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XFL ratings down 63 percent from Week One

Mike Florio and Chris Simms discuss the XFL's move to publicly admit to an officiating mistake and hope the NFL can learn from this decision.

From a TV perspective, spring football continues to behave like spring. It came in like a lion, and it likely will go out like a lamb.

Via Sports Business Daily, XFL ratings have dropped 63 percent since Week One.

The four Week Five games televised by FOX, ABC, ESPN, and FS1 averaged 1.16 million viewers. Sunday’s games averaged 767,000 on FS1 (St. Louis at D.C.) and 833,000 on ESPN (Tampa at L.A.).

According to ESPN, Saturday’s game between Seattle and Houston averaged 1.546 million. FOX’s Saturday game (New York at Dallas) had an audience of 1.497 million.

The two Sunday games were the first of 10 televised by XFL to fall under a million average viewers.

The numbers remain strong in comparison to other sporting events on TV, but the trend is definitely not the XFL’s friend. And this weekend, the XFL will compete with NCAA conference tournaments.

If the tournaments proceed. And if the XFL games proceed.