Apparently, NFL viewers are realizing they can do without football, especially when anti-American politics is part of the package.
The majority of NFL viewers are white and don’t like being accused of racism. This country fought a war to end slavery and went through a struggle to end a racial apartheid system. To be told now, in 2017, that the nation that went through such convulsions is racist, is a preposterous and vile slander. To be told that they must accept this message to have any hope to not be considered racist is blackmail.
So, white men are saying, “Forget you, NFL.” And finding something else to do with their time.
Deadline Hollywood reports, “NFL Kickoff Game Ratings Take A Hit From 2016 As Patriots Lose To Chiefs.”
While better than anything on any of the Big 4 have done in the overnights in months, those numbers are down a sobering 12% from the early results of the Denver Broncos’ tight 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in last year’s kickoff on September 8, 2016.
Long season short, that’s not a good start for either the NFL or networks hoping to gain some traction from last year’s ratings blows.
To put some greater context, the 2016 kickoff game, which was down from both the 2015 and the 2014 openers, went on to snare a 9.4/33 rating among adults 18-49 and 25.19 million viewers. With the Super Bowl 50 champs 10-points down at one point before surging for the win, the Broncos vs. Panthers opener was the fourth year in a row that a NFL kickoff game topped 25 million viewers. With 27.5 million sets of eyeballs, the 2010 kickoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings still holds the record for most watched season opener since the Thursday traditional started in 2002.
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