For the last few months the NFL has been crying over how ratings are down from the year before, making a huge scandal out of the whole situation. Creating twitter polls, asking everyone to weigh in on the subject as to why it was happening, and it was all for nothing. The simple fact of the matter is the NFL wasn't the most important thing going on in America at the time, there was a polarizing election taking place, of course ratings were down with Trump all over the television set. It was obviously the Trump factor all along bringing down the NFL, anyone that blamed Kaepernick is an idiot, and maybe a tiny percentage of lost viewers was because there was no Brady or Manning in the AFC for a good month. With the election now over, Brady playing again, the ratings have been way up. Fox just announced that the Redskins-Cowboys game was the most viewed regular season football game in their history, the NFL is doing just fine. The ratings are down off record highs, not going to be able to break a record in viewership every single season, that's just unobtainable, so everyone freaking out about the NFL losing fans for the various different reasons can now put that conversation to bed. It was the 2016 election that hurt football ratings, everyone can stop overreacting now, and can stop blaming either the lack of good games, or individual players for the NFL's failures. The NFL is a well oiled machine, its a money machine, that no one can stop, it might've been slowed down for a couple months, but you can only keep it down for so long. Now the NFL is regaining its footing and is probably about to shatter all kinds of records from here on out.