Sunday night, Monday night Week 13 ratings up significantly

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The nattering nabobs of NFL negativism are having their agenda disrupted, at least for a week.

As to Week 13 of the 2017 regular season, multiple key TV numbers jumped dramatically in comparison to Week 13 of the 2016 regular season. According to SportsBusiness Journal, the ratings for NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Seahawks) showed a 14-percent increase over last year’s Week 13 prime-time game, which pitted the Panthers against Seattle. It was the third straight week that Sunday Night Football has seen a year-to-year ratings bump.

The Monday night numbers improved even more significantly, with Steelers-Bengals driving a 30-percent increase over last year’s Colts-Jets game.

For the year, Monday Night Football ratings are down three percent in comparison to 2016, which is hardly great news but a far cry from the doom and gloom that those with an anti-NFL agenda would have casual fans believe.

The worst news for Week 13 was that the late-afternoon doubleheader game (Panthers at Saints) on FOX saw a 17.5-percent drop in comparison to last year’s Giants-Steelers game. Which underscores the extent to which ratings are still driven by triple threat of star players (Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown), big markets (New York), and national brands (the Steelers).

For Week 14, significant games like Saints-Falcons (Thursday night), Eagles-Rams (4:25 p.m. ET Sunday), and Ravens-Steelers (Sunday night) should see solid numbers. The weak link could be Patriots-Dolphins on Monday night, although the involvement of New England should help boost the final rating.

31 responses to “Sunday night, Monday night Week 13 ratings up significantly

  1. Does not matter. Goodell’s spin is too late.

    “As Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones, and the NFL engage in an ugly internal fight over the future leadership of the NFL, TV partners at CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC are staring at their own internal conflicts — namely a substantial decline in NFL ratings that is on pace to cost the four networks up to $500 million in lost revenue.

    Already several hundred million in lost revenue has been booked in 2017 and it has the league’s top executives and television partners scrambling to figure out what went wrong. How did a league that was setting ratings records in 2015 suddenly see its audience fall by nearly 20% just two years later.

    While much of the attention has focused on the protests, according to ongoing conversations with several people close to the league and its television partners over the past couple of months, the ratings decline that will cost the TV partners up to $500 million can actually be attributed to four primary factors.”

  2. To some people, everything is a conspiracy. The moon landing to TV ratings.

    It seems to be a dangerous thing to only believe what you “feel” like believing.
    Some probably call others cupcakes or snowflakes from the safety of their bubble of protective belief’s.

  3. Too bad, NFL – – the ninnies have decided that Steelers-Bengals football is too tough to be shown any more. No more prime time games involving the AFC North next year, right?

  4. Further proof that the “boycott” people are untruthful. Veterans Day weekend came and went without a peep regarding a massive boycott. The commenters disingenuously claiming, on a NFL dedicated website, to be boycotting have always continued to watch.

    Not a single person has boycotted NFL telecasts. Those who claim to have were always using the anthem issue as a vehicle to express racial prejudice. Otherwise they would have been denouncing the thousands of people milling around stadiums during the anthem many years ago.

  5. how can this be?

    you’d think that with the silent majority boycotting all games, that ratings would be down at least 50%. I mean, a majority is greater than 50%, right?

  6. The weak link on Monday nights is Jon Gruden. ESPN news is bad but the MNF crew would actually would be tolerable now, if it weren’t for him kissing his own behind for 3 hours.

  7. I enjoyed the game last night. Typical Bengals/Steelers. Thought the refs were pretty bad/inconsistent. But, that’s football. Good game.

  8. Curious, how much examination of the numbers have been done when comparing 2015, 2016 and 2017 TV numbers when you compare like to like comparisons. In that time, two teams have moved in the LA market (Rams in 2016 and Chargers in 2017). If the LA market is being treated the same as the NY market for game blackout purposes. I forget the rules but I know there are some instances where a TV market only gets one 1 PM game and one late afternoon game instead of 3 games (usually two 1 PM games and 1 late afternoon game). I know this issue only comes up about once a season in DC but when I lived in NYC it was more frequent.

    Further, how do the numbers compare now that the national late afternoon game is less likely to be seen in LA. Prior to the Rams moving back, IIRC the LA market always got the national game, now it only gets either a Chargers game or Rams game which might be the national game. Just wondering how much of a comparison is done on the micro-level.

