UPDATED 9:20 AM PT — Monday, February 4, 2019
It appears more and more fans are turning off the NFL as Sunday’s Super Bowl saw the lowest viewership for the big game in a decade.
Figures from Nielsen Media Research released Monday showed around 100 million people watched the game between the Patriots and Rams, drawing a 44.9 rating. That’s the lowest mark since 2009, and a more than five-percent audience drop from last year.
While the game was historically low scoring, many have criticized the league for player protests during the national anthem. That includes President Trump, who said as recently as Sunday that he believes those protests are disrespectful to the flag and could be hurting viewership.
“I think that when you want to protest, I think that’s great, but I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem –absolutely,” he stated.
The president went on to say he believes some of those who have protested will be in favor of his push to overhaul the criminal justice system.