UFL Kicks Off Spring Football Season with Strong Viewership Numbers, Surpassing Last Year’s USFL Ratings Despite Busy Weekend Competition

New UFL Debut on Television is a Hit During Busy Sports Weekend

The UFL kicked off its spring football season on Easter weekend, going head-to-head with the NCAA Tournament and the beginning of MLB games. Despite the competition, TV numbers from Fox and ESPN suggest that the decision to launch during this busy weekend may have paid off. The league, a result of a merger between the USFL and XFL, saw solid viewership numbers in Week 1.

The standout game of Week 1 was the matchup between the St. Louis Battlehawks and Michigan Panthers, which drew 1.35 million viewers on Fox. This exceeded the viewership numbers of the USFL last season, with NBC’s highest viewership in Week 1 reaching 974,000 viewers. The UFL’s 1.35 million viewers marked a 56% increase compared to the average viewership of all broadcast TV games for the USFL/XFL last season.

In another game on Saturday, the Birmingham Stallions and Arlington Renegades drew 1.18 million viewers on Fox, outperforming NBC and Fox’s Week 1 games from the previous USFL season. While the UFL’s numbers compared favorably to the USFL, they were lower than the XFL’s debut in Week 1 last year on ABC and ESPN/FX. The XFL, which began just after the Super Bowl, attracted 1.57 million viewers for its best game and maintained strong viewership throughout

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