Week 2 XFL tv ratings are another win.

Week 2 XFL Ratings Are Another Win

Bobby Burack

4 hrs ago

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The XFL Week 2 ratings were down but remained impressive. On Saturday, The Defenders’ 27-0 victory over New York averaged 2,127,000 viewers, while the Seattle-Tampa Bay matchup was watched by 2,324,000 on ABC and FOX, respectively. Dallas’ 25-18 win over Los Angeles drew 2,397,000 viewers Sunday on ABC. The FS1 matchup between St. Louis and Houston scored 1,359,000.

No conclusion can be drawn from the numbers declining from Week 1. The viewership for a newly-created league will always decrease in its second week as the novelty wears off. You start with X amount of viewers, in the weeks following Y drift off, and you are left with Z. We are still weeks away from knowing what Z will ultimately represent.

However, the XFL's second-week ratings were a win. The Saturday games were the two-most-watched events of the afternoon. Like with last week, the cable broadcast, this week's aired on FS1, carried the most credence. 1.4 million is 134 percent higher than the AAF's average on TNT (581,000). Translation: Viewers found the league on its fourth channel this season on its fourth day of action. 

For cable comparisons, the FS1 matchup rated higher than the most recent NBA Friday night doubleheader on ESPN (one million average) and the average of last Thursday's back-to-back airing of NBA games on TNT (1.2 million). AEW's Dynamite, which similarly launched this year, debuted to 1.4 million viewers on TNT. The following week the viewership dipped to 1.1 million viewers (122k came from truTV). The unique wrestling promotion has settled aroundthat number.

As the doubters continuously point out, it's early. Yet, thus far the XFL's viewership is at leaston par with what other non-NFL and college football events averages on the four channels (ESPN, ABC, FOX, and FS1).

The XFL isn't a gimmick, it has interest. The play isn't great, but it's not the AAF. It's worth watching on the weekends, which is exactly what it was designed to be.

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It would be so boss if it dwarfed the nfl at some point, I don't see it, but the furure is stil undecided...

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Trump's and Vince McMahon MAGA hand in hand. 

kingofpancakes -

It would be so boss if it dwarfed the nfl at some point, I don't see it, but the furure is stil undecided...

Literally impossible. But it’s still going to be nice to have as a secondary league for those who don’t make it to NFL teams or even kids coming out of high school who don’t want to go to college 

Vegito Blue - 
kingofpancakes -

It would be so boss if it dwarfed the nfl at some point, I don't see it, but the furure is stil undecided...

Literally impossible. But it’s still going to be nice to have as a secondary league for those who don’t make it to NFL teams or even kids coming out of high school who don’t want to go to college 

Yeah....there's room for compitition, That's fine with me. 

I caught the second half of the Battlehawks game and was very entertained.

Would be nice to see it consistently beat the NBA just to see how ESPN handles it.

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I want the nba to be good too.

If they keep ratings that are higher than regular season NBA games I don't see how they can fail. 2 Mill send like a good base line. I think anything below 1.2-1.3 million for games broadcast on network tv is probably the cutoff point where Vince could pull the plug.

Regardless I see him giving it at heart a couple years no matter what the ratings are. 

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