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XFL briefs

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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 12, 2001

Ratings drop in Week 2

In the XFL's second week of action on NBC, the preliminary overnight rating plunged about 50 percent, to 5.1 from 10.3 for the league's debut the weekend of Feb. 4.

Saturday night's game averaged a 4.8 rating in prime time, from 8-11 p.m., but generated a 6.0 in the final 45 minutes. The Los Angeles Xtreme won in double overtime against the Chicago Enforcers 39-32. The last 15 minutes, from 11:30-11:45 p.m., produced a 7.5 rating.

Each overnight rating point equals 675,000 households.

Much of the first quarter was not seen because of a power failure at NBC's broadcast compound at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, followed by a malfunction in its generator. During that stretch, the backup game, San Francisco at Orlando, was seen.

The telecast was notable for its lack of the sleazy elements that were evident in the first week's NBC game. Cheerleaders were evident, but no revealing camera shots were used. Some women in bikinis were seen occasionally in a hot tub behind an end zone.

NBC also used more conventional camera shots from the 50-yard line.

The 10.3 overnight rating on Feb. 4, which was an average of ratings in 49 metered markets, became a 9.5 when the national rating was calculated. If the latest Saturday night rating decreases similarly when the national rating is produced, it will become 4.7, the rating NBC guaranteed its advertisers.

Each national ratings point equals just more than 1-million homes.

Sunday's games

BIRMINGHAM 19, N.Y./N.J. 12: The visiting Thunderbolts scored on offense, defense and special teams to improve to 1-1.

Linebacker Keith Franklin stripped the ball from receiver Anthony DiCosmo and ran 12 yards for a touchdown to give Birmingham the clinching points with 4:04 left.

Charles Puleri brought the Hitmen to the Birmingham 20-yard line, but his pass on fourth and 14 with 1:05 left was tipped away in the end zone. The loss dropped New York/New Jersey to 0-2.

LAS VEGAS 25, MEMPHIS 3: Jason Kaiser and Kurt Gouveia scored on long fumble returns, and visiting Las Vegas' defense set up a field goal.

Kaiser scored on an 80-yard return in the second quarter, and Gouveia had a 100-yarder in the third quarter.

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