NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Take Hit Amid Player Protests

Washington Redskins players during the national anthem before the game against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 24, 2017 / Getty

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NBC's "Sunday Night Football" experienced its lowest television ratings of the season as NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem.

Sunday night's game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders scored an 11.6/20, meaning that an estimated 11.6 percent of all metered-market households watched the game and an estimated 20 percent of homes using a television at the time watched, Deadline reports.

That is an eight percent drop in viewership from the prior week's game when the Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers, and a 10 percent drop from early numbers for last year's equivalent Sunday night game during the third week.

Members of the Washington Redskins linked arms Sunday night during the national anthem while some kneeled, garnering boos from their home fans. Nearly every Oakland Raider sat on the bench as the national anthem played.

Other networks had to deal with NFL games running longer than the time they were allotted on television. CBS had to move a broadcast of Oprah Winfrey hosting the season premiere of the 50th anniversary of "60 Minutes" and the only airing of "Star Trek Discovery" because of NFL overruns.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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