Alliance of American Football debuts with strong ratings

11 Février, 2019, 19:51 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Detroit Lions offensive lineman Frank Ragnow during a NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Nov. 22 2018 in Detroit

The quality of play is comparable to the second halves of preseason games, with players who look like they're about good enough to be on National Football League practice squads.

The debut of the AAF delivered a 2.1 overnight rating on CBS Saturday night, the highest for a non-NFL pro football game since a 2004 Arena Football League telecast on NBC (2.5).

Are you a die-hard Football fan? The AAF doesn't have that. The AAF will obviously have to grow its fan base, but the fans it has now seem enthusiastic.

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In the opening two AAF matchups, the Orlando Apollos defeated the Atlanta Legends 40-6, while the San Antonio Commanders topped the San Diego Fleet 15-6. Neither game was particularly close or competitive, and in both games we saw breakdowns on the offensive line and with quarterback-receiver communications that led to some shoddy offense. Viewers' curiosity of an indirect National Football League competitor surely helped early ratings; now we'll find out if the AAF can keep those eyeballs and attract more.

Still, this was a solid start.

But the thing that might excite plenty of AAF fans is the ratings from Saturday.

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