NFL Wildcard Playoff Ratings Crash 14% Versus 2017

The NFL simply can't catch a ratings break since President Trump ignited a firestorm for the league by highlighting the constant player protests during the singing of the national anthem.

Of course, just last weekend the league was forced to cancel Sunday night football for the first time in over a decade.  While the decision was passed off by the NFL as a "fan fairness" issue given that the game fell on New Years Eve, something tells us they just didn't want to read media reports about the abysmal ratings that would have resulted from such a game.

“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. windows,” NFL broadcast chief Howard Katz said in a statement.

Now we learn from Sports Illustrated that all four of the league's wild card games this past weekend were a complete ratings disaster.  Overall, ratings were down 14% versus last year's wild card weekend and the New Orleans game came in as the weekend's biggest loser with ratings down a staggering 21%.

Titans-Chiefs (14.7) was down 11 percent versus last year's Raiders-Texans game.

Falcons-Rams (14.9) was down 10 percent versus last year's Lions-Seahawks game.

Bills-Jaguars (17.2) was down 10 percent versus last year's Dolphins-Steelers game.

Panthers-Saints (20.4) was down 21 percent versus last year's Giants-Packers game.

Of course, amid the ongoing dispute between the NFL and the White House, one has to wonder whether President Trump's mid-field appearance for the national anthem during the National Championship game last night in Atlanta was motivated as much by his desire to take a jab at the NFL as his love for college football...

Comments

NoDebt MarshalJimDuncan Jan 9, 2018 5:53 PM Permalink

I haven't watched a single NFL game this year.  And used to follow the Eagles religiously.  Slacked off a little last year- didn't like where I saw the league going.  Now cold-turkey this year.  Figures the one year I don't watch they put a decent team together (which is one of the signs of the apocalypse, in case you were wondering).  

Of course, Wentz gets injured late in the season and now it all looks like it's going to end in typical Eagles season fashion- early playoffs blow-out.

 

In reply to by MarshalJimDuncan

J S Bach NoDebt Jan 9, 2018 5:55 PM Permalink

This morning, my morbid curiosity compelled me to watch the highlights from last night's College Football Championship game.  I always like to see those brilliant scholars' athletic abilities on display.

What struck me more than the exciting closing moments on the field were the reactions by the (mostly white) fans in bar rooms and stadia across the south.  You'd think that Robert E. Lee himself had just graced them with his honorable presence.  But, no... these idiots in pale derma were cheering from the top of their lungs for essentially Africans who attend their local institutions of higher learning based solely on their ability to throw, catch and run with an oblong ball.  The whole thing is so surreal that it beggars explanation.  All that comes to mind is... what would their great-grandparents think? 

In reply to by NoDebt

greenskeeper carl MarshalJimDuncan Jan 9, 2018 6:26 PM Permalink

They have, because a too large percentage of the players are scumbags. I went from a frequent NFL watcher to 'occasionally' 3 or 4 years ago. Really haven't watched hardly at all in the last two. Don't know about you guys, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the numbers for this year's super bowl. I know I won't be watching. And, despite not hardly watching a single game last season, I DID watch part of the super bowl. Not this time, though.

In reply to by MarshalJimDuncan

DrData02 J S Bach Jan 9, 2018 6:27 PM Permalink

Supporting any of these college or pro teams is simply stupid.  Their players DON'T represent their constituency.  What does it matter whether Auburn or Clemson (pick your names) wins?  Does that make your school a better anything?  The coach is paid more than the entire faculties of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering.  THAT MAKES you proud of your institution of higher education????  And no and on and on.  It no longer makes any sense to watch or support this crap in any form whatsoever.

In reply to by J S Bach

gearjammers1 DrData02 Jan 9, 2018 7:26 PM Permalink

Say what you like about football. Being a Washington Redskins fan in the 1980s was a hell of lot of fun. Coach Gibbs took us to four Superbowls. And the Redskins had the best offensive line in history, called the Hogs. The Hogs were all white. Say what you like about Washington DC. It was once one of the greatest towns on earth. I left DC 25 years ago, and I know the spics have ruined it since then. DC was a football town . Sunday mornings the entire city gets eerily quiet. No traffic on the streets.

In reply to by DrData02

Bollixed gearjammers1 Jan 9, 2018 8:55 PM Permalink

"Say what you like about Washington DC. It was once one of the greatest towns on earth."

I was born in DC, in fact I was 5th generation DC. It used to be one kick ass town. I left when Eisenhower was prez but used to go back regularly until the '70s. That town has no resemblance to the old DC as far as I can tell. It was changing even back then. I can't imagine what life is like there now.

In reply to by gearjammers1

Dilluminati peopledontwanttruth Jan 9, 2018 6:24 PM Permalink

On any other year this fan would have not watched if my team hadn't done so well.  I actually caught most of the playoffs this weekend and if the ratings are that down on a historic low in temperatures as it was in PA last weekend, then next season will be worse.  In college the highlight was some kid saying "fuck trump" and guess what?? Fuck College football instead!

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/01/08/an-alabama-football-player-had-…

 

In reply to by peopledontwanttruth

Algo Rhythm NoDebt Jan 9, 2018 6:16 PM Permalink

We are in the process of breaking down play calling, peanalities, player performance and results Vs. bookmaking and the line. The data suggests the outcomes are pre-known. It's been a difficult process and some of it is subjective but pretty sure the NFL is rigged and fake. Hell, they don't even wear a cup anymore which suggests lack of danger. Protect the peene you idiots.

In reply to by NoDebt

Simplifiedfrisbee NoDebt Jan 9, 2018 11:54 PM Permalink

Glad fake fans like yourself are no longer watching the Eagles. I’ll be drinking my tea as I watch foles throw a mediocre game. 

 

Also, live streams are eating away at television ratings. Being that the Tylers cater to xenophobic racists who are stuck in the 90s, it is no wonder they don’t Report the reality of today’s world. One would think that former president Obama would have stolen your guns by now! Wait, according to SNL, he might run again! Right wing snowflakes. God bless!

In reply to by NoDebt

Mr Hankey Chupacabra-322 Jan 9, 2018 6:28 PM Permalink

#FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE #FLAGWANKGATE  oh,and did I mention #   JIGGYBALLGATE?????

In reply to by Chupacabra-322