Houston weighs in on National Football League kneeling protests

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

The outlet reported that the average rating across all Sunday and Monday game was up 3% compared to the same week in 2016.

NBC's ratings for the National Football League game between the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins on Sunday night were slightly down from a popular week three match-up last season, although it was not known if this was linked to a controversy over NFL player protests during the US national anthem. (Last year's Week 3 Monday night game featured the less popular New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.) Indeed, there are many factors affecting week-to-week and year-to-year NFL ratings that have nothing to do with protests or even with football itself.

CBS said its overall game coverage on Sunday averaged 11.9 percent of households that tuned in, up 4 percent from last year's week three coverage. NFL Network's pregame show "was also strong" covering the issue, with analyst Kurt Warner and host Rich Eisen "standing out". Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year's week 3 numbers.

The " matchup between the Washington and Oakland delivered a one-sided game for viewers and a weakened ratings return for NBC. In a tweet sent right before Sunday's games, the president said "NFL attendance and ratings are way down".

It was a tumultuous weekend for the National Football League in more ways than one. Two of the three networks saw lower ratings.


CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to a year ago, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010. The controversy could be bad news for television networks, if vast numbers of viewers decide to tune out all at once.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said, to NFL.com at the time.

Cowboys-Cardinals got a 9.3 overnight rating for ESPN, easily the highest-rated Monday night game of the year. "He's fired, '" Trump told a crowd in Alabama on Friday night.

In fact, the figure is a measurement of all games that were shown to a national audience, which includes some games played on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights.

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