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

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