- The XFL’s second week did not show a massive drop in viewership.
- Fans continuing to tune in during Week 2 bodes a promising outlook on the league’s future.
- The favorites according to betting lines were mostly victorious in Week 2.
HOUSTON – The second week of the XFL season managed to keep fans engaged as the attendance for the games, viewership numbers, and betting on the league all looked positive.
This consistency in viewership is also mirrored in fan attendance as ticket sales show similar results to week one. This is an overall success for the league as it shows that fans are still very much engaged with the XFL.
Those betting on the XFL also saw success, and more stability as opposed to Week 1, with the favorites winning three out of the four games played.
XFL Still Keeping Fans Engaged
Week two of the XFL season is in the books and looking at the total viewership, there are signs of the league showing staying power going forward.
The league managed to keep a good number of viewers from week one as well as increased viewership in some markets.
FOX Sports Director in Seattle Aaron Levine reported the Tampa Bay Vipers vs the Seattle Dragons game actually saw and an 18.8% increase in viewers from the first week.
The @XFLDragons receive a 7.6 rating/22 share in the Seattle-Tacoma viewing market for their game on @Q13FOX on Saturday, an 18.8% increase in viewers from its first week, which is impressive, especially given that another 29k were actually at the game. @xfl2020
— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) February 17, 2020
An increase in week two is a big deal for the league as it tries to gain a foothold as a bona fide football experience. The XFL initially opened with a strong 3.3 million viewers on average. Week 2 just solidifies the legitimacy of the league.
Fan attendance also continued to show a lot of interest. XFL insider Konnor Fulk announced via his twitter account that Week 2 did not see a massive drop in attendance. The stand out again being the Vipers-Dragons game which boasted 29,172 fans.
Week 1 to Week 2 didn’t see a massive attendance drop. Big win for the league.
— Konnor Fulk (@KonnorFulk_XFL) February 17, 2020
More Consistency For Sports Bettors
Week 2’s success also found its way to sports bettors as unlike the unpredictability of Week 1’s results as Week 2 saw the favorites win three out of the four games.
The Dallas Renegades were -220 to win over the Los Angeles Wildcats (+160) and went home with a 25-18 victory.
The Houston Roughnecks were -360 favorites over the St. Louis BattleHawks who were +255 underdogs and were able to protect home field with a 28-24 win.
And the Tampa Bay Vipers were coming in as the -150 favorites over the Seattle Dragons (+115) but once again suffered defeat with the final score being 17-9 Dragons.
However, the stand out victory being Saturday’s matchup between the DC Defenders and the New York Guardians where the Defenders completely stomped NY 27-0. The Defenders were coming into the game as -245 favorites to the Guardians +180 long odds.
Defenders Head Coach Pep Hamilton credited a lot of Saturday’s win to the sacrifice of wide receiver Eli Rogers, who missed his mother’s funeral in order to attend the game.
“We always have a lot to play for, but one of the guys that always put it on the lines for his teammates is Eli Rogers,” said Hamilton. “It was a tough week for not just Eli, but for myself and the rest of our locker room and coaching staff. Just the thought of playing a game and making the ultimate sacrifice and missing out on his mother’s funeral. Even after the game, it warmed me up to see Eli enjoying the victory with his teammates and it’s just a testament to his character.”
The XFL season has shown that football fans want to continue to watch the game even after the Super Bowl, showing a lot of promise for the league going forward.
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