Super Bowl Gets Lowest Ratings Since 2009, Can't Figure Out Why

AndrewBlake

Super Bowl ratings were the lowest they've been since 2009.

​Bloomington, MN - The National Football League’s (NFL) television ratings for its showcase Super Bowl were was the lowest since 2009 in the wake of player protests that alienated many football fans.

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday in a thrilling game that featured the league’s most polarizing team with the game’s most must-see player in Tom Brady. And the game came down to the final play.

Still, ESPN reported the Feb. 4 game averaged 103.4 million viewers on television, according to Nielsen.

That’s the lowest Super Bowl viewership since the 2009 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.

This year’s game had seven percent fewer viewers than the 2017 game between the Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, which New England won in overtime.

“Get your act together next year guys,” tweeted Joe Walsh, a talk show host and former U.S. Congressman.

Many football fans have declared they are boycotting the league due to the disrespect shown by the players refusing to stand for the national anthem.

It should be noted that no Patriots or Eagles players took a knee at the Super Bowl.

Television ratings for NFL viewership were down 9.7 percent in 2017. That followed an eight percent drop in 2016, the first year NFL players began kneeling during the national anthem.

Days before the Super Bowl, the head of the NFL players’ union criticized those who blamed the drop in TV ratings on the player protests.

“Let me kick it off this way,” NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith said Feb. 1 during the annual state of the players union address. “One, I believe every bit of detailed analysis demonstrates that that is wrong. NASCAR – their championship series [viewership] is down 24, 25 percent. From 2006, I believe they’re down 45 percent. There isn’t a television show, news show that isn’t at least experiencing a double-digit decline. To try to pin declining ratings on any single thing is being intellectually dishonest.”

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RunCop
RunCop

Keep kneeling thugs....

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop read the article, dummy. The decrease is due to a lot of factors, and personally I think it has more to do with gen z not being into sports and millennials cutting their cords.

Heezels
Heezels

Also a decrease in television viewership in general. Most millennials I know don’t own a TV subscription.

But I do think the kneeling thing doesn’t help them. It’s attacking their dwindling viewership.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

That's the pattern. My little cousin doesn't give a shit about sports in general aside from MMA (12 years old, gen z) and I haven't had a cable package in 5 years (33, millenial). I have basic cable because the company wouldn't let me have just internet.

Anytime I have to talk to the cable company, they sound weirded out that I don't want 300 bullshit channels. I'm fine with the 15 or so that I watch regularly, and Netflix /Hulu

Blackactivist
Blackactivist

Why are they thugs. Is it because they are black. I love this site because it shows how many racist police there are and what they really think

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I'm Gen X and I also do not have a cable package,. My provider does allow internet only, so I made out even better. I watch my local news on the internet, then Neflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and CBS all access has all I need. I can stop any of them any time and I often do and start them again when I have time to watch. Even us "old" Gen Xers are doing it. Many of my friends are the same way.

b1rd
b1rd

Regardless of the factors I'm glad to see a bunch of overpaid babies out the door. Hopefully colleges can get back to educating people instead of paying so much for sports programs.

b1rd
b1rd

I guess I'm lucky. I have internet with no TV requirements from two providers.

FedUpViewer
FedUpViewer

I have Internet. I'm also married to a disabled veteran that gave both legs in his service to this country. HE CAN'T TAKE A KNEE BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE A KNEE! Get up and show respect to those that defended our flag. So, until they show respect no one in our home will watch any football games.

Keep denying what's causing your failing numbers. In our home it does have everything to do with taking a knee.

rovaz
rovaz

I am a veteran and I served honorably under the U.S.A. Flag. Always show respect to our Flag. Because of the disrespect these players and the NFL not enforcing their rule on the National Anthem, I do not allow anything NFL in my home. I boycotted the NFL for the entire season. Lets see what happens on the coming season. If the disrespect continues, NFL will be tuned out for good.

NomonK
NomonK

I didn't watch one NFL GAME because of the unpatriotic millionaires. This has nothing to do with race. It's all about not supporting America. It doesn't matter what color your skin is , your political affiliation is, where your heritage started or what your income bracket is. We are all American. We have one Flag one National Anthem. All military fight for and die for those two items. We as AMERICAN owe a debt of gratitude to those soldiers to give respect to this nation.

Runwayenter8205
Runwayenter8205

You wonder why with a name like Demaurice, he says that kneeling has nothing to do with the drop in ratings for the superbowl!

Scattered
Scattered

I also have not watched one NFL game due to the disrespect shown. It will not happen. But I also don't watch TV period. Due to disrespect shown to our President I don't watch it, buy Budweiser products ,Starbucks, Oreo's my list is endless and I don't shop at Target or a number of stores but choose to do it online due to the blatant disrespect of so-called Americans.

