XFL Loses More Than 1 Million Viewers – Per Game – in Week 2

On average, games shed more than one-third of Kickoff Weekend’s audience

Last Updated: February 19, 2020 @ 11:52 AM

The XFL didn’t put up nearly as good a fight in its second round of games, with Vince McMahon’s NFL alternative losing more than 1 million viewers — per game — in Week 2. Once again, three games aired on broadcast and one on cable.

While the first week of XFL matchups (played on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9) averaged 3,118,250 total viewers per game across Fox, ABC and ESPN, the second set drew an average of 2,051,750 per game across ABC, Fox and Fs1 on Saturday and Sunday, according to Nielsen.

On average, the Week 2 XFL games shed more than one-third of the Kickoff Weekend’s audience.

Saturday’s DC Defenders’ 27-0 blowout victory over the New York Guardians averaged 2,127,000 viewers on ABC, which is down 36% from the amount of eyeballs the prior Saturday’s D.C.-Seattle Dragons game drew. That one also aired on ABC.

On Sunday, ABC broadcast the Dallas Renegades’ 25-18 win over the Los Angeles Wildcats, which averaged 2,397,000 viewers. That was -17% from the first Sunday XFL game, which aired on sister cable channel ESPN during Week 1.

Saturday’s Seattle-Tampa Bay Vipers matchup averaged 2,324,000 viewers on Fox, down 30% from the 3.3 million that tuned in the week before for the same network’s Houston-Los Angeles game.

On Sunday, the St. Louis Battlehawks vs. Houston Roughnecks matchup averaged 1,359,000 viewers on the Fox-owned cable channel FS1, the first XFL game to air on the network. That one was down a whopping 59% from Fox broadcast channel’s Week 1 Sunday game between Tampa Bay and New York, which drew 3.4 million viewers.

The XFL charges on this weekend, with Week 3’s Saturday games consisting of the Houston Roughnecks-Tampa Bay Vipers matchup at 2 p.m. ET on ABC and the Dallas Renegades-Seattle Dragons showdown at 5 p.m. ET on Fox.

On Sunday, the St. Louis BattleHawks will play the New York Guardians at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and the D.C. Defenders-LA Wildcats game will air on FS1 at 6 p.m. ET.