The worst Sunday Night Football has performed this season so far, that's an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week's Atlanta Falcon's 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Earlier in the day, ratings for CBS' NFL doubleheader were up 4% from the same week past year.
National Football League ratings were also down an average of 8% over the course of last season.
For whatever reasons people choose to attribute to the NFL's ratings stumble, now more than a year old and something that will surely continue this season, it is not a problem that can really be diagnosed over a single weekend - let alone one game.
"Overall, according to the NFL, Week 3 ratings were slightly higher than Week 3 in 2016", CNN reported.
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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. Did this weekend's events have a dramatic effect on Sunday's games?
NFL teams staged a show of solidarity with protesting players before Sunday's games by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the national anthem, defying President Donald Trump's call for team owners to fire those who refuse to stand.
WXIA fact checkers can VERIFY that ratings were lower for Sunday night's games on some networks but higher on another.
CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today", was up 33% compared to previous year, and scored its best overnight rating since 2010. The show began with a shot of the sidelines of the Ravens-Jaguars game in London that had already started, followed by cast intros and host Sam Ponder "introducing Trump's "son of a bitch" comment (with no bleeps) at an Alabama rally".
Fox, CBS, and NBC all broadcast the national anthem live during football games Sunday - a notable shift away from their usual practice.
This has become a volatile time for the National Football League, as it has to not only deal with President Trump's comments, but also added scrutiny from fans, non-fans, and the media.