NFL Week 3 sees boost in TV ratings

NFL Week 3 sees boost in TV ratings

A number of media outlets-and the NFL-are pointing out that ratings for Week 3 were actually up when you factor in the Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Here in the Stateline, preliminary ratings indicate that National Football League viewership is up. The Bears' game on FOX-39 during the 2017 opening game registered a 23.66 rating vs.a 23.19 rating the previous year.

CBS said its overall game coverage on Sunday averaged 11.9 percent of households that tuned in, up 4 percent from last year's week three coverage.

THE FACTS: NFL games shown to a national audience averaged 16.04 million viewers for the first two weeks of this season, down 11 percent from the 18.1 million people who watched during the same period a year ago, the Nielsen company said.

The Nielsen figures also don't include numerous Sunday afternoon games that are shown to a regional audience, but not a national one.

WXIA fact checkers can VERIFY that ratings were lower for Sunday night's games on some networks but higher on another.

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The networks saw huge boosts for their pregame shows, though.

Next week's ratings will be even more closely watched, since conservative groups and Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity have called for people angered by the protests to boycott this weekend's games. Both networks tackled the political news of the weekend.

Trump and others have professed that the NFL's ratings are down due to players kneeling, sitting or raising their fist during the national anthem. "Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!" That wasn't the case this past Sunday, as the growing protest of players to President Trump's tweets made the anthem newsworthy. Forbes notes that the rise of internet streaming likely accounts for the NFL's declining cable ratings, compounded more recently by the spate of hurricanes that have hit the south and east coasts.

Other networks had to deal with National Football League games running longer than the time they were allotted on television.

Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) and Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Carter (55) kneel with teammates during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field.

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