UFC 164 Prelims: 809,000 viewers
September 4, 2013
The MMA Report reports that the UFC 164 Prelims on FS1 scored an average of 809,000 viewers. It is the lowest rated prelims for a UFC PPV since UFC 142.
Ironically, UFC 142 was the first prelim event held on FX which did 880,000 viewers.
In comparison, the prelims for UFC Fight Night 26 did 881,000 viewers. UFC Fight Night 27 last Wednesday drew 824,000 viewers. The prelims for UFC Fight Night 27 on FS2 did only 0.25 with an average of 109,000 viewers.
The start of college football season and the lackluster names on the prelim card is the likely reason why the prelims failed to impress. Early indications according to Dave Meltzer reveal that the UFC 164 PPV buys are better than UFC 163. However, that is not saying too much considering 163 will not exceed 200K PPV buys.