Sports | September 27, 2017 9:30 am

Nielsen Says NFL Ratings Are Down 11 Percent Year-Over-Year

Viewership tumbles in first three weeks by nearly two million.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Autopsy
Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (#39) gets carted off of the field during the NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 10th 2017, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Strange days have come to the NFL. What the league assumed was a done deal with Colin Kaepernick, have proliferated into mountains of protests—or their Trump-pandering brethren—with hundreds of players either kneeling during the national anthem, raising a fist or barely leaving the tunnel.

Even RealClearLife‘s fantasy experts—in many ways, one of the better fingers on the pulse of the league—have been complaining of sloppy play and lackluster performances from top fantasy draft picks (not to mention more than a few key injuries). And though Week 3 saw some late-quarter heroics from Tom Brady and company and a stunner in London, fans have been having a tough time enjoying the game like they did last year.

Lastly, the league has had to deal with the attack of the cord-cutters, who are simply leaving cable and network TV behind for the greener (and cheaper) pastures of Streaming-ville.

And the numbers say everything.

Per the Associated Press, NFL ratings have taken an 11 percent nosedive year-over-year in the first three weeks of the season. By way of numbers, through the first three weeks of the 2016 NFL campaign, 17.63 million were tuned in, while just 15.65 million were watching in 2017, a difference of nearly two million.