Runwayenter8205
Runwayenter8205

Hey Mr. DeMaurice Smith. "Let me kick it off this way"
Everyone who knelt during the National Anthem has disrespected the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. PERIOD!

Tex_amt
Tex_amt

The NFLPA has a point about the declining viewership of sports in general. ESPN ratings are low resulting in the layoffs of several broadcasters. But what he doesn't account for is the NFL's lack of attendance. This is different from ticket sales.

PeterB
PeterB
Mtnbarbie18
Mtnbarbie18

I didn't watch the Super Bowl specifically because of the disrespect shown our LEOs and Vets and didn't watch one single NFL game and WILL NOT until the issue is resolved. Great that the Pats and Eagles remained on their feet but to little too late. Football is not a necessity but respect and consideration for our country, LEOs and Vets is required...it's the least we can do. The NFL needs to figure out we're not compromising on this issue...as do any other businesses that allow such blatant disrespect.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NomonK I didn't join to fight for a flag or anthem. The constitution, and friends and family.

Heezels
Heezels

I understand the point. But to some degree I cannot agree. I’m not a veteran or a cop, just a nerd who appreciates psychology and the intricate nature of narrative.

The flag itself is a visual representation of home. It’s a representation of the constitution and all of your friends and family. I can’t see burning it being made illegal, but it sure as hell should be mocked and derided. National identity isn’t something we should neglect. Race doesn’t matter, the fact that we’re legal Americans does.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Unpopular opinion! The National Anthem sucks as a song. It's antiquated, and its awkward rhythm makes it hard for a crowd to stay on beat.

"America The Beautiful" is more upbeat, easier to sing, and has a steady rhythm so everyone can stay on beat. Ly4ics are better as well.

NomonK
NomonK

The FLAG is a symbolic representation of OUR COUNTRY. You may not have JOINED to fight for the flag but you joined to fight for what it stands for, AMERICA. I would agree with your comment that the current National Anthem is hard to sing for some folks so is Amazing Grace but should people stop using it because some find it hard to sing, I think not. That is all personal opinion ans opinions are like butt holes everpone has one. It has been chosen as a National Anthem so it to should be respected jus as the Flag. More than anything I have always felt if you can't live in Happy in America find a country that will make you happy and move there. We have the best Country in the world even with all it's imperfections. That's why so many people want to immigrate here. There are thousands that risk their lives coming here. I see very few that want to leave. All those talking head on the VIEW that had sworn they would leave if Mr. Trump was elected. Not one of them has honored their word.

Mudpup
Mudpup

I have never Missed a Super Bowl. Even while serving in the US Army. I am 56 yrs old and I skipped the entire season including the Super Bowl. It is 100% because of the player disrespect and the NFL’s lack of response. I won’t be back till it’s rectified. Can’t wait for the. XFL

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mudpup you don't have to wait for the XFL. Watch the CFL now if you like second-tier professionals.

Tpr3690
Tpr3690

I'm wondering how many of the kneelers have been in trouble with the law. Living and working in the Buffalo area I know that some of the Bills were taken care of as long as they didn't act like a##holes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd from now on, ask your last question first.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn What is wrong with asking if you were in the military? You nervous about me asking you questions?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn you said you "didn't join to fight for a flag or anthem."

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn just curious if it wasn't the military what it was you joined.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd yes. Navy for 11 years.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn what did you do and where were you stationed?

b1rd
b1rd

I was an Aviation Structural Mechanic

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd SWO while afloat, SATCOM expert on my shore tour.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn That is to funny. And to think you originally introduced yourself as a Navy brat.

b1rd
b1rd

What boat and department?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd I didn't introduce myself as a navy brat.

b1rd
b1rd

oh,,, must be mistaken. Thought you said you were a Navy brat

b1rd
b1rd

What boat were you on? What department?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd I did say I was a navy brat, because I was.

b1rd
b1rd

I thought so

b1rd
b1rd

What boat did you serve on

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd COWPENS

b1rd
b1rd

nice,, a guided destroyer

b1rd
b1rd

Hit any heavy seas?

b1rd
b1rd

Did you stay in San Diego after you left the boat?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd do women just walk away from you after talking to you for a couple minutes? It must be exhausting to be you.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn No they don't. Especially the stupid ones. They are easily frustrated and try lying to people about who they are and what they do or have done. They usually give snarky remarks thinking people should bow down to what they think is their superior knowledge while most of the time can't even find their own a$$. It is fun talking to them because it continually exposes their ignorance. But yes, after they finally start to figure out you are on to them and instead of continuing to try to have conversation they try insulting people. Kinda like what you are doing right now.

Hannibal
Hannibal

Should have been lowest in the history of the NFL. Americans need to boycott these traitors.


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