UFC Fight Night 35 and TUF Nations Ep 1 ratings
January 16, 2014
The Wrestling Observer (subscription required) reports that UFC Fight Night 35 held Wednesday night on FS1 scored 629,000 viewers. After the live event, The Ultimate Fighter Nations received an average viewership of 371,000 viewers.
UFC Fight Night from 7-10pm ET which featured Luke Rockhold KO Costa Philippou was the first Fight Night in the U.S. since Fight for the Troops in November which featured another Strikeforce alum, Tim Kennedy.
The first episode of Ultimate Fighter Nations features Canada v. Australia with coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke.
The Fight Night ratings are the second lowest on FS1. UFC Fight Night 28 from Brazil featuring Ryan Bader taking on Glover Teixeira scored only 539,000 viewers. An event on Wednesday night when most of the west coast is just getting home from work (4-7pm) and no real stars on the card was the recipe for this overnight rating. What will be interesting is seeing the DVR numbers which Fox is starting to look more at instead of its live overnight when gaging success of its programming. Speaking of which, TUF Nations live ratings were low even though it had a live event lead-in. But, how much can you expect from the TUF franchise, especially when it features international fighters. This series is geared toward serious MMA fans and likely not the casual viewer.