Tom Brady sits dejected during Super Bowl LII

Sunday's Super Bowl is the lowest rated since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. Football fans tuned out in droves rather than watch the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Vince Lombardi trophy in the team's history.

The Eagles upset Tom Brady and the New England Patriots by a score of 41-33 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. reports NBC's telecast on Sunday was even lower rated than the Falcons vs Patriots in 2017 -- a game that currently sits at #3 on the list of Top 5 Super Bowl metered market ratings ever.

Sports analysts say the controversial NFL protests led to a steep decline in NFL viewers overall during the regular season.

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  • Marlika

    A white lady I work with was telling me that her parents are protesting the Super Bowl this year. She said her parents go every year to celebrate her fathers birthday. BUT that her parents are upset about the player kneeling and they think they players are effin up football. I asked her do they know why the players are kneeling. She said she knows and cares but her parents don’t. ?????

  • Ryan

    A lot of people hate the Patriots, and probably not a lot of Eagles fans outside of Philly. Plus nobody's checking for Justin Timberfake.

    I was a Eagles fan for one night, lol

  • 1BlueStar

    Well I watched and thought it was a pretty decent game. Didn't really care about the outcome...I just like football. Oh, and Dem Boyz and since they weren't playing then it really didn't matter to me who won. And no, I did not protest the season. I like football. And regardless if those guys are on their knees with fist pumped to the air, my weekly check and light bill still remains the same soooooo....#ijustlikefootball

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I generally do not tune into Super Bowls and haven't in YEARS but I watched it this year. It was a very good game. I enjoyed myself.

    I think Patriots fatigue might be one of the reasons why there were low ratings. They go every year and people are tired of seeing them. I was glad I saw them get beat.

  • iWasteTime

    So many protest going on :
    Those kneeling with Kap
    Those supporting the flag and the military (still confused by this)
    Those (like me) who hate the Patriots but can't cheer for their teams division rival
    Those who are team Janet Jackson
    Those who are sick and tired of the Patriots being in it, with their cheating selves

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  • Conscience

    The rating dropped because people know the NFL stole that Championship game from the Jaguars. You can't fool people period. NFL is becoming a Fraud. Roger is a clown. Should be fired for lack of integrity.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    I would like to submit to this list: "Those who were against the Prince hologram" lol

  • Nina Ross

    It was boring & justin timberlake is a culture vulture.

  • SweetTEE

    BC everybody just assumed they would cheat anyway.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Trump happened. That’s why folks tuned out. We’re highest in the world for incarceration and violent crime, that’s why folks tuned out. Kap is a symptom of this, not the sole cause of it.

    PS- tuned out because we’re tired of NE’s cheating! “Take the air out the ball, Bill Belichick.” LOL

  • Noirluv45

    Of course her parents don't care because it doesn't affect her or her family. It doesn't surprise me at all. A lot of White folks are like that.

  • Rachel

    They need better artists for the half time show. They recruit those white artists to perform, knowing not many of them can’t the load alone. Justin Timberlake looked like a wooden puppet on string last night. Usher would have been so much better.

  • PYT93

    There was a 3% drop in ratings from last year. The ratings were also better than the last time the Eagles played the Patriots in the 2004 superbowl. There has apparently been a steady decline in ratings for 8 years. This cant all be because of protest.
    Still the most watched show of the year.

    I enjoyed it.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Willful ignorance...

  • Mark mcharm

    The ratings were 47.4 that is still high it was the fact no one likes philly and new england and they still did crazy numbers.

  • puppylove

    Who is your team?

  • hi-liter

    So what.....the guy in the White House would love to think he caused this decline, but this was happening before he even stepped foot on Pennsylvania Avenue. The concussions and CTE have a lot to do with the decline as well.

  • iWasteTime

    New York Football Giants!

  • MsPam

    But the people who claim to protest because of Colin Kaepernick were at the Super Bowl, Diddy , Steph Curry, black folks etc. PTP Part Time Protesters!

