OtherGround Forums NFL opening night ratings down 17%

Edited: 9/11/20 3:02 PM
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Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn't count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


Not on tv. Where I am overseas so I watch on my laptop
9/11/20 3:12 PM
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KennyPowers55 - https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nfl-ratings-initial-results-show-decline-for-kc-houston-kickoff-game-162037891.html

This is a developing story.

The initial wave of NFL ratings for Thursday night’s season kickoff have arrived, and the preliminary numbers are sharply down for the NFL.

According to Deadline, the Kansas City-Texas game rated a 5.2 among adults 18-49, the key demographic for advertisers, and boasted a preliminary total of 16.4 million viewers. At the moment — ratings are adjusted upward as more reports roll in — that’s a 16.1 percent drop from last year’s kickoff between the Packers and the Bears.

Critics of the league will point to the NFL’s newfound political activism as the reason for the decline. While that may well be true, ratings are an inexact science, capable of detecting action but not motivation. Possible reasons for the initial decline include:
Social justice activism: The NFL has stepped squarely into the social justice space, with political messaging blanketing most of the opening minutes of the telecast and the halftime show. Slogans are in place in the back of both end zones, players linked hands in a “show of unity” (that was booed by fans despite not taking place in connection with the national anthem), and commentators made multiple references to social justice efforts. Critics of the league have claimed that they will stop watching as long as politics intrudes on sports.

Sports fatigue: Ratings for all sports, not just politically active ones, are down across the board. The twin societal hurricanes of a pandemic and racial protests have forced sports into a secondary role. Ongoing fires on the West Coast are a far more pressing concern to millions than whether Patrick Mahomes has a good day passing. It’s tough to relax with football when the world is crushing down on you.

No preseason: The typical cycle of preseason hype was completely absent this year; this was literally the first on-field football we’ve seen since the Super Bowl. While nobody really likes preseason games, per se, they serve an important purpose: priming the pump of fan interest. It’s a fair bet that many casual fans weren’t even aware the NFL was kicking off Thursday night.

Competition: While the NFL easily owned the night, it was nonetheless facing unexpected and unseasonal competition. Thursday night’s game went up against a LeBron James Lakers playoff game, a Serena Williams U.S. Open semifinal match, and a Dallas-Las Vegas Stanley Cup conference final. It’s a crowded sports calendar, and that means the audience’s attention gets spread a bit thinner.

The matchup: Multiple television ratings experts contacted by Yahoo Sports noted that the most important factor controlling NFL ratings isn’t politics or competition, it’s matchups. A good matchup between marquee teams will carry the day, and from that standpoint, Thursday night wasn’t a powerhouse showdown. The Chiefs are now one of the league’s top draws, but the Texans have struggled to draw attention on the national stage. They struggled on the field, too, falling behind 31-7 before losing 34-20.

Last year’s Packers-Bears game was a far more attractive national matchup, and was more of a competitive game, with the Packers winning 10-3. That game amassed a total viewership of 22 million.

Worth noting: advertisers still believe in the NFL and in the audience that’s watching. Pro Football Talk reported Thursday that NBC sold out its entire ad inventory for Thursday night’s game, “with revenue up double digits vs. 2019 and the average cost per 30-second spot near $900,000,” according to an NBC spokesperson.

Fucking sports fatigue.  Exactly how the fuck could you possibly have sports fatigue?  

 

 

Everybody knows exactly why ratings are down.  You heard it in the opening of the game to the smattering of fans who showed up. This is just more bullshit.  More running cover on behalf of the woke.   

 

Notice even the left dope-accounts on here that keep churning out screen names won't try to delve into defense of social justice, they just stick to the bullshit scripts like russian collusion and whatnot.  I'm sure some of them believe it wholesale, they just know 70% of society utterly hates the shit, and it's virtually unsellable under any kind of scrutiny.

 

That's why this type of shit is so important to woke cunts.  Wokeness needs to be unchallenged.  It needs to be a dogpile, have a smokescreen, hold a baby out in front of it as a shield, etc...because enough people have caught on that it's a dishonest manipulation.

 

"Sports fatigue: Ratings for all sports, not just politically active ones, are down across the board."

 

^Is that even true? I thought UFC ratings went up

9/11/20 3:14 PM
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Lancifer - "Critics of the league will point to the NFL’s newfound political activism as the reason for the decline. While that may well be true..."

I love how they already have their answer, but since it's not the one they want they feel the need to spit conjecture and hypothesize.

Reminds me a lot of Disney. "We don't know why fans are upset about the Last Jedi..."

Yes you fucking do.

We've told you, in no uncertain terms.

yeah when you read the comments on those articles its like 99% ppl bitching about the political bullshit. lol

 

we have no idea why ppl are mad

9/11/20 3:17 PM
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I started watching, but the social justicing being force fed to the TV viewer made an already shitty match up suck even more. I put on hockey instead. 

9/11/20 3:20 PM
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ShortElbowInTheClinch -

Matt Serra wishes they were even lower. As do I. 

This! “Good, fuck em!” I hope their entire fan base turns on them and the lot of them are fucked.

9/11/20 3:27 PM
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Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn't count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


Not on tv. Where I am overseas so I watch on my laptop

You wouldn’t be included in the ratings then 

9/11/20 3:28 PM
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Josh -
Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn't count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


Not on tv. Where I am overseas so I watch on my laptop

If you had the option between the game on your laptop and your big screen. What would you pick 

9/11/20 3:29 PM
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Al Cappucino - 
KennyPowers55 - I'm not sure how they consider Packers vs Bears last year to be a better matchup than this years game. Green Bay was coming off of a 6-10 season while the Bears lost 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, both KC and Houston made the playoffs last year with the Chiefs winning the whole thing. And Mahomes is the most exciting player in the league with Watson also being a top 5/7 qb.

