UFC 173 Prelims: 697,000 viewers

May 28, 2014

MMA Payout has learned that UFC 173 Prelims received a rating of 697,000 viewers.  The prelims on Saturday saw a 7% decrease in viewership from April’s UFC 172.

 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

UFC 173                             697,000

The featured fight was Michael Chiesa defeating Francisco Trinaldo.

Payout Perspective:

The prelims went up against a lot of sports on Saturday night including the NBA and NHL playoffs as well as an MLB game on Fox.  The competing sports programming and Memorial Day weekend probably contributed to the lower ratings although it was not far off of UFC 172.

2 Responses to “UFC 173 Prelims: 697,000 viewers”

  1. saldathief on May 28th, 2014 5:11 PM

    at this rate fox is paying the UFC roughly 70 bucks a viewer for this week omg pathetic deal for FOX! and UFC PPv numbers in the toilet since the Fox deal oh boy
    I’m sure Fox has a cancellation policy I would hit the dump button on this deal so far. They cant even get Nick Diaz to fight lol

  2. Chang on May 28th, 2014 5:29 PM

    According to Nielsen, the fight with Fonfara drew an average audience of 672,000 viewers for the live, first-time airing on

    Showtime (while the entire tripleheader telecast averaged 476,000 viewers).

    http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/9208/stevensons-audience-shrinks

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