NBC is hoping the rest of its XFL telecasts do as well as the opener.
The Las Vegas Outlaws' 19-0 win over the New York-New Jersey Hitmen on Saturday night got a 9.5 national rating, more than twice as high as the network's usual number for the time slot.
The figure means 9.5 percent of the 102.2 million U.S. television households were turned in. Overnight ratings covering 49 major markets had the XFL telecast at 10.3.
More Men Watch XFL Than World Series
In January, NBC averaged a 4.2 national rating for movies in that time slot.
Saturday night's game got a 17 national share — which means 17 percent of the televisions on at the time were tuned in to the telecast. The rating was NBC's highest on a Saturday night since the Olympics last Sept. 30.
The league is jointly owned by NBC and the World Wrestling Federation.
XFL's debut weekend broadcasts Saturday on NBC and Sunday on UPN were watched by a total of 54 million viewers.
Among men 18-49, Saturday's game got a 10.3 rating from 8-11 p.m. EST, the 12th-highest Saturday night rating in the category since Nielsen began its people meter in 1987. The audience in that category was NBC's highest since Game 6 of the 1997 World Series between Florida and Cleveland.
Among men 18-34, the rating (10.2) was higher than the 8.2 average for last year's World Series (8.2) and ABC's Monday Night Football (9.5).
UPN's first telecast, Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Xtreme and the San Francisco Demons, got a 3.1 national rating, down from a 4.2 preliminary overnight rating.