Who said that?


The article stated that one of the reasons for the ratings decrease could have been that the matchup this year wasn't as good as the one last year (GBvsChi)
9/11/20 3:29 PM
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PatK - 
KennyPowers55 - I'm not sure how they consider Packers vs Bears last year to be a better matchup than this years game. Green Bay was coming off of a 6-10 season while the Bears lost 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, both KC and Houston made the playoffs last year with the Chiefs winning the whole thing. And Mahomes is the most exciting player in the league with Watson also being a top 5/7 qb.

I can't tell if you're trolling or are a moron


Which part?
9/11/20 3:29 PM
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Not as bad as I would expect.

Edited: 9/11/20 3:33 PM
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17% is too low. I honestly thought and hoped it would be way higher.  I bet week two will be abysmal!

9/11/20 3:32 PM
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-17% is a good start.  Let’s see how much lower they can get it. 

9/11/20 3:34 PM
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Idol worship time is over for dudes who make a living playing with balls and attention whoring.....it just alienates the average working man
9/11/20 3:37 PM
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androb - 
Josh -
Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn't count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


Not on tv. Where I am overseas so I watch on my laptop

If you had the option between the game on your laptop and your big screen. What would you pick 


He just asked who watches in on a phone or laptop, I am one of them is all

9/11/20 3:39 PM
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KennyPowers55 - 
PatK - 
KennyPowers55 - I'm not sure how they consider Packers vs Bears last year to be a better matchup than this years game. Green Bay was coming off of a 6-10 season while the Bears lost 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, both KC and Houston made the playoffs last year with the Chiefs winning the whole thing. And Mahomes is the most exciting player in the league with Watson also being a top 5/7 qb.

I can't tell if you're trolling or are a moron


Which part?

It's the Bears vs Packers. 

Two of the most popular franchises of all time, with one of the greatest rivalries in the NFL

.Both teams could have been coming off of absymal seasons and people are going to watch it.

 

 

9/11/20 3:46 PM
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androb -
Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn’t count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


i think he's trolling and I fell for it too

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ANother thing I like about DAZN is that they make it very easy for you to pause your account, as I do every year following the superbowl, simply by clicking the pause account button. Then I unpause it before the NFL season begins again, such as I did before last nights game. So I'm only paying $20.00 per month for 5 months of the year. Well, well worth it for Canadian customers.

9/11/20 3:47 PM
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androb -
Josh -
Al Cappucino - 
Charles Barkley -

Well most people watch it on their phones and tablets anyway and this probably doesn't count multiple TVs in the same household and honestly ratings are racist. 
 

 

I see this post everytime someone posts a thread showing the ratings decline in somethiing.

How many people do you really think are sitting at home watching a game on their phone? Seriously.

 

Watch it on my 65" with surround sound?

 

Nah Son, imma watch on my phone. 

 

I would say most (if not all) people watch their fantasy scores on the phone, but not the games themselves. 


Not on tv. Where I am overseas so I watch on my laptop

If you had the option between the game on your laptop and your big screen. What would you pick 

I tether the laptop to the big screen. Or you can get DAZN on the ROKU sticks and most other boxes and devices today, I'm pretty sure.

9/11/20 3:49 PM
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PatK - 
KennyPowers55 - 
PatK - 
KennyPowers55 - I'm not sure how they consider Packers vs Bears last year to be a better matchup than this years game. Green Bay was coming off of a 6-10 season while the Bears lost 1st round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, both KC and Houston made the playoffs last year with the Chiefs winning the whole thing. And Mahomes is the most exciting player in the league with Watson also being a top 5/7 qb.

I can't tell if you're trolling or are a moron


Which part?

It's the Bears vs Packers. 

Two of the most popular franchises of all time, with one of the greatest rivalries in the NFL

.Both teams could have been coming off of absymal seasons and people are going to watch it.

 

 


It get that it's a big rivalry game. But I would imagine people would rather watch the Super Bowl champs with likely the best player in the league.
Edited: 9/11/20 4:12 PM
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Ratings for all sports, not just politically active ones...

What sport isn't being politically active. Nascar has been invaded by leftist politics, BLM was on the mound during baseball games. Mookie Betts (and others) still won't stand for the anthem before each Dodger game. Lebron is the face of BLM. BLM is at the U.S. Open. The black tennis players are pushing the narrative further. And now, the grand daddy of all virtue signaling, the NFL, just began.
9/11/20 4:18 PM
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Lol at “sports fatigue”. How the fuck can anyone have “sports fatigue” with everything postponed or cancelled? 
 

lol, rating may not be down due to social justice warrioring, but they, sure as shit, aren’t down from “sports fatigue”. 

9/11/20 4:19 PM
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phydeau - 

The players are all millionaires.  No one is interested in listening to millionaires bemoan how oppressed they are.  
 

Get woke go broke.  Fuck them all


This.

9/11/20 4:19 PM
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SD CARTEL - Mainstream sports are dead to me. Take your celebrations of rapist criminals and shove up your pandering ass's

And this.

9/11/20 4:22 PM
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Fighting -

17% is too low. I honestly thought and hoped it would be way higher.  I bet week two will be abysmal!

Agreed, I think it goes down from here. I imagine there were a lot of people who decided to give it a go but bailed after the opening bullshit and won’t return. 

9/11/20 4:27 PM
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There was Thursday night competition they dont usually have. There were the NBA playoffs with the Lakers and the NHL playoff semi-finals on at the exact same time as the game, as well as multiple regular season MLB games. That's the only real possibility to me other than BLM fatigue. Sports fatigue when people have so little to do compared to normal? I dont think so.

9/11/20 4:46 PM
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