Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

Trump Takes On NFL: Every Pregame Dedicates Time To President's Comments

Through three weeks, viewership for national telecasts of NFL games is down 11 percent this season compared to 2016, the Nielsen company said on Tuesday.

NBC's "Sunday Night Football" experienced its lowest television ratings of the season as NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem.

CBS also took a hit to its national coverage of the Cincinnati-Green Bay game, which attracted a 13.8 rating compared to a 13.9 rating during its week-three coverage past year.

Next week's ratings will be even more closely watched, since conservative groups and Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity have called for people angered by the protests to boycott this weekend's games.

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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.

The networks saw huge boosts for their pregame shows, though. The NFL Today on CBS scored its highest rating since 2010, the newspaper reported, but viewership of the live games themselves still depended on the quality of the action and the teams involved. Both networks tackled the political news of the weekend.

On a day when around 200 NFL players engaged in some form of protest against racial inequality in America by kneeling, sitting, locking arms, or raising a fist during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner, ' the league endured its worst ratings for Sunday Night Football this season". And are the NFL's TV ratings sinking overall?

The overnight numbers for this week, combined with the generally sluggish ratings for the first two weeks of this season, are concerning to the National Football League and its TV partners, but it's still early and the National Football League is still bringing in the biggest numbers on TV. Those opposed to the protests have said it is disrespectful to the military and flag. "He's fired, '" Trump told a crowd in Alabama on Friday night. 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".

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