UFC 171 Prelims: 305,000 on FS2

March 18, 2014

MMA Payout has learned that the UFC 171 Prelims on Fox Sports 2 received an average viewership of 305,000.  The prelims were moved to FS2 to compensate for the Pac 12 and Big East tournament Finals which were held during the same time as the event.

The prelims on Saturdays received a 0.56 rating in the adult 18-49 rating and 0.90 in the male 18-49 demo.

UFC PPV Prelims on FS1 or FS2

UFC 164                             809,000

UFC 165                             722,000

UFC 166                             628,000

UFC 167                             998,000

UFC 168                          1,554,000

UFC 169                             933,000

UFC 170                             936,000

UFC 171                             305,000

Notably, the Big East tournament final featuring Providence and Creighton was the highest rated college basketball game on FS1 averaging 702,000 viewers and the Pac 12 tournament final featuring Arizona and UCLA become the second highest viewed college game on the network with 680,000 viewers.  The Pac 12 tournament preceded the Big East tournament on FS1 although both games were on at the same time as the UFC 171 Prelims.


Fox Sports 2 is roughly in 37 million homes as opposed to the 85 million homes that have Fox Sports 1.

Payout Perspective:

Unfortunately one of the better prelim cards in recent memory was seen by approximately 1/3 less of the potential audience.  Certainly more people would have seen the prelims on FS1 which featured one of the better fights on the card as Kevin Gastelum defeated Rick Story.  The ratings for the basketball games which were aired instead of the UFC Prelims did not fair substantially better than if the UFC took that spot.

11 Responses to “UFC 171 Prelims: 305,000 on FS2”

  1. Logical on March 18th, 2014 2:42 PM

    Since UFC 171 was a PPV card, it does hurt them when the prelims don’t receive that much exposure, especially when it was such a great Prelim event that would have translated into PPV buys later on the Main Card.

  2. saldathief on March 18th, 2014 6:08 PM


  3. Sampson Simpson on March 18th, 2014 8:14 PM

    Spike wins

  4. Steve on March 19th, 2014 2:58 AM

    How does that number compare to other FS2/Fuel shows?

    I can’t recall exactly, but 300K seems like a huge number to pull on FS2, where it is not unheard of for ratings to drop below 100K.

  5. Tops of on March 19th, 2014 3:25 AM


  6. Diego on March 19th, 2014 5:06 AM

    FS2 absolutely sucks. I think they should re-brand it as a racing channel and call it “Diesel”.

  7. saldathief on March 19th, 2014 5:20 AM

    How do you think the Superbowl would do on FS2? It wouldn’t matter now would it. So basically MMA fans watch a particular channel? If that is true then MMA marketing should gear itself to complete useless morons who cant navigate a remote, cant read a schedule and don’t understand simple life choices. MY take, UFC 171 was a dud and that’s it. Hard core fans only, which is good but not what the UFC needs to carry the boat, their own fault, the ppv numbers will tell more. Still waiting for ppv numbers from the last Rousey fight, Why the wait????

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  10. Diego on March 21st, 2014 6:18 AM

    Your take is wrong. If you read the article it clearly explains why you’re wrong. The Superbowl of FS2 would absolutely suck because it would only be seen in a max of 37M homes. On FS1 it would be seen in a max of 85M homes. That’s the difference. FS2 is also not HD, and a lot of casual fans can’t be bothered to watch non-HD channels. What we have seen time and time again is that for a card to do well, you need some casual fans. The hardcore fans know how to work a remote, but FS2, a non-HD channel that is available in relatively few households, is not going to draw casual fans. Or hardcore fans who don’t get the channel.

    Let me simplify it for you:

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