The USFL’s second week early ratings were quite weak; the rest of the weekend is to be determined

Michigan Panthers HC Jeff Fisher talking to WR Lance Lenoir Jr. #7 Photo provided by NBC Sports

By Mike Florio

The USFL entered its second weekend with four games split between Friday and Sunday. Viewership numbers will be critical as the league tries to find its footing. For now, the notes of only one game are available.

Game 1, a Friday night affair in the United States between the Panthers and the Generals, averaged 363,000 viewers. In that game, Michigan lost to New Jersey, 10-6. The result dropped Panthers coach Jeff Fisher to 0-2 in the USFL.

The other week two matches were televised by Fox, FS1 and NBC. Viewership figures for these games are not yet known.

The week one game in the US, played on Easter Sunday, averaged 771,000 viewers. The final match of the first week, moved to Monday evening from Sunday evening due to the weather, drew an average of 268,000 viewers on FS1.

Spring football usually does well at first. The challenge becomes supporting the crowd. Odds for games played on the second Saturday and Sunday of the USFL season will become key data for the USFL’s ability to make it through 2023, when it will compete with the XFL.

The USFL’s second week early ratings were quite weak; rest of weekend to be determined originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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