NBC's Sunday night National Football League ratings dip from last year's week 3

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To come up with overnight ratings, Nielsen takes the percentage of households watching in 56 USA markets and comes up with an overnight average - so an 11.6, for instance, means that 11.6% of households in those 54 markets tuned into the game on NBC on Sunday night.

CBS also took a hit to its national coverage of the Cincinnati-Green Bay game, which attracted a 13.8 rating compared to a 13.9 rating during its week-three coverage past year. Yet CBS said the overnight ratings from big cities for this past weekend's games, while generally less reliable than the measurement taken over the whole country, were up 4 percent over a year ago. NFL Network's pregame show "was also strong" covering the issue, with analyst Kurt Warner and host Rich Eisen "standing out".

Overnight ratings for the telecast fell to a 11.6 rating for the game where the New York Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders.

There may also be some evidence that Trump's feud with the National Football League anthem kneelers has caused viewers to tune in at the beginning of the game to see whether players stand or kneel, as ratings for pregame shows spiked significantly from a year ago.

"NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN", President Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

The president tweeted over the weekend: "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN".

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For whatever reasons people choose to attribute to the NFL's ratings stumble, now more than a year old and something that will surely continue this season, it is not a problem that can really be diagnosed over a single weekend - let alone one game. Overall, the National Football League is looking at a 3% rise right now over the 2016-2017 season.

Cowboys-Cardinals got a 9.3 overnight rating for ESPN, easily the highest-rated Monday night game of the year. "Ratings for NFL football are way down except before game starts, when people tune in to see whether or not our country will be disrespected!" "He's fired, '" Trump told a crowd in Alabama on Friday night.

As ESPN broke with tradition to air the national anthem before the "MNF" game, the entire Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, kneeled together before the anthem.

Other networks had to deal with National Football League games running longer than the time they were allotted on television.

Approximately 180 players didn't stand for the anthem during Sunday's games.

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