The UFL made its debut during a packed sports weekend, with games carried by Fox and ESPN. The games drew impressive crowds, with both Saturday games on Fox drawing over a million viewers. The first game between Birmingham and Arlington averaged 1.18 million viewers, while the later game between St. Louis and Michigan averaged 1.35 million. On Sunday, ESPN’s games drew 960,000 viewers for DC at San Antonio and 703,000 for Memphis at Houston.

Comparatively, the XFL had higher numbers in the opening weekend last year, with both games exceeding 1.5 million viewers. On the other hand, the USFL had lower numbers during the first week of 2023, peaking at 974,000 viewers. However, history has shown that the numbers decrease as the season progresses, especially when it comes to spring football leagues.

The big question now is whether the UFL will be able to maintain or improve on its Week 1 numbers. According to Karp’s report, the UFL’s Week 1 high marks a 56 percent increase over the 2023 KSFL and USFL full-season average.

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 this challenge, many are optimistic about the future of this new league and eagerly await what is to come in Week 2 of UFL action!

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