Ratings Down for All Four NFL Playoff Games, Chiefs-Titans Least Watched in 5 Years
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Ratings Down for All Four NFL Playoff Games, Chiefs-Titans Least Watched in 5 Years

Following a regular season where most NFL fans decided they had better things to do on Sunday afternoons than watch football; it appears those same fans still have better things to do on Saturdays and Sundays in the postseason.
The first round of playoffs suffered double-digit ratings drops, as the NFL begins the most important part of its calendar year, Awful Announcing reported.

Saturday’s Tennessee Titans-Kansas City Chiefs game didn’t deliver for ESPN or ABC, losing two full ratings points over last year’s game. The game drew a 14.7 overnight rating compared to last years 16.6 for the Houston Texans-L.A. Raiders game. It was the worst rating since 2012, Awful Announcing said.

Later that evening, the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams game did only a little better, seeing a similar if not quite as bad ratings loss.

According to SportsTVRatings, the Falcons-Rams game lost 10 percent over last year’s game.

Sunday’s Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills matchup earned better ratings than the Saturday games, but it was still a 21 percent loss over the 2016 season’s game, Josh Carpenter noted.

“Fox drew a 20.4 rating yesterday for Saints-Panthers, down 21% from a 25.9 last year in same window (Giants-Packers). CBS drew a 17.2 for Jags-Bills, down 10% from last year (Steelers-Dolphins),” Carpenter wrote.

These Wild Card game ratings come after a season of some of the worst ratings in NFL history. By some estimates, the 2017 regular NFL season is down nearly 10 points from 2016.

It should be noted that the 2016 season itself saw an 8 percent tumble over the numbers from 2015; with the sports media claiming it was all due to a raucous 2016 presidential election season.

But with the 2016 election long ago decided, one wonders what their excuse is for this year.



  1. Claudia Branch

    January 9, 2018 at 1:28 am

    The American people is not going to come to a football game when the player disrespects them not standing for the national anthem.


      January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      I Totally Agree Claudia!! Until The NFL Decides To Make It A Rule That The Players Stand For our National Anthem My T.V Will Not Be Tuned Into Any Football Game! Its Disgraceful & I Will Not Support Spoiled Millionaires Doing It!!

  2. John

    January 9, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Maybe the HFL will begin to get the idea that the players need to stand during the national anthem.

  3. Séamus Ó Muineacháin

    January 9, 2018 at 3:28 am

    It is a sign of respect to stand for the national anthem – to do otherwise is inappropriate and a sign of disrespect. I do not & I will not pay to watch anybody disrespect the national anthem.

  4. Paul

    January 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Godel Has to realize that even if the players do stand. The damage has been done. The NFL Leadership had to publicly announce that it condemns this behavior. Or they will continue to
    wither away. Certainly I see allot of player contracts being re-negotiated downward. The NFL has carefully built there world and we have enjoyed it. But this Sickening disconnect with there fan base is the worst thing they could of done. Dance in the endzone idiots. We could care less. OH it looks like a movie Marathon kinda Sunday, lol

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