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XFL's solid opening-week ratings edge defunct AAF

The XFL drew 12.47 million viewers for its four opening-week games, and its average audience for games on Fox, ABC and ESPN was roughly comparable to that for the defunct Alliance of American Football’s two season-opening games on CBS last year.

Fox said Wednesday that it averaged 3.385 million viewers Sunday for its Tampa Bay-New York game and 3.29 million for the Saturday game between the Los Angeles Wildcats and Houston Roughnecks at NRG Stadium. A Saturday game between Washington, D.C., and Seattle averaged 3.303 million, and the Sunday game on ESPN between Dallas and St. Louis averaged 2.