NFL Week 3 sees boost in TV ratings

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

After a weekend of political firestorms and blasts from President Donald Trump over players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, leave it up to America's self-described team to find a middle path and cut the NFL some ratings relief. Fox's first pregame show, "Fox NFL Kickoff", was up 30% compared to previous year while its second pregame show, "Fox NFL Sunday", was up 9%. In fact, the presidential debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton caused the Week 3 MNF game in 2016 to have its lowest viewership in at least 25 years.

The decrease mirrors a trend of down ratings for the National Football League as a whole nationally through the first three weeks of the season.

The president suggests that the national anthem protests pioneered by Colin Kaepernick has played a role in declining ratings.

But even if ratings are down year-over-year, the early numbers also indicate that ratings for this week's slate of games could end up being better than they were for the season's first two weeks, even despite the controversy.

Sunday night's game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders scored an 11.6/20, meaning that an estimated 11.6 percent of all metered-market households watched the game and an estimated 20 percent of homes using a television at the time watched, Deadline reports. Those opposed to the protests have said it is disrespectful to the military and flag.

China sticks to neutral stance, says Kashmir issue is between India, Pakistan
Pence said that he had reiterated Trump's belief that "Pakistan has much to gain" from partnering with US efforts in the region. Mr Abbasi wants us to believe that Pakistan's nuclear programme goes back to the 1960s.

During 'Monday Night Football, ' a lot of people were glued to the TV, but it wasn't just the game keeping their attention tonight.

The tweets doubled down on comments he made during a speech in Alabama Friday night.

As ESPN broke with tradition to air the national anthem before the "MNF" game, the entire Dallas Cowboys team, including owner Jerry Jones, kneeled together before the anthem.

Only six players protested during the anthem in Week 2, but after Trump's criticism over the weekend, around 200 players took part on Sunday.

It seems likely, and logical, that Trump's vast social media presence-his personal Twitter account has around 39.3 million followers-is helping to bring a new audience to a league and sport electrified by the president's very public opposition.

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