to appease furious fans and American patriots as professional athletes continue their months-long protest during the performance of the national anthem.
President Trump thrust the issue into the national spotlight last year, when he called for a national boycott of the league until owners and officials amend the rules to require players to stand during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’