Fewer People Are Watching NFL Games

Oct 20

Fewer People Are Watching NFL Games

The NFL is experiencing a ratings drop for the first time in a really long time. So what’s the cause of this? Well there are a few things that could be contributing to the sudden drop in views.

Peyton Manning

For starters the great Peyton Manning is no longer in the NFL. There is a large group of NFL fans that tuned in for years just to see what Mr. Manning was doing, what his stats were and how many fantasy points he was accumulating. I think it’s safe to say he was many people’s favorite player and now that he’s gone it’s sort of left a void, which is causing some of his fans not to care as much about the league.

Tom Brady Suspension

The Tom Brady suspension didn’t sit well with many NFL fans. Much like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady has the heart of many NFL fans all across the nation and if he’s not playing, these fans don’t really care what’s going on. Not only do they not care, they sort of have a bad taste in their mouths about how the NFL is being run and the way that Roger Goodell is laying down the hammer.


Personally I think the NFL is spreading itself too thin. I understand the business of it and that they’re trying to maximize on every opportunity but in my opinion the thing that made the NFL so great is the anticipation.

Now there is no anticipation. Viewers are able to get NFL packages through their cable or satellite providers where they can watch every single game. Along with these packages the games are spread out over more days. Currently we are able to see every NFL game on Sunday, Monday night games, and now Thursday Night Football is a constant. We even get some games really early in the morning when the NFL travels to London; which I like and I’ll touch on that subject later.

Most people will probably say that having more games accessible is great but what actually happens is that they don’t have to make Monday Night Football a priority because if they miss it, they can just catch another game another day since they won’t have to wait that long.

Colin Kaepernick

Probably the most serious reason why people aren’t watching the NFL is because of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem situation. I’m not going to discuss whether or not I think what Colin is doing is right or wrong right now but what I will say is that it has rubbed many NFL fans and viewer the wrong way. Some people are so disgusted that they are threatening to never watch the NFL again.


I’m sure there are many other reasons for the drop in viewership but the topics that I listed are the ones that I immediately thought about. I’d love to hear what you think. Why do you think NFL views have fallen off this season?