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.
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.