The ratings are in for Thursday night’s debut of the UFL on VERSUS.
The good news is that the clash between the California Redwoods (whose uniforms are neither red nor made of wood) and the Las Vegas Locomotives reportedly generated better ratings than NHL coverage on VERSUS.
The bad news is that the numbers would raise eyebrows only if they were someone’s blood alcohol content.
According to UFLaccess.com, the game generated a 0.25 rating, with a 0.29 in the key demographic of men 18-40 years of age.
The numbers might have been much higher if VERSUS were still available on DirecTV.
Tonight, the UFL returns to action at the Cirtus Bowl in Orlando, when the New York Sentinels visit the Florida Tuskers.
The game will feature several former NFL players with recognizable names, including, for Florida, running back Tatum Bell, quarterback Brooks Bollinger, cornerback Fakhir Brown, defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, receiver Doug Gabriel, defensive back (and former Super Bowl MVP) Dexter Jackson, running back Michael Pittman, punter Todd Sauerbrun, defensive lineman Darrion Scott, guard Charles Spencer, linebacker Odell Thurman, tight end Jermaine Wiggins, running back Quincy Wilson, and defensive tackle Claude Wroten.
The New York roster includes cornerback Tra Battle, quarterback Quinn Gray, quarterback Ingle Martin, defensive end Simeon Rice, receiver Koren Robinson, and receiver Craphonso Thorpe.
The game will be available on HDNet, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
With the Florida Gators also playing at LSU tonight, we predict that the ratings will reflect a BAC well within the legal limit.
UPDATE: John Ourand of SBJ reports that the UFL debut was seen in 220,000 homes, and that the Tuesday night NHL game on VERSUS was seen in 405,000 homes. So maybe UFLaccess.com is getting its information from the same folks responsible for letting people know that, you know, a UFL game is actually going to be on television.