  • Yoni7

    My daughter said Melania Trump just pulled up to her job looking pitiful as fukk! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Lady_Elle

    Black men & women have BOYCOTTED most of the season!
    They BOYCOTTED because of the way they Kaepernik was treated!
    NBR 45 has not helped with his racist antics!

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Agreed. JT looked a little rusty last night. He definitely wasn't moving like he used to. And his sex appeal is gone.

  • Lady_Elle

    HE WAS AWFUL!!!!
    I boycotted the half-time show!
    I could hear it... it was boring like he is!
    He should've asked TI to join the performance... selfishly he felt like he could carry the show by himself.

  • iWasteTime

    The 2 that you mentioned, specifically, want to buy the forsale NFL Panthers. Maybe they were starting that process ...
    In stadium viewing has no affect on Television ratings.

  • Rayne

    Heard the half time show was trash. Oh well!

  • tintin

    i don't do football. i finally got through the handmaids tale

  • Lady_Elle

    From Huffington Post:


    Timberlake’s ‘Forgettable’ Halftime Show Made Us Long For
    Janet Jackson
    Even the commercials were for the most part BLAH.

  • J2PC

    The Eagles had to spend more time working twice as hard to contemplate & outthink questionable calls (or lack thereof) by the Refs. -things NFL teams will always have in mind whenever they play against the favorable Pats. ;)

  • J2PC

    Just like most liberal protesting issues in all comes to an end at some point. You have to move onto the next phase or that which really gets the job done: drawing up bills or negotiations to become law (the legality of it all). Otherwise, it is just become a fading emotion & memory tuned out.

    Those mentioned are at the doing something about it phase: trying to buy their own NFL football team (franchise). You can't get their by staying at the initial phase of yelling, screaming & holding posters. There are plenty of others to carry on the that torch.

    Those in power or with business and legal expertise need to get to the conference table & argue for real change (that'll be put in writing).

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  • Kay Gee

    IT WAS exactly that. LOW ENERGY!!! Then again, I only know maybe 2-3 JT songs...Never was a fan. MY radio stays on #R&BSoulHipHopRap music. I haven't listened to NONBlack music since the 70s, unless I'm forced to at someone else's choice in their environment.

  • Gone Too Far

    When has kneeling ever affected the players ability to play the game.... white people can be ignant as hell

  • Smith Jane

    From start to finish. Then I heard him sing “nipple gate” & I wanted throw my remote at the television.

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  • Smith Jane

    I agree. They’ve been cheating all season. And I think it’s brcause they’re the only predominately yt team in the NFL


    NIGGAS will bring up trump in EVERY conversation... lol. we are the most RETARTED group of people in earth. instead of fixing our community we worried about this man's every move..

  • Rayne

    Noooo!! Not nipple gate ?

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I didnt watch or even go near the station. I thought we were protesting?? Besides, isn't that what IG and FB is for? That's where I got my updates.

  • country57

    Me to.

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  • country57

    You nailed it!!

  • what?why

    These men are going to be without a job in the near future. Thanks Colin ...

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Justin Timberlake performance was very underwhelming. It was the worst halftime show I've seen in years

  • freelancepimp .

    Seriously while he might have had a good game nobody was tuning in to watch Nick Foles vs the QB only people from the New England area like.

  • Angela Flowers

    Yep, I kept waiting for a special guest or something big but it never came. So disappointing.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Shut up clown

  • Angela Flowers

    Nope, why "WE" always have to help them out when it comes to entertaining? Besides, they're still complaining about Janet, they complained about Beyonce, so let them enjoy their bland halftime every year which is probably how they like it anyways.

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  • nick c

    Its called death by a thousand cuts

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I know right.


    ok QUEEN.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Yet whyte people will take credit for it like they always do.

  • Conscience

    Good one !!!!!

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Trump and/or white people... lol SMH

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    No offense to you but that is very closed minded. Many (if not most) of the beats and tunes that are in R&B Soul and especially hip-hop have been influence by Rock, Pop and Jazz of old.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    This was actually a good game overall. Didn't really focus on the halftime show. Loved the commercial with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman. I was also happy with the outcome #notaPhillyfanbuthatethePatsmore