It looks like the “take-a-knee” protests sparked by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick have continued to implode the NFL, even in a game where no players took an actual knee.
Thursday night’s clash between the Washington Redskins and Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys, a team that has been expressly forbidden by its owner to protest the national anthem in this way, saw a 24 percent decline from 2016’s Thursday night game.
The game captured a “10.7/18 result in metered market ratings on NBC and the NFL Network,” according to Deadline Hollywood, which also tried to spin the dismal results by calling them “its best viewership of the sometimes ratings-challenged 2017 NFL season.”
The Monday Night Football game just a few days before also registered an all-time low with a 6.0 rating in metered markets, seemingly prompting President Trump to tweet:
Deadline Hollywood noted that the game was still up by 10 percent over the dismal Thanksgiving match-up between the Redskins and the Giants, but given that both those teams aren’t in the playoff picture whatsoever, it would have been hard for the next game not to do better.
In addition to the pathetic television ratings, the NFL is also dealing with the embarrassing issue of empty seats, as several game attendees pointed out:
Midway through the first quarter and a lot of folks are sitting this one out. pic.twitter.com/BeiMMCrT7F
— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) December 1, 2017
— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) December 1, 2017
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