Local television ratings for recent Seahawks’ games has remained on par with where they have consistently been since the end of the 2012 season, when the arrival of Russell Wilson jumpstarted a string of winning seasons that also significantly boosted TV ratings.
In the 2013 season, when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, local TV broadcasts of Seattle games had an average rating of 38.6 for the season. That number was at 28.2 in 2012 — when it jumped dramatically when the team went on a late-season surge — and 21.8 in 2011, the second year of the Pete Carroll era and the final season before Wilson arrived.
Recent Seahawks’ games have continued to draw ratings right at the number of the 2013 season.
|Game||Local TV Ratings|
|Green Bay Packers||40.6 (Estimate)|
|San Francisco 49'ers||40.6 (Estimate)|
|NY Giants||Not reported|
NFL ratings are down 5.7 percent but Seahawks are holding steady. This is not a great sign for non-Seattle teams but it shows that Seahawks fans are not impacted by the Seattle's decision to allow players like Bennett and the entire Defensive Line to protest during the anthem.
Bennett and his teammates purposely stood during the Veteran's Day celebration to reiterate that their protest is not related to the military and it was an effort to show they are protesting inequality by police.