Only one player remained seated during national anthem…
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) Some are blaming the 45-min. weather delay, others a slow-paced first half in the matchup between the Eagles and the Falcons on Thursday, to kickstart the 2018 NFL season.
However, the ongoing controversies generated in the week prior by Nike and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick certainly didn’t help matters when it came to the league’s continuing struggles with viewership.
Ratings indicated that it was the lowest draw in 10 years–the last time numbers were so low being when the game was pushed up to 7 p.m. to accommodate John McCain‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
Sports Media Watch said the season-opener’s overnight returns gave it a 13.4 share, down 8 percent from last year’s Chiefs-Patriots matchup and 19 percent from the previous year’s Panthers-Broncos game.
The highest rated share was 2015’s Steeler’s-Patriot’s game, according to a tweet from Sports TV Ratings: