XFL ratings dip on ABC in Week Two

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The XFL had very strong ratings in Week One of the return from its 19-year hiatus. The Week Two ratios were strong to quite strong.

According to Jake Russell of the Washington Post, the Week Two ABC games drew an average audience of 2.127 million on Saturday (New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders) and an average audience of 2.397 million on Sunday (Dallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats).

Last Saturday’s XFL debut on ABC, featuring the Seattle Dragons at the Defenders, generated 3.3 million average viewers. The reduction from one Saturday to the next at the same starting time (2:00 p.m. ET) amounts to 1.173 million. That equates to a slippage of 35.5 percent.

On Sunday of Week One, the ABC/ESPN game was televised by ESPN, and it drew 2.5 million viewers. The Week Two Sunday game experienced less of a dip, by 103,000 viewers and 4.12 percent. However, broadcast TV usually generates a much higher audience than cable; thus, it’s fair to assume the audience would have been smaller if the Week Two Sunday game had been televised by ESPN — and that the audience would have been larger if the Week One Sunday game had been televised by ABC.

59 responses to “XFL ratings dip on ABC in Week Two

  1. Who can spend their weekend watching a 2nd rate league immediately following the football season? All you can get here are people who have no other interest other than football, no family life and probably not dating anyone. After seeing the lack of attendance the TV audience will wonder why they are watching (which is why they try to hide the crowd).

    They are going about a new league in just about every possible wrong way you can. No one wants to attend a game outside in NY or DC and NFL just ended its season. The contrast of play from NFL playoffs to this league will only turn viewers off. Start up in May and be done in July.

  2. stipez says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Sorry, what’s “cable”?

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    Typically Millennial…doesn’t know his history. Nothing exists before he came along.

  3. The XFL needs more gimmicks to entice viewers.
    Bring back the nickname jerseys and the cheerleader locker room cam.

  4. stipez says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Sorry, what’s “cable”?
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    It’s a viewing service you pay for as opposed to just thinking everything should be free, just because you are, well, you.

  5. Even the WWE is more viable than the XFL. Everyone knows the WWE is make believe…. Unfortunately, XFL is also make believe. The XFL will never have quality players. It will not survive. — Simple logic.

  6. I think it’s more likely to catch on this time as it’s being pushed as more of a Professional Football League and not an extension of WWE/WWF. Some of the stuff they were doing 19 years ago were just gimmicks to get views.

  7. They’ll continue to dip with horrid QB play. You want to make easy money? Take the under on every XFL game, these QBs are terrible

  8. chillyball says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    stipez says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Sorry, what’s “cable”?

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    Typically Millennial…doesn’t know his history. Nothing exists before he came along.
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    Relax, old timers. This was clearly a joke. Thought this generation was supposed to be “wise” ?

  9. The qb play is flat out awful and makes the product unwatchable.
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    Actually, Cardale Jones of my beloved DC Defenders and PJ Walker of the Houston Roughnecks are playing quite well!!

  10. They should hold a drawing at halftime. The winner gets to play QB for team that has the lead at the half until they are tied or behind.

    The level of play will not drop all that much.

  11. High school football works on Friday nights. This joke of a product is stale. The best teams are not even as good as the Cincy Bungles.

  12. ktimmmtb says:
    February 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm
    stipez says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Sorry, what’s “cable”?
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    It’s a viewing service you pay for as opposed to just thinking everything should be free, just because you are, well, you.

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    No it is a scam that you have been programmed to think you need because you are, well, you.

  13. There’s a small group who really want the XFL to succeed to spur the NFL but in reality it was never going to happen.
    We’re just seeing the start of a consistent decline here, people watched week 1 for the novelty factor but more and more will stop as time goes on.

    Wanting something just to spite something else seldom works out.
    Egg on face for the few who genuinely (crazily) expect this to be good in the long term.

  14. There were lower ratings because it was NBA All Star weekend, there was poor quarterback play, and there weren’t as many interesting trick plays this time around. It would also help the XFL, if it had more known players.

  15. It’s the second week out of eight. I agree with the viewing in the first week, novelty. The QB play is suspect as well.
    Remember, all the teams only had a few practices. No training camp, etc. I’ll give it a few more weeks, unless McGloin is playing. Absolute crap as a QB. A training camp can’t help him.
    Just my opinion.

  16. There are two good QB’s, 2 others are not bad They have to work on the other 4. But overall the games are enjoyable. The ratings are always high on week 1 drop on week 2 and then level off. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

  17. Sunday’s QB play was very good and the games were exciting, and the Late game Saturday was fun as the Defenses were playing well. Know one is saying to set your schedule around the games but it beats just about anything else to watch on TV. And that’s the point.

    The play should only improve as they play more since they had no preseason and camp was 4-5 weeks.

    Football RULES.

  18. WelcomeToBroncoLand says:
    February 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm
    chillyball says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    stipez says:
    February 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Sorry, what’s “cable”?

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    Typically Millennial…doesn’t know his history. Nothing exists before he came along.
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    Relax, old timers. This was clearly a joke. Thought this generation was supposed to be “wise”
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    Maybe one of you Gen Xers or Millenials can tell us how you get your computer, not phone, online without cable…..?

  19. PFT why aren’t you reporting that attendance was UP from week 1?

    Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons: 29,172
    New York Guardians at DC Defenders: 15,031
    Dallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats: 14,997
    St. Louis Battlehawks at Houston Roughnecks: 17,103

    The Vipers vs. Dragons game topped all week one attendance numbers. That game pushed overall attendance up from week one to 76,285, which had a total combined attendance out of four games of 69,818.

  20. Keep watching America. The XFL has been great. Don’t miss out. Houston and DC are off to 2-0 starts, and they have the best QB’s. I would like to see a jet flyover and Taylor Swift do a halftime show. Give the ticket paying fans an experience they will never forget.

