UFL kicks off strong during busy sports weekend

The UFL made its debut during a crowded sports weekend, airing games that were televised by Fox and ESPN. The games drew impressive audiences, with both Saturday games on Fox attracting over a million viewers each. The opener, featuring Birmingham and Arlington, averaged 1.18 million viewers while the later game between St. Louis and Michigan had 1.35 million viewers. On Sunday, the ESPN-televised games drew 960,000 viewers for D.C. at San Antonio and 703,000 viewers for Memphis at Houston.

In comparison to the XFL’s opening weekend last year, which exceeded 1.5 million viewers for both games, the UFL had lower numbers during its first week of play in 2023. However, history has shown that numbers tend to decrease as the season progresses for spring football leagues like the UFL and USFL from 2023. Karp reported that the high-water mark for the UFL’s first week represents a 56-percent increase over the full-season average for these leagues from 2023.

The big question now is whether the UFL will be able to maintain or improve upon its Week 1 numbers as it continues through its inaugural season. If it can do so, it may be able to build a strong and sustainable viewership base that could help it establish itself as a legitimate alternative to traditional professional football leagues like the NFL and AFC.

By Riley Johnson

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