NFL Week 3 ratings up 4 percent on CBS

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Landover Md. Sunday Sept. 24 2017

NFL Sunday night ratings down amid kneeling protest

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 previous year.

For the week of September 18-24, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Oakland at Washington, NBC, 17.48 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 15.64 million; "60 Minutes", CBS, 14.83 million; "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 14.7 million; "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick", NBC, 13.78 million; NFL Football: Detroit at N.Y. Giants, ESPN, 12.29 million; "Dancing With the Stars", ABC, 10.72 million; "Football Night in America, Part 3", NBC, 10.62 million; "Star Trek: Discovery", CBS, 9.49 million; NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at San Francisco, NFLN, 7.46 million.

National Football League ratings were also down an average of 8% over the course of last season.

Overnight ratings for the telecast fell to a 11.6 rating for the game where the New York Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders. Additionally, CBS' NFL Today pregame show scored its highest rating since 2010.

The early ratings numbers, which are incomplete and subject to a great deal of change, showed CBS' numbers up compared to the same week past year, while NBC and Fox's numbers were down. "People are watching less and the thing people don't realize is that NFL's decline got a lot of attention last season but the decline was happening before that".

On the surface, it appeared the NFL's viewers were in for yet another humdrum matchup to kickstart Week 3 when the Los Angeles Rams were slated to take on the rival San Francisco 49ers.

WXIA fact checkers can VERIFY that ratings were lower for Sunday night's games on some networks but higher on another. Those opposed to the protests have said it is disrespectful to the military and flag.

The tweets doubled down on comments he made during a speech in Alabama Friday night. At the Bears game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, visiting players chose to stay in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem, with one exception being former Army Rangers and Steelers' player Alejandro Villenueva, who openly stood with his hand on his heart on outside the visitors' tunnel.

Fox, CBS, and NBC all broadcast the national anthem live during football games Sunday - a notable shift away from their usual practice.

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