The regular season was a ratings disaster for the NFL.
Anti-American protests led patriotic Americans to tuning out on Sunday.
But the NFL had no idea it was going to get this bad.
Ratings for all four divisional playoff games were down to the lowest level in a decade.
Fans had no interest in the games despite three of the four being competitive games and he Saints-Vikings game featuring an ending for the ages.
“Well, the ratings have been tabulated from this past weekend and, unfortunately for the NFL, the numbers do not look good.
According to SportsBusiness Daily, the ratings for all four games fell to the lowest level in nearly a decade.
According to Pro Football Talk, “The good news, if there is any, comes from the fact that the 21.8 rating generated by the Saints-Vikings in the late afternoon/early evening slot was only 0.1 lower than the 21.9 for Steelers-Chiefs last January, even though that game was played in prime time. The bad news is that the apples-to-apples comparison — the late-afternoon Sunday game between the Packers and Cowboys — churned a 28.2.
“The Jaguars-Steelers game played at 1:05 p.m. ET posted a 20.4, the lowest overnight rating in that window in 15 years.
“For the Saturday games, the 17.4 rating coming from Falcons-Eagles was down from last year’s 18.3 from the Seahawks-Falcons contest; that’s the lowest since Ravens-Titans in that same spot drew a 17.0 in early 2009. The 16.6 overnight for the Titans-Patriots game on Saturday night was the lowest since Cardinals-Panthers in early 2009.”
The number one reason given in every public poll as to why fans stopped tuning in to the NFL was the player protests.
Fans were sick of millionaire athletes smearing American as an evil and racist country.
Some pundits figured the fan boycott would lose steam as the season went along and that the playoffs would reel back in wayward fans.
That obviously not the case.