UFC 158 Prelims: 1.58 million viewer average
March 20, 2013
MMA Fighting reports that the UFC 158 Prelims which aired on FX scored an average of 1.58 million viewers for a 1.03 rating. It made it the third highest rated prelims on the FX Network.
The event was widely watched as it was reported that there were a record number of people that tuned into the weigh-ins on Fuel TV Friday as the airing received an average of 215,000 viewers. The post-fight coverage also received an average of 125,000 viewers. Not bad after 5 hours of fights.
Via MMA Fighting:
The show also did strong numbers in the key demographics, with a 1.45 in males 18 to 49 and 1.38 in males 18 to 34. The post-fight coverage at 1 a.m., right after the pay-per-view ended, did 125,000 viewers on FUEL. It was the record for most viewers of a post-game show after a pay-per-view card.
MMA Fighting goes on to state that people logged on to watch Thursday’s press conference. It was the highest viewed press conference second only to Silva-Sonnen II.
The signs point up toward the success of this event. The 215,000 viewers scored higher than some of the live events on Fuel. Moreover, the weigh-ins occurred outside of prime time so folks made an effort to watch. The takeaways from the high ratings have to be a mix of star power (GSP) plus controversy (Nick Diaz). One would think that Diaz’s antics at the teleconference brought on more folks to watch the press conference, weigh-ins, etc.