Ratings across the board for this year’s NFL season rose by five percent from the previous year.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 2, 2019
As the Hollywood Reporter points out, a two-year downward trend was reversed:
“The NFL stopped a two-year ratings slide and increased its audience across all of its broadcast windows during the regular season, which ended Sunday. Games on CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network averaged about 15.8 million viewers — slightly below that figure including two games played in London, slightly above without them — an improvement of 800,000 viewers, or 5 percent, on the 2017 season.”
The NFL dominated TV viewership, claiming 46 of the top 50 telecasts during the 2018 regular seasonhttps://t.co/BACOTruD2Q
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 3, 2019
There was one clear difference between this NFL season and the previous two — the lack of politically-motivated stunts surrounding the on-field product, such as kneeling for the national anthem.
NFL ratings up 5% this year. Congrats to ESPN, Fox, NBC & CBS for finally realizing no one wants wokefootball. Far left wing politics mixed with sports is always a loser.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 3, 2019
When the league removes the “wokefootball” political sideshows, their audience returns, interest is back and television ratings increase.
This isn’t hard.