NFL Ratings Are Down, And No One's Sure Why
People are throwing out plenty of reasons, from political coverage to anthem protests.By Carter Woodiel | October 2, 2016
NFL ratings are down. That's something you don't hear every day, considering how the league's cemented itself at the top of American sports. And the thing is, no one's really sure why.
Ratings for the NFL's biggest prime-time games dropped about 12 percent from last year during the first couple weeks of the season. They were down in Week 3, too, including the lowest-rated Monday Night Football broadcast ever.
If you ask some people, they'll tell you it's because of recent player protests during the national anthem. Like when Colin Kaepernick takes a knee.