The numbers for last weekend’s UFC 182 pay-per-view broadcast aren’t in yet, but it looks like the UFC may have a hit on their hands.
(… along with the current controversy, of course…)
We don’t know how many watched the eventual main event, which pit UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones against Daniel Cormier. But the event’s preliminary bouts, which were broadcast on FOX Sports 1, recorded a very strong average of 1,039,000 viewers — the second best ratings for a broadcast in the cable network’s short history.
FOX Sports 1’s broadcast peaked at 1,346,000 viewers. Those fans were treated to the final bout of the prelim show: a spectacular knockout victory for Paul Felder (pictured above), who flattened the favored Danny Castillo with a spinning back-fist.
The highest-rated show for FOX Sports 1 was another broadcast of a UFC event’s preliminary bouts. UFC 168 back in December 2013 enjoyed an average of 1,554,000 viewers, in a prelim show which was headlined by Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall. The pay per view main event that night was Chris Weidman’s UFC Middleweight Championship defense against former champ Anderson Silva.
This event didn’t quite reach that high, but it’s a clear success compared to the ratings of most UFC preliminary bouts. Last year, these broadcasts reached an average of 712,000 viewers.
The UFC 182 post-fight show was also a success. Its average of 459,000 viewers made it the highest-rated UFC post-fight show ever for FOX Sports 1.
Credit to MMA Payout for the numbers cited here.