Consider this an unintended, yet glorious consequence of the spoiled football players’ national anthem protests: the NFL’s TV ratings are dropping faster than Michael Vick’s passes.
For any number of reasons – national anthem protests, blow out games, competition from other networks – ESPN’s doubleheader on Monday night failed to drum up as much interest as years past.
The Steelers vs. Redskins game scored a 9.1 in Nielsen’s NLSN -1.52% metered market ratings while the 49ers vs. Rams posted a 7.1. The early game was down 7% from 2015′s MNF opener while Game 2 fell a whopping 25% with San Francisco viewers actually outnumbering L.A. That’s not the start the league was hoping to have in the country’s second-largest media market.
The NFL has to be disappointed with these numbers. Both CBS’ Sunday afternoon game and NBC’s Sunday Night Football saw their lowest ratings in seven years.
The NFL may be disappointed in those numbers, but I am personally orgasmic over them! F**k the protesting players and f**k the NFL in general. My complete boycott of the NFL began last week, and I cannot say I’ve missed it. I’ll watch college football on Saturdays and doing other things Sundays. The NFL will not receive my money, time, or attention ever again.