Rating for Monday Night Football were down nearly 25 percent when the San Francisco 49ers played the Los Angeles Rams.
The 49ers shut the Rams out 28-0 at Levi’s Stadium in what was supposed to be the Rams’ highly anticipated return to Los Angeles for the first time in 22 years.
The game averaged a 7.1 rating among households in Nielsen’s metered markets, a 25 percent drop from the second game last year, which took a 9.5 overnight rating, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Colin Kaepernick was booed when he took the field with just 2:21 remaining in the game as the crowd began a “USA! USA! USA!” chant.
The second-string quarterback has fielded a wave of criticism since he decided to boycott the national anthem because of the police brutality and racial injustice he believes is still present in the United States.
[dcquiz] He was joined by his teammate Eric Reid in kneeling during the performance of the national anthem Monday night. (RELATED: ‘South Park’ Mocks Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick In Season Opener)
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick has said previously.
“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”