Week 5 is in the books for the XFL, now let’s see how the league did in the ratings. So far, the XFL has done a great job drawing over 1 Million fans per broadcast, but has seen a dip each week since it kicked off. This is the first week we’re seeing numbers below that 1 Million mark, but there may be some underlying factors in those two games.
Kicking off the weekend we had the Seattle Dragons in Houston to take on the Roughnecks. The game aired on ABC and drew a healthy 1.547 Million viewers. The second Saturday game between the New York Guardians and the Dallas Renegades on FOX pulled in 1.497 Million.
Sunday is where we see the dips, which is consistent with previous weeks. The first game of the day pulled 767k viewers with the St. Louis BattleHawks battling the DC Defenders on FS1. The later game was the latest game aired for the XFL so far this season with a kickoff time of 8pm EST. The game showcased the Tampa Bay Vipers going on the road to take on the Los Angeles Wildcats on ESPN. The game ultimately pulled in 833k viewers to the TV.
These numbers are for people that watched live during game time, but what about DVR? Thanks to Tunity Analytics, we have some insight into how many people watched after the games concluded.
Overall, I still wouldn’t be concerned with these numbers. The league is effectively still beating MLS and NHL in certain markets and is by no means struggling to get viewers. We’ll keep you posted as the season continues to bring you all the latest XFL News.
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