Initial reports say that all but one punk player between both teams stood for the national anthem last night at the start of Monday Night Football. Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs sat on the bench during the song, even while the country reels from the tragedy in Las Vegas.
The growing number of ticked-off Americans are having a massive effect on the NFL’s ratings, and Monday Night Football didn’t escape the wrath. See below for how much they dropped.
Last night’s Monday Night Football match-up between the still unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins started off with a moment of silence for those killed and injured in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The ESPN broadcast was then followed by the national anthem that saw all of the DC team linking arms while Chiefs players Marcus Peters and Ukeme Eligwe sat on the bench.
With the remembrance and the controversial politics past, it was then time for football at Arrowhead Stadium and when Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker nailed a 43-yard field goal in his first game right at the end, KC’s winning streak continued to hold. The Chiefs won 29-20 on Monday over the Redskins.
Coming off last week’s Dallas Cowboys’ 28-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, where the ratings actually went up for MNF, last night’s game was not a victory for the Disney-owned cable giant nor the NFL in the early numbers.
Against a packed Big 4 primetime, MNF snared an 8.4 in metered market numbers. That’s down 10% from the Cowboys and Cardinals game of September 25.
Last week’s MNF went on to score a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49, 13.7 million viewers and win the night among cable and broadcasters. Even with the decline of last night’s game, it is likely that MNF will prove No. 1 for ESPN once again.
Also, here’s the official “I Don’t Kneel” t-shirt (we have hoodie, long-sleeve and v-neck options, too!) that has part of the proceeds going to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans!