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NFL Viewership Continues Rocky Start To '16; "MNF" Hit Hard By Presidential Debate

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 28 / 16

NFL games in primetime are seeing a sharp audience drop through Week 3, while Sunday afternoons are a mixed bag. Fox is the only TV partner seeing an uptick compared to the same period last season. Fox is averaging 20.43 million viewers through Week 3, up 1% from last year. The net was boosted ...

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