  21. Yes numbers don’t lie …. but 2.127 million and 2.397 million is better than anything ABC would have in that time slot this time of year.
    They are paying nothing to the XFL to show games.

    MLS soccer games can’t draw 35% of that number and ESPN/ABC are paying that league …
    “ESPN and Fox Sports pay a combined $75 million per season” 37.5 million a year.

  22. I know some folks like the fact that the league displays gambling info in their on screen graphics.

    So when will the XFL start posting the over/under on when the league will fall? For gambling purposes, of course.

  23. I watched the D.C. game both weeks, it’s enjoyable. This week N.Y. QB says that the whole game needs to be changed while walking in for halftime. Then in the 3rd quarter the QB and coach are talking, cameras zoom in and turn the mike up, while QB throws the OC under the bus. Pure gold.

  24. nagyisterrible says:
    February 18, 2020 at 6:57 pm
    I’d rather watch college hoops.
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    I’d rather watch FB over the Final Four, XFL or CFB Top 25.

    NBA ratings have dropped big this year. Golden State local ratings down 66%.
    That’s the effect of 82 games to eliminate 14 of 30 teams to have a 2 month playoff.

    XFL 10 games reg season, 2 weeks playoff. Every game counts in FB.

  25. The football is actually pretty good, and I love football. The problems I see are similar to the AAF. The guys running the league don’t know what they’re doing. I can’t watch all the coaches in the booth and all the mic’d up stuff. It just looks like minor league gimmick stuff. It distracts from football, which is what I love to watch on TV. As long as they’re fooling around with all that B.S., count me out. If you just want to broadcast a football game, count me in.

  26. Even the WWE is more viable than the XFL. Everyone knows the WWE is make believe…. Unfortunately, XFL is also make believe. The XFL will never have quality players. It will not survive. — Simple logic.
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    Weird that you post this kind of negative crap on every article PFT posts about the xfl. Do everyone and don’t click the story next time.

  27. The qb play is flat out awful and makes the product unwatchable.
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    Seems some of you just read an article here and just jumped on the bandwagon. There was plenty of good QB play as well.

  28. For the league to succeed you need to follow the USFL model till Trump and the other owners got into bidding wars. It worked because each team managed to steal a few aging NFL veterans and draft a few young college stars on the way to the NFL. The play was great. I want this league to succeed but they arnt following the formula.

  29. Being serious here. I thought the quality of play was good. It looked convincing. Not NFL good, but 2nd rate pro good, which is what it’s supposed to be. I don’t like all the sideline hoopla though – Vince is still driven by gimmicks and clearly still doesn’t get the whole picture yet of why Americans watch sports – real sports – not staged fake sports (yes I know it’s hard work with injuries, but everything is scripted like reality TV).

    I don’t like the way the team names and logos were all arbitrarily chosen by some moronic focus group – none of the names or logos sound good and it’s just another layer of superficial fluff. The XFL missed a tremendous PR opportunity when they came up with those dumb meaningless names. Every city to have an XFL team should have conducted a public poll through local news and sports radio and newspapers, asking for ideas and input on names, logos and mascots. That way the locals would feel more connected and more likely to adopt a new team. Instead Vince just outsourced it to some dumb agency to come up with stupid meaningless names that don’t resonate with anyone, and it totally has that empty feel to it, “Here you go, have some product – the blah blah whatevers.” Fated not to complete or make it to a third season. The money they lose will be deserved.

  30. I’m really trying with the xfl but the qb play for the most part has been atrocious. I also think some of cities that were picked to put a team in are questionable. Who in the Tampa Bay area after watching the Bucs get smoked all season every year wants to watch the vipers.

  31. The production values are top notch and even the less interesting games on Saturday provided some excellent insight and drama. Tune in for a BattleHawks game and you won’t be disappointed!

  32. Of course they did. They will drop every week from here on out and by March Madness only degenerate gamblers will be watching. This league will be a net profit loser but survive two seasons only because so much money was dumped into it.

  33. My view on XFL after watching a few games. The teams are pretty trash, The AAFL had better teams and more action.

  34. I’m not a millennial, nor am I a boomer. (we’ve really got to STOP finding new ways to divide ourselves and start standing together.) I’m in between. But yeah cable is dead. You can pay for streaming services that have live TV for a fraction of the cost of cable or satellite. Some just don’t want to change their old ways because they fear change.

    I pay less than half price for Hulu Live vs Direct TV. If Direct TV game me the same exact channels for the exact same price I’d still be with them. But double the price? No thanks. They make you buy channels you don’t want.

  35. Guys gotta stop looking for reasons to hate on the XFL. No, it’s not going to compete with the NFL nor is it intended to. It’s specifically designed not to. The XFL is a league for guys who are among the better college players but are not quite at the top of the game. In year 1 (2020), the XFL is carrying rosters of mostly guys who are a little older than they should be and who have struggled to find a spot in the NFL. Year two (2021) should be where the excitement starts. You’re going to see guys who may have been a top 15 college QB who would otherwise end up jobless, getting a chance in the XFL to prove themselves. Remember Cameron Wake didn’t get a shot until he dominated the CFL. Kurt Warner didn’t get a shot until after the arena league. Guys like Reggie White, Gary Clark and Sam Mills came through the USFL who might have never played in the NFL without that experience. The XFL is not the NFL. And that’s the point. It’s an opportunity, a chance, for guys who have a chip on their shoulder, who know they can play, to go out and prove it. As fans, we owe it to these guys to give them a chance by watching the league and allowing it to survive. I’m confident that somewhere in the next few years, we’ll see some gems who were missed by NFL scouts, prove they deserve to play football for a living.

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