The NFL, a money-driven league based on ratings has been in a free-fall in such ever since the 2016 season began.
There has been heavy debate about what exactly is causing the viewership plummet, which is more likely due to a culmination of multiple factors including the National Anthem protest saga, the 2016 Presidential Election, NFL RedZone, changes of gameplay such as increases in timeouts, play stoppages and penalties, and overall poor play.
The ratings dipped to a new lows Sunday night, when the Texans/Colts division game on Sunday Night football recorded the worst of any SNF game in over five years.
Colts-Texans on NBC Sunday Night Football posted 9.0/15 overnight rating (not including digital) as NBC won night in primetime
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) October 17, 2016
Holy moly. primetime NFL malaise carries on, that’s down a massive 38% from the week 6 2015 Pats-Colts 14.6 https://t.co/PsoFb6gQYs
— Sports TV Ratings (@SportsTVRatings) October 17, 2016
Even the end of the WNBA Finals may have been more exciting than most of that game.