'Monday Night Football' Ratings Buck NFL Trend & Rise Over Last Week & 2016

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The early ratings numbers, which are incomplete and subject to a great deal of change, showed CBS' numbers up compared to the same week a year ago, while NBC and Fox's numbers were down. And, while Fox's Sunday coverage was also down from 2016, CBS year-over-year coverage was incrementally improved.

Next week's ratings will be even more closely watched, since conservative groups and Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity have called for people angered by the protests to boycott this weekend's games.

The outlet reported that the average rating across all Sunday and Monday game was up 3% compared to the same week in 2016.

Earlier in the day, ratings for CBS' NFL doubleheader were up 4% from the same week past year. In a tweet sent right before Sunday's games, the president said "NFL attendance and ratings are way down".

While the ratings service ComScore can not measure overnight ratings, numbers from week one of the National Football League season are in.

Overall, the Redskins 27-10 victory was down 9 percent compared to last week's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, and 11 percent when compared to last year's Week 3 Sunday night game on NBC. Two of the three networks saw lower ratings.

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Trump's comments led to plenty of discussion on the National Football League pregame shows on Sunday and continues to be heavily covered on not just the sports networks, but the news networks as well.

The issue began when President Trump suggested NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired.

Overnight ratings can give a glimpse of which way viewership is going, but don't always tell the whole story. Jerry Jones, Cowboys take a knee before National AnthemOther people we spoke with disagreed, saying the keeling protest is not in disrespect for the American flag, but about something else.

The biggest factor in the weekly increase was the Monday Night Football game between the Cowboys and Cardinals.

Trump's comments on Friday night shined a spotlight on the league and the protests, leading the networks to change up their planned broadcasts of games and the anthems preceding them.

Only six players protested during the anthem in Week 2, but after Trump's criticism over the weekend, around 200 players took part on Sunday.

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