I’m not going to gloat. Well, yes I am. I have been predicting a catastrophic loss of NFL viewers for months. It doesn’t just feel good to be right. It feels like being right is the new normal for me.
Adding all these numbers up 120.8 million viewers watched the NFL divisional round playoffs in 2018 vs. 144.1 million who watched in 2017, a decline of 23.3 million total viewers.
That’s an overall viewership decline of over 16%, even steeper than last week’s 13% playoff decline. (Even if you leave out the Packers-Cowboys numbers completely the NFL playoff ratings would have still been down 10.3%).
These playoff numbers weren’t just bad compared to last year either, they hit a ten year low.
These numbers come in spite of the fact that three games were competitive, and the Saints-Vikings matchup was an all-time classic. Losing 23 million viewers in one year is no small feat, I’m sure the owners have already called to congratulate Commissioner Goodell accordingly.
As I’ve said before, the league is doomed because
People don’t trust Colin Kaepernick or his ‘social justice’ philosophy
The league’s attempt to sell social activism to viewers would crush the league’s ratings
Even the commercials suck in 2017
For a more artistic rendition of my predictions, you can check out the following poems as well:
Early Valentine’s Day Poem to Roger Goodell
Divisional Playoff Poem to Roger Goodell from White Fans
New Year’s Eve Poem (Auld Lang Syne): The NFL’s on Borrowed Time
Christmas Poem to Roger Goodell: Donald Trump is Taking You Down
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