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OSC Weekly Ratings Wrapup

by David Carlson
March 4, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS)

XFL Week 4 Ratings Report

Week 4 of XFL broadcasts continued to slide on Saturday, although there is some indication that the Sunday ratings are starting to level out. Both Saturday slots dropped around 20-25% across all metrics. The Sunday early slot game was also down by similar amounts (and a large drop in households), although the early game was on less-available FS1 instead of ESPN, so, that isn't surprising.

On the bright side for the XFL this week was the Sunday prime time slot and comparing FS1's broadcast in week three to last week's game on FS1. The Sunday prime time game was up in 2 metrics (overall audience and households) and only down 7 percent in 18-49 viewers, with the game going from FS1 to ESPN2. If you compare the FS1 games week to week, it also improved in week 4, being up in all three metrics.

Next week's games are the same slots again on Saturday, with the Sunday early game again on FS1 (3p start), but the late game being at 9p (a west coast game between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles).

Week 4 vs. Week 3 by timeslot (All Viewers/18-49/HH):

Time SlotWeek 3Week 4Diff.
Sat 2pABC (1.91m/676k/1.23)(1.56m/504k/1.01)(-19%/-24%/-18%)
Sat 5pFOX (2.05m/788k/1.30)(1.81m/605k/1.11)(-18%/-24%/-15%)
Sun 3p/4pESPN (1.47m/611k/.90) FS1 (1.11m/493k/.64)(-25%/-20%/-41%)
Sun 6p/7pFS1 (1.00m/477k/0.57)ESPN2 (1.03m/445k/.63)(+3%/-7%/+10%)

Major League Soccer Gets a Prime Time slot on FOX

MLS got onto FOX prime time, dropping over half the audience of its XFL lead-in, with 756,000 viewers and a 0.26 demo rating.

Last Week's OSC Leagues Ratings Summary (18-49 demo rating/total viewers):

2/258pMLSFS1Not in Top 150
2/266pMLSFS2Not in Top 150
2/268pMLSFS2Not in Top 150
2/2710pMLSFS1Not in Top 150
2/2710pMLSFS2Not in Top 150
2/2910pMLRFS2Not in Top 150

OSC Leagues on TV in the coming week:


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NOTE: Don't know what the "demo" is? Unsure of why the different ratings numbers don't match up? Read our explanation of TV ratings in our first article here.

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