The UFL’s spring football coverage began on a busy Easter weekend, competing with the NCAA Tournament and the first full weekend of MLB games. Despite concerns about starting at that time, TV numbers suggest the decision may have been justified. The league, a merger of the USFL and KSFL, had a successful first week.

The best game was between the St. Louis Battlehawks and Michigan Panthers on Fox, which drew 1.35 million viewers Saturday afternoon. Compared to the USFL’s numbers from the previous season, UFL viewership was higher. Last year, NBC had 974,000 viewers in Week 1 of Sunday’s game.

Fox’s earlier Saturday afternoon window also drew well, with 1.18 million viewers for Birmingham Stallions-Arlington Renegades game, surpassing NBC and Fox’s numbers in Week 1 of the USFL in 2023. Although UFL viewership was higher compared to USFL last year, it was lower than what XFL debuted with in Week 1 on ABC and ESPN/FX two seasons ago.

Meanwhile, ESPN kicked off its UFL coverage last week with 960,000 viewers for San Antonio Brahmas-DC Defenders game, an increase of over what USFL and XFL games drew on cable last season. Later on Sunday, Memphis Showboats-Houston Roughnecks game averaged 703,000 viewers

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