NFL Week 3 sees boost in TV ratings

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Week-to-week, last night's MNF was up 7% over the Detroit Lions' 24-10 crushing of the New York Giants on September 18, which was up over the season opener the week before. The 2017 figures don't include this week's Monday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Offering at least some anecdotal evidence that the NFL's current ratings predicament is not one with a cut- and-dry cause, Monday Night Football viewership surged on Monday night - helping Week 3 of the season finish in the black, after all. The first Sunday night game on NBC received a 17.00 rating in 2017 in the Rockford region compared to a 13.24 rating in 2016. Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year's week 3 numbers. Previous year checked in at 11.4/23.

The Nielsen figures also don't include numerous Sunday afternoon games that are shown to a regional audience, but not a national one.

What saw the biggest bump on Sunday was the pregame coverage on the networks, with CBS reporting a 33 percent increase in viewership for The NFL Today compared to last season. The controversy could be bad news for television networks, if vast numbers of viewers decide to tune out all at once.

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The ratings dip was always overblown.

The President telling those who attended a rally on Friday in Huntsville, AL that those National Football League players who kneeled in protest to the treatment of African-Americans should be fired.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now, out, he's fired". The show began with a shot of the sidelines of the Ravens-Jaguars game in London that had already started, followed by cast intros and host Sam Ponder "introducing Trump's "son of a bitch" comment (with no bleeps) at an Alabama rally".

Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) and Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Carter (55) kneel with teammates during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field. The NFL destroys every other sport in television ratings. ESPN, which also abandoned some of its usual pregame chatter to talk politics, plans to air the anthem live on "Monday Night Football".