All of the viewership numbers are in for the XFL and the league has every reason to be excited about the future.
FOX’s Saturday broadcast that featured the Los Angeles Wildcats vs. Houston Roughnecks drew 3.29 million viewers and a 1.91 rating.
FOX’s Sunday broadcast that featured the Tampa Bay Vipers vs. New York Guardians averaged 3.385 million viewers and a 2.10 rating. This was the highest-rated game for the weekend.
ESPN’s Sunday broadcast featuring the St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades drew 2.495 million viewers and a 1.43 rating. That is a strong number for ESPN and the rating was expected to be lower than the other games since ESPN’s audience is 30% less than the broadcast networks.
XFL games drew higher numbers than all other sports over the weekend except for coverage of PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am. ESPN’s XFL rating was higher than any UFC broadcast in the history of the network and higher than most regular-season NBA games.
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