If Week 1 was rough for the National Football League’s ratings, Week 2 may be sending the league’s top brass into a panic.
The NY Post reports:
Ratings in Weeks 1 and 2 were down 12 and 15 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen.
These overall weekly ratings reflect declines in viewership in 9 of the 13 broadcast slots for NFL games in the first two weeks of the season. One analyst believes media companies could lose $200 million from loss of earnings from advertising if the trend continues through the rest of the season.
The NFL’s troubles in Week 1 were blamed on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, it is starting to look like more and more viewers are simply deciding not to watch NFL games and that could be related to the politicization of the sport over the last few years.
Remember, polling has shown 44% of fans would stop watching if the controversial national anthem protests continued.
We’ll continue to monitor the NFL’s season to see if fans are indeed fed up. In the meantime, make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter so you can receive regular updates from 2ndVote.