National Football League Tries To Reassure Teams As Television Ratings Drop
By FOX NEWS // October 10, 2016
interest in Presidential election blamed
(FOX NEWS) – The National Football League has sent a memo to team owners seeking to ease concerns about the ratings decline that has hit football this fall.
Through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11 percent, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12 percent.
“While our partners, like us, would have liked to see higher ratings, they remain confident in the NFL and unconcerned about a long-term issue,” the letter from NFL senior executives Brian Rolapp and Howard Katz said, adding that over the last 15 years, ratings viewership has grown 27 percent and that football “continues to be far and away the most powerful programming on television and the best place for brands and advertisers.”
The league said the large drop in ratings for prime-time games on ESPN, CBS and NBC is likely because of “unprecedented interest in the Presidential election.”
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