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The Sunday Night Football clash between the Rams and the Cowboys was supposed to halt the ratings crash the NFL has experienced so far in the 2020 season.

Spoiler alert, it most certainly did not halt the ratings crash.

According to DEADLINE Hollywood, ratings for NBC’s only weekly NFL game, were down a shocking 28%.

Putting on the two teams with big national followings, SNF snared a 4.7 in early ratings among adults 18-49 and 14.81 million viewers last night.

In numbers certain to change, that’s a fall of 28% in the ratings and a hard decline of 23% in sets of eyeballs from what the September 8, 2019 official start of SNF snagged in the early numbers of its opening game of last season. While the early Nielsen data lacks West Coast numbers, which is kind of important when you have a team from the mega-market of LA playing, this result is going to be hard pill for the NFL and NBC to swallow.

These results are disastrous for the NFL. Not just because the numbers themselves are bad, but because of the teams that played on Sunday Night Football. The Dallas Cowboys have possible the largest national fan following in the country, and the Los Angeles Rams play in the second largest media market in the country. In addition, both teams have star talent and are very competitive with playoff aspirations for this season. By all measures, the game should have performed extremely well in the ratings.

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To add some further context, the 33-3 pummeling of the Pittsburgh Steelers by then reigning Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots last year went on to pull in an audience of 22.2 million on NBC, which was pretty much even with SNF’s 2018 season premiere. That 2019 figure inched up to 22.7 million when digital platform viewing was added in.

Also, at this point, last night’s SNF is down nearly 10% in the key demo from the early results of the the Kansas City Chiefs near blowout season opener win over the Houston Texans on September 10 this year. That primetime game at Arrowhead Stadium did have a scattering of fans (just over 17,000 in a venue built for more than 76,000) and a strong and blunt social justice and anti-racism message from the league and players – which was booed by said fans. In what may be indicative of where the NFL is already drifting, last night’s SNF was much more subdued in its stance over such issues and saw only a few players take a knee during the national anthem.

Every NFL game saw a protest of some sort, during the anthem and/or pregame ceremonies. The league’s social justice movement is no doubt responsible for the plummeting numbers which had largely leveled off and actually begun to show improvement last season. It’s also important to note that NBC didn’t even show the full display of social justice demonstrations from the Rams and Cowboys. ESPN, who is slated to televise two Monday Night Football games this evening, has said they will show social justice demonstrations. Meaning, the numbers for those games could potentially be even worse for ESPN.

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29 Comments
JC Waterwalker September 18, 2020
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The NFL deserves their "Ratings Crash". People watch sports because they enjoy the sport. Inserting a political and/or social statement into a sports event defeats the purpose of sports. People want to escape their daily lives and just want to enjoy some sports. Having political or social protest slapped in their faces defeats the escape and enjoyment people sought by watching a sport. I find it particularly apalling when a person or group of persons disrespect the United States and all of those that sacrificed their lives to keep America free. That qualifies as disrespect, not a protest when they kneel to protest during the National Anthem.
Steven Gobble September 16, 2020
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Well you mean that SBLM and ANTIFA aren't making up the loses that NFL are having. I will never watch another NFL football game or any sport that support the terrorist organizations like SBLM and ANTIFA. PERIOD. You want to disrespect your fans like NASCAR did then fucking suffer and let those IDIOTS take pay cuts. STUPID is what STUPID DOES.
WaveForm September 16, 2020
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And they can look forward to more of this schitt too!! Done! You want to hurt them.........take their moneys.........stop watching the communist socialist marxist!!!
LST September 16, 2020
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To hell with the Nigger Felon League.
Boxkicker Pro September 16, 2020
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GREAT NEWS. When it finally hits them in the pocket-book, maybe they will get their head screwed on right again. However, I don't believe the NFL, NBA, or any other sport that gave up their Entertainment policy of sports for the political "Woke" policy will ever recover what they threw away; their dignity and common sense.
Rick September 16, 2020
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I dont watch them...
Sherryl Musser September 16, 2020
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I've been an avid Steeler fan for years and love football. No more. Like a lot of folks posting her,. I'm done. Didn't miss it, and didn't care.
ANDRE ALEXSEN September 16, 2020
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NFL= NO FANS LEFT IT OVER COMMIE STEROID QUEENS ! NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE...! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND REAL HEROES U.S MILITARY AND POLICE ! TRUMP 2020.
Jim September 15, 2020
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I hope the NFL bombs. I sold my season tkts and tossed over 11 Jerseys. I kept my Pat Tillman Jersey. Keep spitting in the face of the paying customers for you won’t have any customers. Bye NFL I’m done. First weekend of NFL free and I’m good with saying adios.
Ridfor September 15, 2020
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Politics spoil everything....especially sports. I understand the players wanting to project their concerns to the public, but find a venue outside of sports. As a member of the viewing public I used to tune in to sporting events to escape politics and petty BS that is now so pervasive in life today. It used to be that I could enjoy an event that people from all walks of life could watch and cheer for a team of their choice that is comprised of people from all walks of life pulling together in a common effort for a shared result. It was a wonderful thing to watch and enjoy by all. Now it is a total s**t in everyone's face! As always, selfish thinking has horrible results. It's time to think beyond yourself.
RIC CARTER September 15, 2020
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Kaepernick has single-handedly eliminated football.
daz September 15, 2020
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I still cannot fathom that there is so many dickheads that still watch them.
Gordon September 15, 2020
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Boycott the NFL ! I have for two years . . . and I'm ust getting started.
Laurie September 15, 2020
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It hurt a little not to turn in to watch the Chiefs, but I think it will get easier every week. I'm determined not to watch unless they stop with the bs.
RockyMtn 1776 September 15, 2020
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The ratings? I'm surprised there were any ratings with so few viewers.
Marilyn Stern September 15, 2020
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Some cheered and some grumbled, but the games went on. Remember. ANYTHING that profits the NFL is a vote supporting the NFL giving America, the Military, and Law Enforcement, a double middle finger salute.
bob September 15, 2020
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If I want to watch mindless, trained animals perform tricks, I'll catch the circus when its in town........
Taterrr September 15, 2020
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Never understood why these week minded IDIOTS wanna drop a great career an fabulous paychecks. Owe yeah because there STEWPID. Like the Hollywhaks they think we care about there OPINION. Guess what WE DONT. All major sports have literally shot themselves in the foot. Hey guys when the layoffs start dont tell future job prospects you were a PROTESTER. Believe me you wont WORK.
Gerald D Cline Jr September 15, 2020
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They can play football or play politics, not both. I have no interest in their political views. BOYCOT THE NFL...!?!?!
Mary McClane September 15, 2020
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I don't even miss them. This is what happens when you deliberately set out to offend your meal tickets.
Bridget Mcallister September 15, 2020
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Good! And it will keep declining because those that kneel don’t deserve fans.
John Markie September 15, 2020
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I am going to guess the NFL ratings are in the tank because all of the audience was watching all of the other sports that were being aired on TV at the same time... Oh wait, there wasn’t any other sports on then....Gee Mr. Commissioner, just why weren’t we watching? Maybe, just maybe your fan base is SMARTER than you give us credit for....Bye Bye pro sports— it was fun while it lasted
Cotton September 15, 2020
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If they'd just play their little game and stay out of politicizing sports, then people would not be finished with sporting events ... I expect ratings to continue to drop off until televised sporting events end, or the teams politicizing the games during game times ends ! Personally, sports no longer being televised works great for me !
MontanaTrace September 15, 2020
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We watched your entertainment to escape the stresses of the day. You changed that. We've moved on to other forms of entertainment. I miss you but less each week.
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