UFC on Fuel TV 6 ratings lowest ever for live event
November 13, 2012
MMA Fighting reports the ratings for UFC on Fuel TV 6 were lowest in company history with an average of 88,000 viewers. However, the live event was shown in the early morning in the United States which may be the cause for the ratings.
A replay of the broadcast was shown 4pm PT/7pm ET which earned an average of 143,000 viewers. In his article, Dave Meltzer notes that the late afternoon (on the West coast) replay was still a rather unique time slot.
The ratings are not good (especially for a show featuring Rich Franklin) but nothing to be alarmed about considering the time slot of the card and its replay. Meltzer compares this show to the UFC on Fuel TV 5 show from Nottingham, England. In that case, the show went live 1pm PT/4pm ET and replayed at 10pm. That show went 111,000 for the live show and 140,000 for the replay.
The ratings reflect the fact that the moving time slots for the international show do not do well when they are live. However, I think the internet demands that the events are shown live and not tape-delayed. Regardless, the international shows are more about creating the audience overseas (especially with Saturday’s show) than tracking the ratings.