Monday Night Football and NFL ratings continue to fall

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football, not that many watched.

The NFL has suffered an odd ratings dip since the start of the season. A battle between a pair of 1-3 teams, though, hit a new low for the MNF program.

Austin Karp looked at the numbers :

Many reacted to the news on social media:

That last point is quite relevant. We can talk all day about a presidential race and blame fans cutting the cable cord and the NFL throwing games on television four days a week.

But at the end of the day, the NFL has basic in-game problems that folks seem tired of. Referring is nowhere near consistent, if not flat-out wrong and the zebras seem more focused on making sure the players act like robots than enforcing the important rules. If the league doesn’t shore up these problems and isn’t careful, the ratings will only continue to decline and just like that, it’s No. 1 trump card disappears.

The NFL needs to change on many levels. Scheduling and on-field actions rule the day.

If the ratings don’t climb back up when the election concludes, the league may have to slam the panic button.

Chris Roling

About Chris Roling

Chris is an Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism graduate and associate editor here at TSD. He also covers breaking news and the NFL at Bleacher Report and resides in Athens (OH) with his wife and two dogs.