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NFL TV Viewership Dropped 8 Percent This Season

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Are people getting fed up with the NFL?

During the 2016 regular season, the typical NFL game was watched by an average of 1.4 million less viewers than in 2015.

Prime-time broadcasts were the most affected, with ESPN's Monday Night Football (17 games) and NBC's Sunday Night Football (19 games, including two Thursdays), the two most costly rights deals, were down 12 and 10 percent, respectively, in total viewers.

Daytime games on Fox and CBS, which each broadcast 27 games, were down 6 and 7 percent, respectively, in total viewers.

The league believes the election was a factor.  NFL broadcasts were down 14 percent before the election, but just 1 percent after.

Was it the election? Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protest?  Who knows, but people didn't tune in nearly as much this year.

Will it continue in the playoffs? Stay tuned.

Read the full story at ESPN.

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