NFL Ratings Continue Tanking on Thanksgiving

According to a report from CNN, the NFL’s three Thanksgiving Day games dropped about 20% in the ratings compared to last year:

The league’s three national holiday games dropped in viewership by a combined average of roughly 19% compared to last year’s ratings. Fox’s early afternoon game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions was down 10% in viewership from the early game on CBS last year; CBS’ late afternoon game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers was down 25% from the afternoon game on Fox last year; and NBC’s prime time game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins was down 19%.

Even though the NFL commands a larger audience than most of TV, the ratings hit is eye-popping since Thanksgiving is a major holiday for the league and its broadcast partners. It’s also more ratings woes for a league that is already beset by two seasons of uneven numbers.

While President Trump would have you believe that the ratings drop is entirely due to anthem protests—and that does play into it—it’s actually a combination of factors that have led to ratings drops for America’s most popular televised sport on broadcast and cable TV. Sure, there are some viewers dissatisfied with players kneeling for the anthem. There are also two football markets who have lost their teams in the past two years—there aren’t a lot of St. Louis Rams or San Diego Chargers fans wasting time watching their teams play in front of half-empty stadiums in Los Angeles. People are more and more informed about the dangers of football and abandoning it for that reason. The owners are bleeding public money out of cities for stadiums. And, to top it all off, the play just isn’t that good.

That was especially the case on Thanksgiving Day, with the Cowboys-Chargers mid-day game especially unwatchable. The Giants-Redskins game was a little better, but those two teams are having seasons that are lackluster at best. What was once a showcase day for the NFL—who owned Thanksgiving the way the NBA now owns Christmas—is now just another Thursday featuring bad football games. And you can get those every day of the week.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 16 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 16 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Channel 705
    • San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Channel 706
    • Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 707
    • New York Jets at New England Patriots – Channel 708
    • Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Channel 709
    • Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears – Channel 710
    • Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – Channel 711
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders – Channel 713
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 714
    • Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 6 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 6 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears – Channel 705
    • Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins – Channel 706
    • Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots – Channel 707
    • Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants – Channel 708
    • Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – Channel 709
    • San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills – Channel 710
    • Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions – Channel 711
    • Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Channel 712
    • Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – Channel 713
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers – Channel 715
    • Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 716

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 5 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 5 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins – Channel 706
    • Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings – Channel 707
    • New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 708
    • Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens – Channel 709
    • Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – Channel 710
    • Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts – Channel 711
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos – Channel 712
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 713
    • San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Channel 714
    • New York Giants at Green Bay Packers – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 4 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 4 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Channel 706
    • Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Channel 707
    • Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins – Channel 708
    • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Channel 709
    • Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Channel 710
    • Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Channel 711
  • 4pm EDT
    • Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 712
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 713
    • New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers – Channel 714
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 3 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 3 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals – Channel 705
    • Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 706
    • Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins – Channel 707
    • Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans – Channel 708
    • Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills – Channel 709
    • Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Channel 710
    • Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Channel 711
    • Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Channel 712
  • 4pm EDT
    • San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 713
    • Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts – Channel 715
    • New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Channel 716
    • Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles – Channel 717

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 2 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 2 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions – Channel 706
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Channel 707
    • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Channel 708
    • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 709
    • San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Channel 710
    • New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Channel 711
    • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 713
    • Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Channel 715
    • Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders – Channel 716
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers – Channel 717

Enjoy the games!