What happened to all those football fans who said they were swearing off NFL football?
Turns out, they're still tuning in.
According to some numbers-crunching from The MMQB, a plague of scandals throughout September did nothing to ding the NFL's broadcast ratings.
Monday Night Football on ESPN has seen an average increase of about 300,000 viewers per broadcast, compared to the numbers from last season.
CBS, meanwhile, became the home to Thursday night football for the first seven weeks of the regular season and almost doubled the NFL Network's numbers from 2013. Even more impressive, the ratings score was more than 80 percent better than the typical ratings for CBS' Thursday night programming last season.
Elsewhere, there was some slight attrition of ratings, but nothing significant enough to cause concern. Sunday Night Football on NBC was down in ratings by 3 percent through mid-October. But part of that decline could have been the considerably lopsided games aired in that time slot.
Fox, meanwhile, saw only a 1 percent decline in total viewers for its Sunday daytime broadcasts. CBS, meanwhile, says daytime average audiences of 17.52 -- its third-highest mark ever, but down from last year's 18.7 million average.
Some of the variables that can affect ratings are the teams involved and the competitiveness of the game, in addition to the broadcast choices of competing networks. In that sense, the changes in viewership aren't that significant.
But with CBS sparking such an increase on Thursday nights, the overall numbers mean there is more football being watched now than was the case last season.