XFL TV Ratings For Week 1 Revealed
XFL TV ratings for Week 1 were revealed this week.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon brought the XFL back from a 20-year hiatus recently.
Two decades ago, McMahon attempted put forth a credible NFL alternative and failed badly.
He ended up losing upwards of $30 million the process and the XFL ended up getting shuttered after just one season.
This time around, McMahon is learning from his mistakes.
During the inaugural weekend of XFL 2.0, the product on the field was better, the personalities were more interesting the resources displayed were comparable to what the NFL trots out on a regular basis.
So how did all of that impact the TV ratings for the XFL’s inaugural weekend?
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On Saturday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Defenders squared off against the Seattle Dragons at Audi Field.
Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones led the Defenders to 31-19 win, and in the process, racked up some pretty impressive ratings.
According to ABC, the outing averaged 3.3 million viewers. That is noticeably more than the 2.9 million that the Alliance of American Football drew in its first game.
The AAF, of course, ended up folding halfway into its first season.
The XFL is unlikely to suffer a similar fate. With broadcasting deals with Fox, ESPN and ABC, as well as McMahon’s large bankroll to support it, the XFL will at the very least survive its first season.
From there, the league’s future is anyone’s guess.