NBC 'Sunday Night Football' ratings lowest for Week 3 since 2006

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

THE FACTS: NFL games shown to a national audience averaged 16.04 million viewers for the first two weeks of this season, down 11 percent from the 18.1 million people who watched during the same period past year, the Nielsen company said.

But even if ratings are down year-over-year, the early numbers also indicate that ratings for this week's slate of games could end up being better than they were for the season's first two weeks, even despite the controversy.

Week 3's average rating/share was 11.9/25.

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CBS, Fox, and NBC all aired the national anthem during their NFL coverage and it was also shown during Verizon's stream of the Baltimore-Jacksonville game from London.

In metered market numbers, the primetime match-up between the 27-10 winning Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders snared an 11.6/20. Did this weekend's events have a dramatic effect on Sunday's games? The game drew a 9.3 overnight rating, well over last year's game between the Falcons and Saints, which was the least-watched Monday Night Football game on record (5.7) because it went up against the first Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton Presidential debate last year. Additionally, CBS' NFL Today pregame show scored its highest rating since 2010. Both networks tackled the political news of the weekend.

On the surface, it appeared the NFL's viewers were in for yet another humdrum matchup to kickstart Week 3 when the Los Angeles Rams were slated to take on the rival San Francisco 49ers.

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Final viewership data is expected later on Monday.

Now, after hundreds of NFL players protested the national anthem on Sunday, the NFL is reporting the lowest ratings they've seen all season. Jerry Jones, Cowboys take a knee before National AnthemOther people we spoke with disagreed, saying the keeling protest is not in disrespect for the American flag, but about something else. "He's fired, '" Trump told a crowd in Alabama on Friday night.

Other networks had to deal with National Football League games running longer than the time they were allotted on television.

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At some games Sunday, players kneeled in large numbers during the anthem and were critical of Trump's comments.

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