Breaking Down XFL TV Ratings From Week Six

Breaking Down XFL TV Ratings From Week Six

Week six of the XFL is in the rear view mirror. Official XFL TV ratings have been released for each game, so let’s take a look at how the league fared. Overall, it was a much more positive week.

 

XFL TV Ratings For Week Six:

Orlando Guardians vs. Seattle Sea Dragons (ABC): 1.047M
Vegas Vipers vs. St. Louis Battlehawks (FX): 371,000
Arlington Renegades vs. San Antonio Brahmas (ABC): 753,000
DC Defenders vs. Houston Roughnecks (ESPN2):

This is an excellent rebound for the XFL, and one that was to be expected. There are a few factors to take into consideration for this week’s ratings.

First, two of the four games were broadcasted on ABC, as opposed to cable networks. Clearly, ABC will generate a lot more viewers compared to smaller stations, such as FX or ESPN2.

At the same time, March Madness was not nearly as large of a competitor this weekend, as it was the last. With fewer March Madness games to watch, it allowed the XFL to deal with less competition. For example, Saturday’s game on ABC didn’t have any NCAA games to worry about.

Uptick From XFL Week Five

Last week’s XFL ratings were the lowest they’ve ever been. Thankfully, week six provided us with better time slots, and stronger networks, which led to the massive boost.

It’ll be intriguing to see how the rest of the season goes. Matchups on ABC have an advantage compared to those shown on FX. That being said, FX is holding its own, consistently seeing 300-500k per game. Also, ESPN+ streaming numbers are not included, which should add some more depth when/if they get released.

371,000 on ESPN2 isn’t going to blow people away, but it isn’t a poor number by any means. ESPN2 averaged 335k viewers in 2022. Not to mention, the XFL playing on a Monday night is not a traditional thing for spring football to do. That being said, there is certainly plenty of room for improvement for the XFL on cable.

Week seven of the XFL kicks off on Friday night, as the Arlington Renegades host the Seattle Sea Dragons at 7pm ET on FX.

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