The ratings for NFL “Thursday Night Football” continued to drop again this week, scoring a 9.9/17 in metered market results on CBS and the NFL Network, according to Deadline Friday.
The AFC-West battle that saw the Oakland Raiders eek out a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs 31-30 Thursday night in Oakland did not do enough to turn around the ratings struggle that the National Football League and networks have been facing this year. The “TNF” ratings were 7 percent lower than the previous week’s game in early numbers.(RELATED: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Up Over Last Week)
The fall continues, with last week’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers scoring 14.6 million viewers, which was 5 percent lower than the week prior.
The numbers from last night’s game matches the season low, which occurred on September 28th between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, which came in 13 percent lower than than the game that aired the same week in 2016.
It should be noted that the “TNF” game was up against the National League Championship Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs on TBS, with Dodgers winning and heading to the World Series.
It was the first game since the league voted to basically not force players to stand for the national anthem, though making it clear that they “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem” amid lower ratings over the ongoing protest debate.