Monday Night Football down again

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If the NFL’s TV ratings were a baseball player, he’d be batting ninth. In a National League lineup. (I know a little bit more about baseball than you think.)

The game between the Bears and Vikings generated the lowest overnight rating for a Week Eight Monday night contest since ESPN acquired the package in 2006. Prior to that, ABC televised Monday Night Football to much larger numbers.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, the 7.2 rating marked an 18-percent drop in comparison to Colts-Panthers from 2015. That game featured an undefeated Carolina team. This year, a previously 5-1 Vikings team sleepwalked through 60 minutes of action against the previously 1-6 Bears.

Next Monday’s game features the Bills at the Seahawks. The next potentially compelling MNF game comes in nearly four weeks, when the Eagles host the Packers.

43 responses to “Monday Night Football down again

  1. IT’S THE PROTESTS. Every other variable is unchanged from last year. Are college football ratings down? NOOOO. Were NFL preseason ratings down? NOOOO. Did the NFL ratings drop precipitously AS SOON AS the protests started? YESSSS. Figure it out Goodell.

  2. Goodell and his cronies must go !

    Keep not watching folks, that’s the best way to get rid of the most corrupt sports commissioner in modern American history

  3. didn’t watch the commercials with a little bit of football thrown in…read a book instead and went to bed…got up in the middle of the night, had some ice cream, and read the recap of the game…it was all I needed…

  4. Seems like the perfect storm of scheduling conflicts for the NFL lately. Yes, ratings are down a little. But matched up on Sunday night against a possibly historic World Series clinching game was a losing battle. And what are most people going to do on Halloween, watch the Vikings (who are not as good as their record) play the Bears (who suck) or participate in the holiday festivities with friends and family?

  5. “Next Monday’s game features the Bills at the Seahawks.”

    Buffalo should never play in prime time, what a colossal mistake.

  6. It will be interesting to see if Zim can navigate this viking ship through these stormy seas. Personally, I don’t think he has the temperament. I see a lot of Mike Tice in him, awesome in his support role, but he just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to lead the whole team.

  7. The NFL shouldn’t be all that surpised. 5-1 vs 1-6 doesn’t exactly scream game of the year.

    Also, whatever his name is that replaced Mike Tirico doesn’t help

  8. Three prime-time games a week is way too much even for the most die-hard fans. It’s also hard to imagine a team like the Bears (there season essentially over before Halloween) brings many eye-balls to the TV. There just aren’t enough quality matchups to go around these days. Wonder what (if any) uptick happens when the election and World Series are over in a week.

  9. dannyabramowitz says:
    Nov 1, 2016 1:24 PM

    IT’S THE PROTESTS. Every other variable is unchanged from last year. Are college football ratings down? NOOOO. Were NFL preseason ratings down? NOOOO. Did the NFL ratings drop precipitously AS SOON AS the protests started? YESSSS. Figure it out Goodell.

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    Baloney. The real problem is that the on-field product sucks. Too many flags, too many commercials, and a lot of poorly played football have much more to do with the decline in viewership than a couple guys mildly protesting social injustice.

    Factor in the off-season NFL drama, with all the lawsuits, and the NFL suspending one of it’s most popular players over what was quite frankly nonsense from the get go, and there is more than enough reason for people to turn away. I watch much less football than I used to, and frankly couldn’t care less about Kap’s protest.

  10. 1) too many prime time games
    2)Cubs vs Indians makes for the most compelling World Series in a decade at least.
    3) Cord cutting is killing anything not on main broadcast channels. I no longer pay the upgrade for ESPN and NFLN. Games on streaming or on Fox/CBS/NBC are the only games I’ll watch this year unless I happen to be at a bar.

    It ain’t the protests… 5-10 minutes at the beginning of a game where people are usually getting the last chips and dip setup prior to kickoff is not the issue.

  11. ……the NFL is basically losing all it’s appeal. The older guys remember when you watched a game and saw great hits & MAYBE only 6 penalities were called the entire game. NOW we have 6 penalities within 15 minuties of the game…..the PEOPLE are speaking with there remote……excellent….I like it when the average Joe can make a difference…

  12. Tina Kane the busybody says:
    Nov 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    It will be interesting to see if Zim can navigate this viking ship through these stormy seas. Personally, I don’t think he has the temperament. I see a lot of Mike Tice in him, awesome in his support role, but he just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to lead the whole team.
    _________

    Great take. I also think we should completely disregard the first 38 games of Zimmer’s career and only pay attention to the last two. I’m calling for his immediate firing and I demand Brad Childress be brought back.

  13. .
    Oakland Tampa Submitted for your review :

    Penalties :

    Oakland 23 / 200 yards
    Tampa 6 / 64 yards

    The Bucs actually gained more yardage through penalties than from their own passing game (200 – 168)
    .

