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UFL Kicks Off Season with Impressive Viewership but Faces Challenges in Maintaining Momentum

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
UFL kicks off strong during busy sports weekend

The UFL launched its inaugural season during a busy sports weekend, with games airing on Fox and ESPN. Both Saturday games on Fox drew impressive audiences, attracting over a million viewers each. The opener between Birmingham and Arlington had an average of 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.

Comparatively, the XFL had higher numbers in its opening weekend last year, with both games exceeding 1.5 million viewers. In contrast, the USFL had lower numbers during its 2023 Week 1, with a high of 974,000 viewers. With these initial numbers in mind, the big question now is whether the UFL can maintain or improve upon its Week 1 viewership going forward.

However, history has shown that viewership tends to decrease as spring football leagues progress throughout the season. It remains to be seen whether the UFL can buck this trend and build a strong and sustainable viewership for the remainder of its inaugural season.

Despite these challenges, Karp reported that the UFL’s high-water mark for Week 1 represents a 56-percent increase over the full-season average for both leagues from 2023.

Overall, while it is still early days for the UFL as it launches its inaugural season

By Samantha Jones

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