STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The XFL is eyeing new cities despite the league's plummeting TV ratings.

Under existing plans to add two to four teams in the second or third season, a newly created expansion committee will visit Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

``We have had requests from a number of cities who would like to join the XFL, and we have targeted several for early visits,'' XFL president Basil Devito Jr. said Thursday.

The fledgling football league, jointly owned by the World Wrestling Federation and NBC-TV, has been giving advertisers free commercial spots to make up for lower-than-promised ratings.

Saturday night's Week 7 broadcast on NBC drew a 1.6 rating, believed to be the worst prime-time night among the big three networks in Nielsen Media Research history.