2016 NFL Season TV Viewership Drop-off Worst in a Decade

Richard Morgan reports that NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide.

Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were also marginally lower in the last eight weeks of the season, a report Monday from Drexel Hamilton media analyst Tony Wible and stats from Nielsen reveal.

Overall, average TV viewership for the 2016 NFL season fell 8 percent, to 16.5 million people, from 17.9 million last year.

It was the steepest drop-off in viewers in the past 10 years — and only the third down year since 2007.

We'll blame it on a saturated talent pool - too many teams, too many games, not enough talent.

“The season’s overall volatility may suggest ratings are near an inflection or peak,” Wible added.

Good. Let 'em crash.

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