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XFL AVERAGES 3.3 MILLION VIEWERS FOR SATURDAY DEBUT
ESPN reported that the XFL debut featuring the Seattle Dragons vs. the DC Defenders averaged 3.3 million viewers on ABC Saturday, peaking at four million viewers for the closing quarter of the game.
The relaunched league owned by WWE chairman Vince McMahon debuted Saturday with an early afternoon game on ABC and a late afternoon game on Fox. Sunday's early afternoon game also aired on Fox with ESPN taking the Sunday late afternoon game. Ratings for all four games should be available Monday afternoon.
The strongest market for the debut was Seattle/Tacoma, which averaged a 6.4 rating. followed by Columbus, OH, and Cleveland, OH, both traditionally strong football markets that averaged 4.6 and 4.5 respectively. The Washington DC area averaged a 4.0.
As a comparison, the debut week of the AAF in 2019 averaged 2.9 million viewers for that league's debut on CBS. That game aired in prime time, however, so it may not be a fair comparison. The original XFL averaged a 9.5 rating on NBC in 2001, but fell 52% in week two and had a similar drop in week three and had what were, at the time, record low network TV ratings by the fourth week. The network cancelled its coverage of the league by the end of the season.
Saturday's broadcast was widely praised for unique innovations such as live coverage of the replay officials' reviews of controversial calls and live mics which showed coaches calling plays to the key players.
Source: https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/xfl- ... but-303816
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Sports Illustrated wrote:XFL Ratings Take Tumble in Week 2: TRAINA THOUGHTS
There was a lot of talk on Twitter during the XFL's first weekend about the kickoff format and access to players during the action. However, those two things weren't enough to keep everyone who sampled the games around for Week 2.
Here's how the Saturday ratings stack up from Week 1 to Week 2:
DC at Seattle, ABC: 3.3 million viewers
L.A. at Houston, FOX: 3.2 million viewers
New York at D.C., ABC: 2.1 million viewers
Tampa Bay at Seattle, Fox: 2.3 million viewers
The league also suffered a ratings dip on Sunday, but it's hard to compare those numbers because Week 1 games aired on FOX (3.3 million viewers) and ESPN (2.4 million viewers) and Week 2 games aired on ABC (2.3 million viewers) and FS1 (1.3 million viewers).
Now for some perspective: Two million viewers for a sporting event featuring a brand new league isn't terrible. It's also not great. The biggest concern the XFL should have is the size of the drop from Week 1 to Week 2. Those are significant dips. Week 3 will be key. If the numbers stabilize, the XFL could be in decent shape. If the numbers drop again, don't buy stock in the league's longterm viability.
And if you see anyone comparing the XFL's ratings to the AAF's ratings, don't get hoodwinked. The AAF aired on CBS Sports Network, Turner Sports and NFL Network.
The XFL has the ESPN machine and FOX behind it. It's an apples and oranges comparison.