XFL's Week 3 Games on ABC, ESPN Average 1.7M Viewers; 558K Drop from Week 2

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2020

CARSON, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Josh Johnson #8 of the LA Wildcats throws the ball against the DC Defenders during the XFL game at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 23, 2020 in Carson, California. (Photo by Ryan Kang/XFL via Getty Images)
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Viewership for the XFL dipped for the second straight week across ABC and ESPN.

According to XFL writer Mike Mitchell, Saturday's ABC broadcast and Sunday's ESPN broadcast averaged 1.704 million viewers. Mitchell also provided the highest-rated markets:

Mike Mitchell @MMXFLWriter

#XFL Week 3 TV Ratings On ABC: Market ratings for Roughnecks-Vipers The top 5 local markets were Houston (3.5), Tampa-St. Pete (3.3), Tulsa (3.0), Cleveland (2.9) and Norfolk (2.7)

Mike Mitchell @MMXFLWriter

#XFL Week 3 TV Ratings Info For Sunday's BattleHawks-Guardians game on ESPN The top 5 local markets were St. Louis (8.0), Kansas City (2.0), Cincinnati (1.8), Columbus, Ohio (1.5) and Cleveland (1.4).

ABC carried two games in Week 2, which drew 2.262 million viewers, which was down from the 2.9 million viewers ABC and ESPN averaged in Week 1.

The state of Ohio doesn't have an XFL team, yet it continues to show a significant interest in the league. The trend may have something to do with former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.

Mitchell noted a week ago that Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati were three of the top five markets for the DC Defenders' 27-0 victory over the New York Guardians.

Fans who tuned in to FS1 on Sunday were disappointed, though, as the Defenders lost 39-9 to the Los Angeles Wildcats. Jones went 13-of-26 for 103 yards and four interceptions.

Los Angeles Wildcats @XFLWildcats

YESSIRSKI x ✌️ @mikestevensII snags his 2nd INT of the day, bringing the total to 4 for the defense! #TheWildcatWay https://t.co/oZo2wJp5gy

With Jones' poor outing, P.J. Walker climbed to the top of the leaderboard in the XFL's MVP race. Walker threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns while running for 34 yards and one score as the Houston Roughnecks defeated the Tampa Bay Vipers 34-27.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

P.J. Walker has been putting on a show since joining @xfl2020 🔥 Week 1: 23/38, 272 pass yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT Week 2: 20/31, 170 pass yards, 3 TDs 0 INTs Week 3: 24/36, 306 pass yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs https://t.co/Q1ptW95dyX

The Roughnecks are the XFL's lone unbeaten team, and they'll look to remain perfect against the Dallas Renegades on Sunday.