UFC 172 Prelims: 750,000 viewers

April 29, 2014

MMA Payout has learned from Nielsen sources that the UFC 172 Prelims held on Saturday scored an average viewership of 750,000 viewers which is 2% off the average 765,000 of PPV prelims on FS1.

The UFC 172 Prelims which featured Joseph Benavidez versus Tim Elliott in the “main event” of the Prelim card received a 0.53 rating for adults 18-49, 0.79 for males 18-49 and a 0.57 for males 18-34.

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 (FS2)

UFC 172                            750,000

Payout Perspective:

The UFC 172 Prelims went up against the NBA and NHL Playoffs but the viewership has not been this low on FS1 since UFC 166.  The fights on FS1 were entertaining as they featured the Fight of the Night and two stoppages.

6 Responses to “UFC 172 Prelims: 750,000 viewers”

  1. Sampson Simpson on April 29th, 2014 1:41 PM

    Pretty horrible… as predicted.

    Im just curious how Zuffa is planning to deal with their ENORMOUS debt of $500 million. The clock is ticking… tick tock tick tock

  2. N2 on April 29th, 2014 3:07 PM

    750K is about 1/4th of 1% of America. 0.24%.

    The “hard core” fanbase in America is less than 1M people.

    The ultra hardcore are those buying Fight Pass to watch the pre-prelims. Maybe 100k. Maybe.

    700k is about the same # that watch Nascar qualifying — not a bad measure of Nascar hardcore fans.

  3. Sampson Simpson on April 30th, 2014 1:44 AM

    It’s just a harsh reality that the blacks that watch MMA can’t afford the Fox Sports package. The UFC are pandering to crowds that aren’t able to afford their product.

  4. KKK Dana on April 30th, 2014 9:13 AM

    I hate having Jon Jones as our UFC Champion.

  5. D on April 30th, 2014 2:51 PM

    Sampson, when you bring in as much annual gross as the ufc does, it really isn’t as big of a deal as you believe.

  6. assassin on April 30th, 2014 5:45 PM

    Pathetic ratings. They should be doing 1.5 million minimum for all prelim shows on FS1. That is if there was a reasonable fan base. They have had 9 months on FS1 and only broke 1MM 1x. Pathetic.

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