  9. The worst news for Week 13 was that the late-afternoon doubleheader game (Panthers at Saints) on FOX saw a 17.5-percent drop in comparison to last year’s Giants-Steelers game. Which underscores the extent to which ratings are still driven by triple threat of star players (Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown), big markets (New York), and national brands (the Steelers)

    Or people are sick of Joe Buck??

  10. Sean McDonough is awful there are too many flags but he was yelling not to watch it. He just ruins MNF for me.

  11. is hardly great news but a far cry from the doom and gloom that those with an anti-NFL agenda would have casual fans believe.
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    Just because somebody wants lower ratings doesn’t mean they have an anti NFL agenda. It’s possible they’re tired of watching a product they love being destroyed and dismantled on a weekly basis and they want to see significant changes in leadership and in the entitled spoiled athletes

  12. I hope the salary cap goes down about $25-30 mill next year. Owners can then tell the players it’s their fault, and not be lying.

  13. Or people are sick of Joe Buck??

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    often made, however still interesting point.

    I tend to watch:
    1. All Patriots games because I am a Patriots fan.
    2. Games that involve teams that are the top competition for the Pats.
    3. Games involving teams I dislike, hoping they will lose.

    after that, at my age it has more to do with whether or not I have something better to do. for these games, if I choose to watch, the tv crew can sometimes have a big impact.

    I really don’t like listening to Buck, and Aikman isn’t much better. I have a hard time listening to Dan Fouts, but the Pats games seem to get him a lot. If these guys are doing a game that is not particularly interesting to me, it can be hard to watch.

    On the other hand, Tony Romo has been refreshing to listen to….he picks up on team trends and adjustments quicker than anyone I can remember. I may watch a game he’s doing just because I like his style, even if the teams weren’t the most interesting to me.

  14. peytonwantsaflag says:
    December 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Just because somebody wants lower ratings doesn’t mean they have an anti NFL agenda. It’s possible they’re tired of watching a product they love being destroyed and dismantled on a weekly basis and they want to see significant changes in leadership and in the entitled spoiled athletes

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    fair enough. But that’s YOUR perspective. And although there are many that will agree with you, don’t automatically assume or claim that it is everyone’s view.

  15. Football has always drawn audiences for compelling matchups with 2 good teams on the field from significantly sized and established fan bases. You are going to generally get positive results. However look at the comparisons and that’s where the story is. That Colts/Jets Monday Night game last year was a total dog. The 3-8 Jets were lifeless last year at this time and and the 5-6 Colts were a mediocre team that doesn’t have a heavy national following like it used to when Peyton was the face of the franchise. The score of that game was 41-10 and it was a terribly played game. Given that, I’m not surprised the ratings for the down to the wire and somewhat compelling Steelers/Bengals game were up. That 30% is more a knock on how bad that Jets / Colts game was on paper and in reality last year. That Panthers/Seahawks game last year was a 40-7 beatdown of the 4-7 Panthers who were not good by the 7-3-1 Seahawks. Not a compelling matchup. The compelling matchup was the 8-3 Giants team playing at the 6-5 Steelers last year – 2 good teams that have significantly sized and established television audiences. Sure, you can look at it as a victory this week but only the FOX game was going up against a similar type of compelling matchup and while the audience tanked, the audience was going to be less anyway because the main markets of NO and Charlotte are not as big as NY & Pit and NY & Pit have more of a national following. However 17.5% is rather large given that both games (NYG/Pit & CAR/NO) weren’t blowouts. I have a hard time believing it was the announcer since he did both games. That 17.5% would be a cause for worry because all things considered, the 2 FOX games were good matchups and not blowouts and while the CAR/NO component isn’t as big as NYG/PIT component, it’s not 17.5% less if the national audience supposedly still loves football as much as this article wants to make you think they do.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:

    That’s bad news for the anthem zealots/fake patriots.
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    A fake patriot is one who tries to claim that protesting symbols of our country is actually patriotic.

  17. “A fake patriot is one who tries to claim that protesting symbols of our country is actually patriotic”.

    No one is protesting against any symbols of our country. Of course, you already knew that. The illuminating thing is that, by continuing to perpetuate that false narrative, you continue to expose your bigotry.

  18. The match ups are better…less people are watching early games and then when they get home from their daily activities they decide theyll flick on SNF before they go to bed..Its like when your parents were not angry at you but disappointed, worse.

  19. Despite being a “small market” people tend to ‘tune in’ when Seattle plays any other good team in a Sunday or Monday night time slot. Seattle is something like 24-5 in those games as well.

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