The Alliance of American Football (AAF), a brand new professional football league, made its debut on Saturday night in prime time on CBS. And without too much marketing and fanfare in advance, both games (San Antonio Commanders vs. San Diego Fleet and Atlanta Legends vs. Orlando Apollos) scored a 2.1 mark for Nielsen's night.

That matched the 2.1 score from a big NBA play on ABC between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the same period.

It was a victory on the first night of AAF.

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Day 2 was a different story. Sunday night's game on the NFL between the Arizona Hotshots and the Salt Lake Stallions on the NFL network earned a score of 0.4 for the night. (The other opening weekend game was held Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network, which does not release its ratings.)

As Sports Media Watch points out in comparison, the XFL earned a superb 10.3 point mark in the night when it debuted on the NBC in 2001. But the ratings quickly dropped and the league only lasted 'a season. AAFC founder Charlie Ebersol, whose father, Dick Ebersol, co-created the XFL with Vince McMahon, told Yahoo Finance last week that AAF had specifically avoided over-commercialization its launch.

"What we did not want to do is what my father and Vince [McMahon] did 17 years ago, which was starting to pound the promos seven months before the XFL, "said Ebersol on the Yahoo Finance Sportsbook podcast. "You crush people with too much and at some point their expectations are so distorted."

From '' Vante Bausby '' (# 41) commanders San Antonio party with fans after intercepting a third-quarter pass against the San Diego fleet during a match of the Football Alliance American on February 9, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes / AAF / Getty Images)

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Perhaps because the expectations were not astronomical, the reaction to the launch of the AAF on social media was extremely positive.

The AAF mobile app became iOS's # 1 sports app, the league quickly gathered more than 200,000 subscribers on Twitter and Instagram, and ESPN featured the best of Saturday night's games on SportsCenter.

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At least, Saturday's numbers suggest that Americans want more football on television during the NFL's off season.

AAF's debut is promising, but he must now keep steam – and eyeballs – throughout his three-month season. An obstacle: the AAF games will not be back on national CBS before the championship match on April 27th. Until then, his matches will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, NFL Network, the Bleacher Report streaming platform, B / R Live, and a match on TNT. .

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