MNF ratings hit all-time low

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More than 80 million watched the presidential debate on Monday night. For every 10 debate viewers, one watched Monday Night Football.

Via Richard Deitsch of SI.com, only 8.047 million watched the Falcons-Saints game. Based on numbers published Monday by SportsBusiness Daily, that’s the smallest total TV viewership in the 46-year history of the franchise.

Given the intense interest in the presidential campaign and shrinking prime-time viewership in eight of nine evening games played this year (relative to the same slots in 2015), it’s mildly surprising the total audience wasn’t even lower than that.

The NFL will try to rebound in Week Four, with the NFL Network-only broadcast of Dolphins-Bengals on Thursday night, Chiefs-Steelers on Sunday night, and Giants-Vikings on Monday night.

47 responses to “MNF ratings hit all-time low

  1. For some reason, NFC South is just a turn off for me. I’m really looking forward to Chiefs vs. Steelers.

  2. There was a time, like last year, when I would have recorded the debates and watched the game live……

  3. More drama to the debate, after all unfortunately one of them will (shudder) win the election. Neither of those teams is going to win much of anything.

  4. Yeah. Finding out whether or not america is going to elect a sociopathic con-man to the most powerful office in the world is a little more interesting than seeing a week 3 football game.

  5. It’s almost if a group of people at ESPN were like, “Who could we get that is boring and will put everyone to sleep?”

    Sean McDonough is awful. Gruden looks like he is working twice as hard to keep a conversation going.

  6. People wanted to see if Donny was gonna lose it.. simply more entertaining than that game was. I like Drew Brees as a person. Why no one is calling him out as a money over wins guy is CRAZY to me.

  7. mascadcar says:
    Sep 27, 2016 5:18 PM
    Numbers will continue to decline as long as uninformed people continue to kneel or put their fists up.
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    Sure. Whatever is fitting your narrative.

    The fact is “your boy” summoned you in front of your television. And you dutifully submitted with expectations and hopes that he would heal your fearful soul. And now here you are dejected and seeking approval

  8. Simple why the ratings are down…1) a debate with presidents…2) wrestling on Monday….3) Gotham.

    But the key reason for the low rating. The teams in this game. Not many fans care to see either of those teams

  9. .
    I’ve yet to hear someone mention the fact that Goodell’s parity plan has been a dismal failure. Each year in the last decade has pretty much featured the same cast of characters. New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Denver in the AFC. Seattle, Green Bay, and recently Arizona and Carolina in the NFC. More than half the teams are essentially eliminated before the season starts.

    Now you know why Goodell went after the Patriots with such a vengeance.
    .

  10. “With great power comes great responsibility”

    Goodell is abusing his power and it’s starting to show in the fan base for all teams.

    I’ve read many posts where people are saying they only watch their team on TV now.

    The players will go to the bargaining table with a tremendous amount of ammo (thanks to but not just) over exposure of all the flaws in the Deflategate debacle.

    And I have to think this will be the first time the players will have a huge fan base for support. The fans are tired of the spokesman for the billionaire owners and his rule making sidekick…

    Go Pats!!!

  11. buffalosunshine says:
    Sep 27, 2016 5:32 PM
    I like Drew Brees as a person. Why no one is calling him out as a money over wins guy is CRAZY to me.
    ++++++++++++++

    Because people have gotten past the headlines and realized he is not a money over wins guy and Loomis the idiot GM has cost them $72M in dead money just this year and last.
    What’s crazy to anyone that can do math is how that is not a huge story. Who does he have doing pictures of doing what that he is still employed?

  12. mwcarolina says:
    Sep 27, 2016 5:47 PM
    Simple why the ratings are down…1) a debate with presidents…2) wrestling on Monday….3) Gotham.

    But the key reason for the low rating. The teams in this game. Not many fans care to see either of those teams

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    Then what teams do they want to see? I was under the assumption that Rog could trot out a bunch of practice squad players and magically get 25 million viewers. Not anymore I guess. Maybe next year Rog should actually have an offseason instead of pushing the NFL in our faces 24-7, 365. I’ve got NFL fatigue and it’s only week 3

  13. McSnoozer sounds like he is coming off either a bad head cold or is hungover. Can’t believe I ‘m saying this but I miss Tirico.

  14. Not a great night for credibility.
    A debate between two lousy candidates that can’t be trusted brought to us by a trusted non profit watched on your trusted channel of choice
    vs
    A game between two lousy teams brought to us by a league that can’t be trusted that only cares about profit watched on channel that can’t be trusted

  15. From Thursday thru Monday I watched about 30 minutes of football, checking scores, and still won my pool.

  16. I find the matchups a convenient cop out for the plunging ratings. Yeah i forgot 3 yrs ago all the matchups were great. Gimme a break.

    This all has to do with Roger Goodell and the owners being exposed as scum, an unwatchable presentation of constant commercials and penalties, a replay system where calls are dictated not based on what is actually on the replay but the whims of whatever the replay officials i.e. Dean Blandino decides to call depending on who is playing.

    The NFL is being exposed as a fraud and WWE like. The moment the NFL lost every ounce of credibility was botching the replay on the Panthers fumble that was not a fumble so they could let Gomer Manning ride off on his white horse into the sunset.

    When the Super Bowl is blatantly fixed all outcomes can be read about the next day

    I have soent more tine on PFT than i have watching football. Its just not enjoyable or watchable anymore.

  17. Over the last few years, NFL HQ keeps interfering with the game. With all the favoritism a select few teams are afforded while others are subjected to over-the-top, heavy handed discipline, it’s been increasing easy to believe the NFL is crooked. And, now, as a result of NFL HQ repeatedly being called out for lying in Federal Court, everybody knows it. That lack of honesty/integrity at the highest ranks has been the deal breaker for me.

  18. Football needs to learn from Boxing. In the 80’s it went to the most popular TV Sport to near bankruptcy because of GREED and making big events Pay-per-Vue and live events so expensive only Mob and celebrities could afford to go.
    Games have gone from $15.00 tickets to over $100.00.
    Now Greedy players are starting to become activists. NOT GOOD!

  19. Listening to Sean Mcdonough and Jon Gruden is like taking a Tylenol PM followed by drinking 10 cups of coffee.

  20. Parity is a good idea, and it helps.
    But the better run/managed teams still do better, as they should.

  21. Nobody wants to watch racists disrespect the Nation, the Nations Flag or the Nations Anthem and by extension, the Nations defenders (Police, Firefighters and the Military).

    Get rid of those fools and the audience will come back.

  22. “Nobody wants to watch racists disrespect the Nation, the Nations Flag or the Nations Anthem and by extension, the Nations defenders (Police, Firefighters and the Military).

    Get rid of those fools and the audience will come back.”

    Or just get rid of the anthem before games. It was started by the Chicago cubs in the 1930s to wake up the crowds. It’s not required. These are private corporations, not government functions. Do you have to stand and salute before you begin your work day at your job?

    It’s ridiculous that so many people accept that football and nationalism must go hand in hand.

    It would be just as ridiculous if we had to stand for the anthem before a movie starts in a theater.

  23. People watch car racing for wrecks. People watch basketball for dunks. People watched football for big hits. The roughing the passer call to Brees early in the game is another reason why people have stopped watching. Might as well play 7-on-7.

  24. Over-saturation. The Thursday game is too much. Crappy games that would normally be overshadowed by better games on Sundays are now shown in prime time. Maybe this will be the catalyst that finally gets the oaf fired.

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