NFL Ratings Are Down 7.5 Percent This Season (So Far)

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2017

In contrast, ESPN's Monday Night Football, typically a powerhouse of football TV, is averaging 11.2 million viewers, a 6% increase through week six over past year.

An average of 15 million people watched games for the first six weeks this year compared to 16.2 million people through Week 6 last season, according metrics from Nielsen.

The viewership numbers the Post reports do not include Monday night's Colts-Titans game, but that telecast won't help.

When compared to ratings from the first six weeks of the 2015 season, National Football League ratings are off almost 20 percent at 18.7 percent, which ESPN says is "a sharp drop, but a smaller decline when considering the general overall fall in television viewership due to people dropping their cable packages".

Many football fans would agree that this 2017 NFL season has not been as entertaining as expected.

Hey, Weeks 4 and 5 ratings were pretty good!

Citing the potential impact of decreasing ratings on advertising revenues, investment bank Credit Suisse lowered its projections on Fox and CBS stocks within the last week.

CBS shares closed down 24 cents, to $56.66.

Any ratings-based forecasts by Sheikh or other analysts may be a function of high expectations going into the season, sources said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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