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.

Best, Worst NFL Team Arrest Rates



Adrian Peterson is the poster-child, but the Vikings have a genuinely systemic problem: Their 32 arrests in the past 10 years are tied for the league lead. As fans grow impatient with illegal activity among players, franchises like Minnesota's may feel the heat for their role.



Tied with the Vikings is the Denver Broncos, which has had as many arrests since 2005 as the NFL has teams. Despite the well-known locker room presences of Tim Tebow and then Peyton Manning, Broncos players have a knack for finding trouble.



With their recent streak of playoff appearances, you can't quite call them the Bungles. But that string of successes has come amid plenty of off-field problems: Cincinnati's NFL team has had 31 arrests since 2005.



Pacman Jones may be one of the team's most notorious criminal problems, but he's far from alone. In the past 10 years, a Titans player has been arrested 30 times.



It's fitting that a franchise that flies a pirate flag at games would be on the lesser end of the player-arrest spectrum. The Bucs have struggled with off-field problems in the last decade, tallying 26 arrests.



Carolina is one of three teams with only nine arrests in 10 years. Only five of the NFL's 32 teams have averaged fewer than one arrest per year.



The Cowboys can't seem to put it all together and make a run at the Super Bowl, but their off-field distractions aren't a major detractor. The franchise has just nine arrests to its name since 2005.



Maybe it's the steady leadership of coach Bill Belichick, who has always had a no-nonsense approach to being a team leader. If so, his system is working: the Patriots have the third-best mark in the league with only nine arrests in the past decade.



On the downside, rookie head coach Bill O'Brien inherited a team that went 2-14 last season. On the bright side, the locker room hasn't been crawling with bad influences. Houston has had only eight arrests in the past 10 years, the second-best mark in the NFL.



That's right: The least criminally offensive NFL team can be found in Arizona. The Cardinals franchise can claim just seven arrests in the past 10 years.

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