AAF ratings climb for Week Three on NFLN


A tumultuous week for the Alliance of American Football resulted in a weekend of increased interest.

Via Andrew Bucholtz of AwfulAnnouncing.com, the AAF’s Week Three games on NFL Network had significantly increased ratings over Week Two.

The official numbers, first reported by SportsTVRatings.com, show that the Saturday night game generated an average audience of 491,000, up from 424,000 in Week Two. On Sunday night, the prime-time game drew an average crowd of 515,000, a 90,000 viewer increase from Week Two’s comparable crowd of 425,000.

Making the Sunday night number even more impressive is the fact that the game competed head to head with the Oscars. And while there may not be a significant overlap in demographic, a lot of people watched the Oscars. Still, 515,000 didn’t — and that’s good for the AAF.

Whether the AAF can continue to steadily grow remains to be seen. For now, though, the AAF should be happy that it has carved a niche that maybe, in time, can grow into something much larger.

16 responses to “AAF ratings climb for Week Three on NFLN

  1. I watched a part of one game this weekend and I was surprised by the quality of good hard-nosed football. It was fast and pro-caliber all the way. I was quickly liking what I saw, even though the announcing was not up to par.
    Then it happened.
    A long pass interference call on an obviously non-catchable ball, setting up a first and goal for a team who then scored and went on to win the game.
    It quickly caused me to lose interest. I quit watching at that point.
    If I want to watch two teams play their hearts out only to see egregious calls (or non-calls), I’ll just wait for the next NFL season, although it’s getting harder and harder to stomach as well.
    The AAF seems to be just more of the same, with a few cute rule changes.

  2. I have watched a little bit. I think my biggest problem with attention span is that there are not yet any teams I want to see win, or teams I want to see lose. So I’m not really rooting for anyone either way which, to a certain extent, makes it a little boring at times.

  3. I would watch more, if there was a time schedule. These are the most random channels and times, how is one to really keep up. Why make it hard on the fans.
    I have DISH and I set it up to record all them on CBS because that’s where the first game was, I had no idea
    that the rest were going to be played on TNT or the NFL network or where ever else the are showing them.

  4. Maybe people thought it was one of the multitude of game replays the NFLN shows and then changed channels when they realized it was AAF.

  5. Paul Raymond says:
    February 27, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I would listen more if the broadcast was listenable. The announcers are atrocious


    We’re friends with the Sandiego announcer. Use to be Iron Pigs announcer here in Allentown, PA. He’s actually really awesome to listen to. Peace.

  6. You guys are all nuts if you’re not rooting for the AAF. The NFL needs a league where not only QBs can develop, but so can offensive lineman! Besides, they’re utilizing NFL coaches, and refs that are training to get into the NFL (ok, maybe this doesn’t help my argument) but this league is really a lot of fun.

    I hope they expand to a few more teams. I live in Connecticut, and don’t exactly have a local team to root for. But the football is fun, and I really hope this league thrives.

  7. I like the AAF. I’m a football junkie so I’ll watch the games. I like the rule changes, but mostly the idea of players getting second chances at playing in the NFL. I believe many players fall through the cracks so to speak for numerous reasons. I’m pretty sure that quite a few will get another or first chance at the NFL and will stick there. I’m a fan. But, I agree they need an announcer upgrade.

  8. The issue with the league is if there isn’t immediate success it will fold BUT any new league needs to have a long term plan.

    The NFL took years to fully take hold starting in 1920 and slowly growing before some would argue really taking off in 1958 when the Colts beat the Giants in the Greatest Game Ever.

    At this point I don’t think the investors or society have the required patience for the league to flourish which is too bad because even as a developmental entity the AAF is badly needed.

  9. SO FAR, the league already looks like it will be a good place to spot kickers, punters and special teams depth (LBs and DBs). Eventually other positions will be more thoroughly looked at.

    So pretty much exactly like the the World League of American Football (later known as NFL Europe).

    Guys get spotted and will be asked to come to training camp and see what they’ve got. This is how you get guys like Jon Kitna, David Akers, Donte Hall, Brad Johnson, James Harrison, Jake Delhomme, Adam Vinatieri and Kurt Warner.

    Not all HoFs, but decent multi-year starters in the NFL that got there chance through play in a another (developmental for NFL) league.

  10. I loved what I saw on CBS the first week. I don’t have the NFL Network or CBS Sports network. So the only time I get to watch is when a game is on TNT. The AAF is only in 8 cities. It’s hard to be a fan when you can’t watch games.

  11. Oscars 30 million viewers, AAf 515,000 viewers. I stated before the Oscars would destroy the AAF.

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