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Nov 1, 2016 2:15 PM
    Tina Kane the busybody says:
    Nov 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    It will be interesting to see if Zim can navigate this viking ship through these stormy seas. Personally, I don’t think he has the temperament. I see a lot of Mike Tice in him, awesome in his support role, but he just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to lead the whole team.
    _________

    Great take. I also think we should completely disregard the first 38 games of Zimmer’s career and only pay attention to the last two. I’m calling for his immediate firing and I demand Brad Childress be brought back.

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    Wow, salty.

    It’s easier to coach when there are low expectations and no pressure. Expectations were high for the Vikes because of the 5-0 run, the measure of a coach is how does he handle adversity? How does he motivate his team and get them through the tough spots? I’m not sure staging stuffed animal massacres and publicly shaming the OL is the approach championship coaches take. That’s all I’m saying. Relax, I’m sure you’ll bounce back against the Lions.

  15. Oh my, the game just drags on now.

    The refs throw the yellow flag, then get together in a group hug, talk about it, then go to the sidelines to ask the couch what to do and play resumes….. untill the next tickey tac foul and we go through the same thing again.

    Then we have…was it a catch or was it not a catch…were his feet in bounds or not, did he fumble the ball…was his knee down…we’ll see replays adnosium.

    Oh let us not forget 10 cents fine for being a bad boy.

    Or, naughty, naughty, here’s a few million dollars just don’t tell anyone you beat up your wife.

  16. I can guarantee you the the owners will add 4 additional teams to the playoffs next year. The corporate sponsors will demand it.

  17. Arrogant NFL finding out that they do not have a captive audience—people actually have other things that they can do and fans can be pushed only so far before they turn to alternatives

  18. No wonder the ratings were down, it was the Bears and the Vikings. The Bears can’t attract an audience all by themselves and the Viking faithful were too busy trolling Packers stories. It must really be a thorn in the pride of the Minnesota fans that the next compelling game contains the best team in the NFC North, The 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers. It’s time for Minnesota to re-embrace the suck.

  19. Um folks, you do understand that the wave of those coming into our country are primarily soccer fans, not football. That’s a speed train that every league needs to understand.

  20. The games just aren’t that good anymore. To many rules, way to much media coverage. There are football shows on 24/7 the over saturation is ridiculous. The beauty of the NFL before was Sunday and one game on Monday. The Thanksgiving games were great, but now we have football every Thursday. There just isn’t the anticipation waiting for the games like before. Too much of anything isn’t good even for the NFL.

  21. …the ONE thing thats appealing this year is when they play in London…the game is on at 9:30 am EST. Don’t like the games being played in England but I sure do like waking up and having my coffee and watching some football. Get rid of the Sunday night games or the Thursday night game and have a Sunday MORNING game…….

  22. themightywhitey says:
    Nov 1, 2016 2:08 PM
    Mark Cuban called it ……..!!!!!!

    Then he, as everyone else who thinks so, were a decade late to the party. I watch about fifteen hours of football a week, read practically every story here and a couple other places and write about what I saw. Oversaturation is a scare tactic reguritated by feebs who watch fox news and lack any critical thinking skills. But that’s just my humble opinion.

  23. 6ball says:
    Nov 1, 2016 2:21 PM
    .
    Oakland Tampa Submitted for your review :

    Penalties :

    Oakland 23 / 200 yards
    Tampa 6 / 64 yards

    The Bucs actually gained more yardage through penalties than from their own passing game (200 – 168)

    And they should have had more on that blatant helmet to helmet shot that probably would have ended the game in regulation. I’m all about letting the players decide the game with there play, but that was beyond ridiculous.

  24. By the way Koetter was a moron for accepting that penalty on 3rd and 26 giving Oakland another shot at a first down, even though the didn’t make it. Tampa’s D was on the field way to much. Freakin three and outs in the fourth quarter ain’t gettin it either.

  25. Ratings down and you don’t know why? Sean McDonough is HORRIBLE.he must have been the only one interviewed for the play by play for MNF. I used to think the announcers really didn’t have much impact but Sean McDonough proved that theory to be wrong. I’m sure ESPN has figured it out by now they made a mistake.

  26. There are many factors but the one I haven’t seen talked about is daily fantasy football… Many people tried DFS for the first time last year and experienced the thrill, only to recognize the roller coaster it becomes. If season long fantasy sports are alcohol, then DFS is crack… it’s an ultimate high follow-up by quick burn out. Once these casual players loose their bankroll they can’t go back to enjoying the game like they used to. Watching the game becomes bland without the thrill of big money on the line. So, for those who can resist the urge to gamble away their life savings, the next best option is to stop watching.

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