As NFL players go into their second month of national anthem protests, the ratings for this week’s edition of “Sunday Night Football” are in — and it’s not pretty.
The “SNF” matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions was down a brutal 25 percent from last week’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Further, Game 5 of the World Series demolished the NFL in viewers on Sunday night by roughly 36 percent.
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With that, as the league and broadcasters have been losing ratings traction and snared in political controversy this season, last night’s Week 8 NFL game is down a hard 25% for SNF from last week’s gridiron battle. That Super Bowl LI re-match saw the New England Patriots blow out the Atlanta Falcons 23-7.
Year-to-year, Sunday’s Steelers’ win fell 17% from the comparable October 30, 2016 face-off when the big draw Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23.
Hours earlier on Sunday, the majority of Houston Texans players took a knee during the national anthem to protest comments recently made by the team’s owner, Bob McNair.
McNair reportedly told other NFL owners in a recent meeting, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
Texans players also reportedly considered peeling the decals off their helmets as an act of protest. They ultimately decided to kneel.