Tony Gonzalez (football)

NFL pregame shows tackling players' response to Trump get a ratings boost

NFL pregame shows tackling players' response to Trump get a ratings boost

President Trump’s call for NFL owners to “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem injected a heavy dose of politics into — and, according to preliminary ratings, new interest in — America’s pastime Sunday.

Pregame shows on CBS and Fox Broadcasting, which delved into the controversy, scored significantly higher ratings than comparable weeks when the programs were focused on team matchups, statistics and injury reports.

However, the controversy failed to lift ratings for the actual games on Fox and NBC.

Both networks grappled with less-than-competitive matchups, contributing to the lower audiences compared with last year — continuing a trend of...

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