NFL RedZone Saved Viewers From 35 Hours of Commercials This Season

“We don’t do commercials here on NFL RedZone” – Scott Hanson, NFL RedZone host

While NFL viewership fell in the 2016 season, NFL RedZone has shown some strong growth, with millions of subscribers actively tuning in every week. What was once supposed to be merely a niche option for hardcore fantasy football fans has quickly turned into a premiere way to consume NFL games with plenty of exciting clips and no commercial breaks.

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NFL TV Ratings Down 1.4M Viewers Per Game on Average in 2016 Season

At the beginning of the year, the media reported on widespread ratings decline for NFL games, citing a variety of reasons including the 2016 presidential election taking up TV time, protests from NFL players making the game seem political, and recent bad press about concussions.

We wanted to see if this ratings decline remained consistent throughout the entire season, so we pulled data on the individual ratings of every nationally broadcast regular season game, including Thursday Night Football, Sunday’s Game of the Week, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football for the last three seasons.

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TV Networks Are Paying 150x More for NFL Games

It has been interesting to note the slight decline in NFL ratings this season.

The league has been a ratings powerhouse for the past decade, spiking interest not only domestically, but also internationally as the league hopes to become a dominant global sport. The financial power the league holds is now clear in the size of its broadcast network revenue, with each of the major networks paying out top dollar to get access to NFL game broadcast rights. But it wasn’t always quite so extravagant.

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Women, Older Fans Oppose NFL Touchdown Celebrations

The NFL has been cracking down on excessive touchdown celebrations this year, flagging players for unsportsmanlike conduct, fining participating players, and assessing a 15 yard penalty.

In the 2013 NFL season, referees penalized teams 54 times for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the 2016 season, through week 12, there have already been 54 penalties assessed, this increase is mostly due to touchdown celebrations earlier in the season.

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Monday Night Football Sees Lowest Rating in Nine Years

Monday Night Football remains one of the most watched television programs of the week, and of course dominates the Monday night time slot its in.

However, just because this strong positioning remains, doesn’t necessarily mean things are going great for the network its hosted on. Earlier this week, there were reports that Nielsen showed a 600,000 subscriber drop for ESPN, one of the biggest yet.

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Game Seven of the World Series Most Watched Game Since 1991

Baseball has found itself in a bit of a lull most seasons, but every playoff season always seems to breathe some life into the sport.

The 2016 World Series was one of the most anticipated match ups in recent memory, with seemingly most of the country watching in hopes that the Chicago Cubs could break the curse. The team had not, until last night, won a World Series since the early 1900s.

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The November Nielsen Ratings About ESPN are Wrong

Everyone has been reporting on Nielsen’s latest numbers suggesting that ESPN has lost over 600,000 subscribers.

Citing things like the rise of cord cutting, a decline in quality programming, and the NFL’s decreasing rankings, there were plenty of reasons to believe that these numbers were accurate.

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Welcome to the New Sports Facts Website

Welcome to the new Sports Facts website. We’re happy to now be able to publish research online and provide insights and interesting data journalism in the sports industry.

On this new site, we will continue to cover the data behind the major sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college sports, among many others, bringing you interesting stories told by numbers.

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