NFL Ratings Hit 10-Year Low With Season Opener - Time & Weather Blamed

The NFL's season opener ratings were the lowest in a decade (2017 season photo).

New York, NY The National Football Leagues (NFL) season opener had the lowest ratings in 10 years for the first game of the season.

Thursday nights game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons delivered television ratings that were down eight percent from the first game of the season in 2017.

NBC reported that the game drew a 13.4 overnight rating, giving it the lowest ratings for a season-opening game telecast since 2008, according to Fox News.

Analysts claim that ratings were low because the 2008 New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins season opener was moved up to 7 p.m. to accommodate U.S. Senator John McCains acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

It garnered a rating of only 10.1, according to Sports Media Watch.

CNN cited weather as the cause of the drop.

The 2018 Thursday night opener was the fifth-lowest in the 16-telecast history of the game.

Nike aired its new controversial commercial featuring ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the second half of the Eagles-Falcons game, according to NBC Sports.

The shoe company has made Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary Just Do It campaign. Kaepernick started the player protests during an exhibition game in 2016 by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.

The Sept. 6 games low ratings continued a two-year decline in television viewership that has coincided with the National Anthem protests.

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President Donald Trump has been criticizing the NFL for their handling of the players kneeling since the campaign trail in the fall of 2016. He weighed in on Sunday after the ratings were revealed.

Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade, President Trump tweeted. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!

President Trump also criticized Nike for choosing Kaepernick as the focal point of their ad campaign.

Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG! Trump tweeted on Sept. 5.

No players knelt during the first game of the NFL season, although two took a seat on the bench close to the end of the National Anthem.

But on Sunday, two members of the Miami Dolphins took a knee in Denver, according to WPVI.

Kaepernick sent his thanks to Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson via Twitter because he is no longer allowed on any NFL teams sidelines, WPVI reported.

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charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

The brave & smart don't kneel with heads bowed, when faced with oppression! Professional jockstrap clowns are ... Hilarious!!

petenila
petenila

Pick theses as wipes up stop showing this crap ,all that they are doing is straining relationships with racism, WHO ARE RACIST ,THIS IS nothing but serious racism in its true form. DONT ever call the majority white men women racist.CALL HATERS OF AMERICAN FLAG,HATERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT,HATERS OF EVERYTHING BUT THEIR OWN BELIEFS THIS is just as stupid as the shit that the KKK DOES.YEAH.....

EMarie
EMarie

Now let us start on our politicians and get the NFL's tax money to cease.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Who is that LE officer next to the players? And was he "on-duty" or working an off duty gig; the latter being loathsome.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

EMarie-"Now let us start on our politicians and get the NFL's tax money to cease".

Hello EM-True, and please explain more for those who are not familiar .... From what I have heard taxpayers contribute money to support stadiums , football organizations and owners as if ANY of this needs to be subsidized by any common citizens. It is my impression that many taxpayers do not even know this practice occurs ....and Trump should try to put an end to this nonsense asap. It is bad enough these Football DB's act the way they do with a seemingly endless assortment of run ins with the law, truly low behaviors and of course, the "harmless" kneeling .......and yet get paid millions ......but common folk are also then taxed to support this troubling industry?? It is simply a travesty which needs to stop.

EMarie
EMarie

What's your point? Rambling and name calling doesn't count as actual intelligent communication Hi_estComnDenomnn. It does, however, speak to your lack of social skills.

EMarie
EMarie

THANK you.

HH3
HH3

As a former active duty Marine, I'm done with the NFL!! Saturday is now my football day. Nike - your stuff has been sent to Goodwill. Maybe a homeless person will get your clothing articles. That is where they belong.

Hardtopost
Hardtopost

STOP BEING RACIST!!!! Seriously, you keep complaining that people think you're racist. Stop being racist! He is literally taking a knee to protest law enforcement racism. Maybe rather than throwing a fucking temper tantrum...STOP BEING RACIST! Also, quit bitching about the first amendment. It's a thing. A good important thing. Deal with it. And again, just stop being racist.

walkintall
walkintall

Yep. Must've been the weather. Yep

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

hardtopost says-- "STOP BEING RACIST!!!! Seriously, you keep complaining that people think you're racist. Stop being racist! He is literally taking a knee to protest law enforcement racism. Maybe rather than throwing a fucking temper tantrum...STOP BEING RACIST!"

I have seen several postings from this writer and they are getting "Hard to read". The same accusations are made again and again and yet typically with no justifications as to the "whys behind the accusations ". All that's said is that someone or something is racist yet nothing offered to explain further. Throwing out empty repetitious accusations of "Racist " at another are some of the most overused and abused forms of simpleminded attacks and lack of any constructive and meaningful rationale behind it....It thus becomes meaningless and is then ignored by the recipient. BTW, talking about "temper tantrums" ... take the caps lock off , take a deep breath ,eat a Snickers and relax.

VWells
VWells

NFL will continue to loose in the ratings because of NFL losers kneeling! If you disrespect our country, flag and troops you will continue to lose! You are extremely disrespectful to your own country

Hi_estCommDenomn
Hi_estCommDenomn

Hey National Felons League, while you're down there on them knees why don't you lick this big ole dick.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LowEST IQ said- "Hey National Felons League, while you're down there on them knees why don't you lick this big ole dick".

My, what a profound and thought provoking statement! Its good your finally coming out of the closet and advising our readers.Thanks for confirming what we already suspected about you and congratulations, as that takes genuine courage.

...BTW-We are noticing you keep clicking "like" on your own written comments...really,that desperate? and yes,we noticed.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@THEDUKE You old dumbfuck. Look at our names. Do you see how they're spelled differently? That's not me making the comments, it's a retard that knows he can fool gullibles. Are you new to the internet?

Haha, i see he liked your post. He likes his own and those he fools.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

LowEST IQ says - "Look at our names. Do you see how they're spelled differently? That's not me making the comments, it's a retard that knows he can fool gullibles. "

Hi_EST ComnDenomn-I keep telling you I am responding to LowEST IQ but you keep responding and apparently you feel like you and he have much in common. Don't you see the names are spelled differently ? ..and yes, tell us something we don't already know about you Captain Obvious. The guy you mention just agrees with others here that you are a disturbed DB. Again ,good for you about your finally coming out of the closet and advising our readers. We are all so proud for you.