'Sunday Night Football' Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests

'Sunday Night Football' Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests

Sunday night's game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders scored an 11.6/20, meaning that an estimated 11.6 percent of all metered-market households watched the game and an estimated 20 percent of homes using a television at the time watched, Deadline reports. Overnight ratings for its singleheader slate of games were down 16% compared to last year's week 3 numbers.

Heading into this past weekend, NFL ratings were down 9 percent, PolitiFact reported, but that was before Thursday night's exciting game between the Rams and 49ers, which out performed the NFL Network's week three game a year ago.

CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to a year ago, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010.

NBC said 11.6 percent of households tuned into the game, down from 12.9 percent who viewed the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys in last season's week three. That number represents the low-mark for the telecast during the three-week old season and is down 9 percent over last week and 11 percent from past year. Both networks tackled the political news of the weekend.

At a rally in Alabama and in a series of tweets over the weekend, the president criticized National Football League players for kneeling during the anthem. Started in 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the protests began to spread like a virus across the National Football League and also metastasized into other sports. ESPN, which also abandoned some of its usual pregame chatter to talk politics, plans to air the anthem live on "Monday Night Football".