AAF Posts Monster Ratings For Debut, Even Beats Out NBA For Television Viewers

Football will forever be king in North America.

Will a lack-luster Super Bowl LIII leaving football fans still with a craving for some football despite the NBA season in full swing, the Alliance of American Football couldn’t have picked a better time for their debut of their league.

The new league aimed at eventually competing with the NFL and the monopoly they are in regard to professional football in the U.S. had their opener Saturday night and the fans tuned in.

The games drew a monster rating, outdrawing a primetime hyped NBA matchup between James Harden’s Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder on ABC.

CBS averaged 2.913 million viewers for the games according to Nielsen.

The opening night featured a slate of two games featuring the San Diego Fleet vs. San Antonio Commanders, and the Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos with the review mostly positive, especially with the rule changes that differentiate the league from the NFL.

The league will hope to continue the interest that for this weekend could have been attributed to the curiosity of football fans with a new league available for their viewing.


  1. Randy Oliver. At no time has the aaf said they are going to try to compete with the NFL. Their purpose is to develop players for the NFL. Even taking practice squad players similar to the NBA. Horrible article.

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