NFL Ratings Down Nationally in Wake of Protests, But Up Locally

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However, as NBC points out in their article, the Monday night Cowboys game greatly skews the ratings because last year's Week 3 game had to compete with a presidential debate. "People are watching less and the thing people don't realize is that NFL's decline got a lot of attention last season but the decline was happening before that".

Across Monday's and all of Sunday's games, even the dampened showing from NBC's marquee primetime showdown, gross overnight ratings for league showdowns weren't off from those of 2016.

Trump has also charged that National Football League games have been losing fans, saying in a Twitter post on Sunday that "attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN".

When considering just the Sunday games, ratings were down from previous year.

For the week of September 18-24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Oakland at Washington, NBC, 17.48 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 15.64 million; "60 Minutes", CBS, 14.83 million; "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 14.7 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick", NBC, 13.78 million; NFL Football: Detroit at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 12.29 million; "Dancing With the Stars", ABC, 10.72 million; "Football Night in America, Part 3", NBC, 10.62 million; "Star Trek: Discovery", CBS, 9.49 million; NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, NFLN, 7.46 million. The controversy could be bad news for television networks, if vast numbers of viewers decide to tune out all at once.

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The Security Council was aware of the crippling effect of the textile export ban. "But sanctions are not the panacea", Wang said. The industry that took hold in the 1970s offers thousands of jobs to a largely poor population and helps close a trade deficit.

Trump's comments led to plenty of discussion on the National Football League pregame shows on Sunday and continues to be heavily covered on not just the sports networks, but the news networks as well. And are the NFL's TV ratings sinking overall?

The "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals made for the strongest ratings for a "MNF" game this season. Nielsen will release viewership data on Tuesday.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said, to NFL.com at the time. The show began with a shot of the sidelines of the Ravens-Jaguars game in London that had already started, followed by cast intros and host Sam Ponder "introducing Trump's "son of a bitch" comment (with no bleeps) at an Alabama rally".

LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills kneels during the national anthem on Sunday in Orchard Park, New York.

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