The National Football League and NBC have cancelled the final installment of Sunday Night Football in 2017.
Scheduled for New Year’s Eve, the broadcast was feared to become a ratings disaster on par with – dare we say – the XFL. Last week’s numbers showed a 35% decline in ratings.
The league is pretending, rather sadly, that it made the move out of “fairness” for fans whose teams face an elimination game.
More from Breitbart:
“The last time the NFL held a Sunday night football game on New Year’s Eve was in 2006, when the Chicago Bears hosted the Green Bay Packers. It was quarterback Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers (and widely expected to be his last game ever). Still, only 13.4 million people watched that game, about a quarter fewer than the average Sunday Night Football game that season.”
Not only did that game tank in what was thought to be Brett Favre’s final appearance, that was back when the NFL’s ratings were good.
Imagine how badly a New Year’s Eve SNF game would do in 2017, with no Brett Favre and terrible ratings?
To put in perspective how bad the ratings have been for NBC’s SNF, the Christmas Eve edition of SNF, tied a 6-year low in the ratings.
The week before that, saw a 35% percent ratings drop from the previous year.
With that kind of “momentum,” it’s easy to understand why NBC would want to save itself from what would have been a massive ratings embarrassment.
Hey, when is the College Football Playoff again?